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.