The greatest growth in this country’s influence and economy came when we were following the Constitution as written, before the New Deal era and following extension of the Commerce Clause and discarding the Tenth Amendment.
It will be extremely difficult to reverse, since reversal will mean undoing Social Security, Medicare, the EPA, the Department of Education, etc., etc. Desirable? Yes. Possible? It will take a President willing to veto any bill that violates those principles in which we believe and to appoint judges and Justices who will do the same.
This wasn’t a popular position in law school, but it is the only real reading of the Constitution to me.
Assuming that we will have meaningful elections in 2010, 2012, and beyond, might sufficient backlash against the health care “reform” open a window for a truly conservative administration? How then might the SCOTUS react? Do you see as much as a *remote chance* of “unscrewing” the nation.
An assumption of meaningful elections is a strong assumption. I’m sure Obama and the Dem congress are trying to arrange for their power to be permanent. But, I still hope and pray.