Kudos to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on creating a constitutional crisis!
Exhibiting what can only be described as incredible hubris, our state’s highest court decided to rewrite Article I, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution by drawing congressional districts. This section reads, “The times, places and manner of holding elections for senators and representatives shall be prescribed in each state by the legislature thereof ” — except in Pennsylvania, where a court may choose to usurp this power, solely at its discretion.
As if this wasn’t enough, the justices who voted in favor of seizing these powers have violated Article VI (the Supremacy Clause), which specifically states that all judges are to be bound by oath to support the U.S. Constitution — talk about impeachable offenses.
And to be completely frank, the real reason why the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear this train wreck of a case on appeal was because the Republican Party was obviously guilty of gerrymandering our state’s congressional districts, which is what created this mess in the first place.
Well, my parents taught me that two wrongs don’t make a right. Liberal or conservative — of whatever walk of life — we need to adhere to our Constitution and respect our laws. We should also strive to treat each other with the basic fairness that we know in our hearts, as Americans, to be right. Otherwise, we risk losing our republic altogether.
CHRISTOPHER J. PITERA