Let's think about whether all acts of Congress deserve our respect and obedience. Suppose Congress enacted a law -- and the Supreme Court ruled it constitutional -- requiring American families to attend church services at least three times a month. Should we obey such a law? Suppose Congress, acting under the Constitution's commerce clause, enacted a law requiring motorists to get eight hours of sleep before driving on interstate highways. Its justification might be that drowsy motorists risk highway accidents and accidents affect interstate commerce. Suppose you were a jury member during the 1850s and a free person were on trial...
In the Arizona decision, the Federal government took the position that only it had the right to pass and enforce immigration law, and then defended its decision not to enforce said laws based on "priorities". If the federal government has the right to decide not to enforce the laws it passes, then states should have the right to decide which laws they will implement based on their own priorities. The Obama administration relishes in trying to have everything both ways, but they don't have the ability to enforce Obamacare in every state.
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