March 30, 2012
How refreshing. For two hours, until the radio signal faded as I drove west to the Berkshires Thursday morning, I listened to lawyers argue their case for or against the Affordable Health Care Act passed by Congress and signed by President Obama on March 23, 2010. No shouting, no fabricating, no demonizing, no put downs, no flag waving - just solid argumentation based on legal precedents and references to the powers of the United States Constitution.
The judges probed the lawyers' arguments, asked thoughtful or philosophical or practical questions, even cracked a joke from time to time. It was like listening to a chess match and it was fascinating.
Airing the proceedings was a brilliant idea, a fabulous teaching moment that reintroduced me to the mechanics of how our government works, the checks and balance system between legislative, judicial, and executive branches.
Conservative and liberal philosophies of jurisprudence are still in play but the contention is civil, serious, and based on reason. No matter which way the case is decided, it is a breath of fresh air into the ultra polarized rant climate in the country today.