The various courts and activist judges across America certainly give us plenty to fret about, but in just the last few weeks three separate federal courts rendered decisions to give conservatives plenty to cheer about and give the Obama Administration and the "progressive" left a bad case of heart burn. All three decisions have enormous ramifications and strike a blow for freedom and common-sense, so we think that qualifies as the Good News for the month of August.
Here's a rundown of the cases and decisions:
1. The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals found that the insurance mandate in ObamaCare is unconstitutional. With unmistakable clarity, the Court called the requirement a "wholly novel and potentially unbounded assertion of congressional authority." Agreeing with the 26 Republican state attorneys general and governors who filled the challenge, the judges wrote in their decision, "We are unable to conceive of any product whose purchase Congress could not mandate under this line of argument." The decision is the first by a Court of Appeals to rule against any provision of the legislation. Previously, the 6th Circuit in Cincinnati upheld the legislation, and a decision is expected any day out of the 4th Circuit in Richmond, Va. The split decisions from lower courts virtually guarantee that the Supreme Court will ultimately decided the constitutionality of ObamaCare.
Bob Beauprez is a former Member of Congress and is currently the editor-in-chief of A Line of Sight, an online policy resource. Prior to serving in Congress, Mr. Beauprez was a dairy farmer and community banker. He and his wife Claudia reside in Lafayette, Colorado. You may contact him at: http://bobbeauprez.com/contact/