But I have to comment on how happily surprised I am by the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act, including the mandate. I definitely did not expect Chief Justice Roberts to be the one to uphold the 5-4 ruling. Again, pleasantly surprised. I partially think part of it was that when he was confirmed, he spent a great deal of time talking about the importance of separating politics and the judicial branch. And it's also been rumored that he's been upset by the views the American public currently have of the Supreme Court (that it is, in fact, majorly political), so I wonder if that affected it? I'm sure there are many scholars who will talk about this ad nauseam better than I could, so I'll leave that to them. I'll just say that I'm glad it was upheld and all the crazy tea party people (who I still maintain don't understand history or the real tea party) swearing we now live in a dictatorship sure don't seem to think that way when it comes to a woman controlling her own body. I think this is good for the country. It's good for the people to have health care and it's good for the economy.
In other news, building on yesterday's wischasting, I received this daily email as a reminder:
On this day of your life, Mare, I believe God wants you to know...
...that it is never safe to look into the future with eyes
Edward H. Harriman said that, and he was right. Nothing
is fearful lest thinking make it so. I can honestly say that
probably 95% of the things I was afraid of, it turned out
I had no reason to be.
And even if the thing you fear happens...so what? Again,
95% of the time your world is not going to fall apart, your
life will not be in danger. So drop fear by the wayside.
Just... let it go. Then make way for a surprising tomorrow.
I'm trying not to let fear reign over my daily life. I know fear will never completely go away, I think it's just part of the genetic make-up of most of us, but I can learn how not to let it control everything. It's hard, but I'm working on it.