Today is the first day of oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court to determine whether President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, which was enacted on March 23, 2010, is constitutional. I decided to go down there this morning and check it out!
People camped outside the courthouse waiting and hoping to get a seat in the oral arguments.
Outside the courthouse steps, people were exercising their First Amendment right of free speech and right to assemble. Tons of people were gathered outside the steps marching in favor of the act or protesting against it.
As an advocate of the First Amendment, it was a beautiful thing to see so many people protesting and invoking their rights in a peaceful manner.
Those in favor of the act, chanted and played music. They held signs saying, “Protect my healthcare. Protect the law” and marched in a line.
As people chanted, four people played instruments, which added a little something to the activism.
And people were singing.
Those against the act, were smaller in numbers, but their present was still felt. One protester said “Are we going to stand for freedom or are we going to stand for slavery?”
One man was very vocal about how he felt (I am sorry the audio quality is not too great, but you can hear what he is saying).
There was even the organization Bound For Life, which advocates an end to abortions. According to one of the Bound For Life members, they stand outside the courthouse steps daily- and have been doing so for quite some time. They bound their mouths with tape reading “Life.”