By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
On Thursday, Judge Roy Moore, former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice, current Republican nominee for Alabama Chief Justice, and President of the Foundation for Moral Law said that the Thursday Supreme Court ruling shows “the tyranny of the federal government that is now upon us.” The former Chief Justice made his remarks in a written statement about the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling upholding the constitutionality of Obamacare.
Former Chief Justice Moore said, “Perhaps the week before July 4th is an appropriate time to recognize the tyranny of the federal government that is now upon us. The recent history of our federal government, to quote the Declaration of Independence, ‘is a history of repeated Injuries and Usurpations, all having in direct Object the Establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States.’ When the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court says that government may ‘tax’ individuals for health care, what is next–mandated life, home, and auto insurance? In ObamaCare, all three branches of government have ignored the Constitution and especially the 10th Amendment, which protects the rights of the states and the people to direct their own destinies. A return to God and the United States Constitution is the only hope for the future of our Country.”
Judge Moore and the Foundation for Moral Law, a religious-liberties organization headed by Moore, had filed an /amicus/ brief with the United States Supreme Court in the Obamacare case, the State of Florida v. the Dept. of Health and Human Services.
Moore’s written statement said, “The Foundation argued in its brief that the Constitution should be interpreted as the Framers intended it; that the Framers established a federal government with limited, delegated powers; and that the Constitution gives the federal government no authority to require states to expand their Medicaid programs and require citizens to purchase medical insurance. According to the Tenth Amendment, these powers are reserved to the states, or to the people. And just as Congress cannot require the states to expand their Medicaid programs, Congress also cannot cut off states’ federal Medicaid funds if they refuse to do so. Indeed, this part of the ObamaCare law was the only part restricted by the Court’s decision today.”
Judge Moore was elected Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court in 2002. The Chief Justice placed a monument to the Ten Commandments in the Alabama Supreme Court building as he had promised voters during the 2002 campaign. Anti-Christian groups sued the Chief Justice and the state of Alabama arguing that the monument was a religious display and thus could not be on public property. A federal judge agreed. When Judge Moore did not remove the monument, a state panel on judicial conduct removed Chief Justice Moore. Judge Moore ran unsuccessfully for Governor in the Republican Primaries of 2006 and 2010. Republican voters in 2012 preferred Judge Moore over incumbent Chief Justice Chuck Malone and presiding Mobile Court Judge Charlie Graddick. Judge Moore still faces an Alabama Democratic Party opponent, Harry Lyon, in the November 6th General Election.
Chief Justice Moore has long been critical of activist federal judges who interpret cases by current moral and ethical thought and international law rather than strictly following the original intent of the U.S. Constitution’s writers.