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15 Let it be remembered then, that the business of the federal Convention was not local, but general not limited to the views and establishments of a single state, but coextensive with the continent and comprehending the views and establishments of thirteen independent sovereignties. (emphasis added)
Something else prominent in Mr. Wilson's understanding of the document he himself helped create that has been largely forgotten today!
Yet another profound observation that is argued with by a good many even to this day!
Meantime, keep me on the ping!
Adoption of the 17th amendment destroyed this key element of the founders design!
No government entity may regulate commerce between the states. Offenses which occur across the borders of states may be prosecuted in the state where the victim resides, and the offender may be extradited accordingly."
Even without the commerce clause, Wilson and Hamilton were wrong. Article VI, the Supremacy Clause, of the Constitution, contains this gem. This Constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the Constitution or laws of any State to the contrary notwithstanding. This bit of the Constitution is still ignored today.
Let's be honest. Spoiled children tend to abuse their toys to the annoyance of grown ups. The Congress has abused the commerce clause since the days of the Great Scumbag Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Legislatures of the several states, as well as the federal courts, ignored this founding principle in its entirety.
'Twas politics, they said.
'Twas wrong, I replied.
2) Then there is the issue of the godlike power of the SCOTUS. This was never intended. The Supreme Court fits the classical definition of an oligarachy. That also needs to go.
Decisions of the Supreme Court of the United States may be overruled by a bill passed by two thirds majority in the house and senate. The president may veto the bill. The bill must be presented to the floor of the house no more than thirty days after the first day that the house meets after the day the decision is published.
The last bit prevents the legislative and executive branches from going through history to find decisions they don't like. If they overturn a ruling, the Supreme Court Reporter can cite the case as it appeared in the Court record, with an addition that the rule was vacated. Thus, those who wish to follow the law can see exactly what is allowed or forbidden.
I didn’t realize that we had to sign up again after I received the first post about the new subject for the FReeper Book Club. Please add me to the list. Glad you are tackling this. They certainly aren’t teaching it at schools anymore — elementary, high, college, or even law schools!