Anyone, it appears, who would be driven up the wall by a reading of its enumerated powers.
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And people would start to ask: If judges deserve honest money, why shouldn’t the rest of us?
To those who suggest such a scenario is far-fetched, one can say, no more far-fetched than the notion that the entire post-Civil War monetary regime of America would rest on disputes of more than a century ago over payment for a flock of sheep and some bales of cotton. Or that centuries of law on abortion could be upended in a fell swoop by one Supreme Court ruling. Can the Court cast aside precedent to decide such a sweeping issue as legal tender? It certainly didn’t hesitate — nor should it have — in disposing of the notion that racially separate schools could be equal. With everyone from the United Nations to Communist China calling for the abandonment of the dollar as a reserve currency, is it so hard to imagine that the Supreme Court might revisit the legal tender cases?
NO WONDER THE LEFT FACTIONS are so upset, even horrified, at a reading of the Constitution. Its plain language is a challenge to those who think the government can do whatever it wants. The very decision of the Founders to establish a written constitution — England’s is not written, though parts of it, like the Magna Carta, are — was a radical one, creating, as it did, a device through which the terms on which the people and the states were contracting could be enforced over time. Here’s how Chief Justice Marshall put it in the most important of all Supreme Court cases, Marbury v. Madison: “The powers of the Legislature are defined and limited; and that those limits may not be mistaken or forgotten, the Constitution is written.” The liberal camp can take hope in the fact that, while the powers that were granted to Congress may be limited, they are not niggling. Even the limited powers given to Congress are enormous. Conservatives can take hope in the fact that as a runaway administration seeks to break free of the constraints laid down by the Founders there is a parchment on which the terms of agreement were written down, signed, and sealed.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online