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Which is why it is obvious that we are living in post-Constitutional America. What this nation is coming down to is governance by the "rule of brute force" instead of the "rule of law". That, in my humble opinion, is a recipe for disaster. We have already seen several stark examples of it, including Ruby Ridge, Waco, and the Elian affair, Campaign Finance Reform, the Patriot Act (I know, I know, its a good tool to root out terrorists; think of what a President Hillary would do with that kind of discretionary authority), the Brady Law, the Enviro-fraudulent theft of private property in order to save some little vermin, all are examples of government run amuck. Sure, we have a decent man as president, currently; but what of the near future? Without some sort of basic, absolute principles to guide the law enforcers, the lawmakers, and the law-interpreters, respect for the law will dwindle to the point where balkanization, anarchy, chaos, civil war, and tyranny may be in our future. The Supreme Court has but one task: To safeguard the Constitution from the encroachment of ambitious politicians.
When they abrogate that responsibility and instead become the ultimate and arbitrary source of all law, taking on the role of a little oligarchy of dictators, liberty is lost. And liberty, once lost, can only be regained through extraordinary means.
Over the years this country has, in the judicial arena along with others, altered and compromised the fairly carefully thought-out structure handed down to us. That the house still remains standing is not proof that it is still structurally sound -- it is only proof that at the time of each encounter it has been strong enough to withstand what it has encountered... thus far.
We've gained a fair amount of knowledge by observation of how such a system of government as we have ought to work, and what its strengths and weaknesses are.
But we are also overrun with those who have much invested in the present alterations of the original structure. Putting the pieces back or revamping the system "live" do not appear to be options. Neither, for the same reason, is it possible to take the original plan, revise it with the knowledge we've acquired, and overnight move into that structure.
It seems to me (please show me how I'm wrong) we are committed to keep tinkering with the system until it eventually collapses.
And the worst aspect of this is that it might be so slow and gradual we won't even be (quite) aware of it -- until it is too late. It has happened before, to a people who thought they were free.
Democracy is the problem, not the solution. We now have judges who do what the majority wants, not what the law says.
SCOTUS should have never intervened in the 2000 elections - Florida law was more than adequate to deal with the situation. The florida kangaroo supreme court could have (and should have) been impeached.