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To: SJackson
"It should come as no surprise that few politicians really care about the structural issues governing the division of power among the branches, and between the federal government and the states. Politicians get elected because of the immediate results demanded by their constituents, not the long-term structural arrangements debated by constitution-makers and political theorists." - Alan Dershowitz

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.

4 posted on 10/02/2003 5:38:36 PM PDT by 45Auto (Big holes are (almost) always better.)
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To: 45Auto
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.




Well said..
With the caution that ambitious politicians abrogate their own responsibilities to our constitution by failing to regulate the courts..

We have a political problem here, not one of our constitution.
11 posted on 10/02/2003 8:14:26 PM PDT by tpaine ( I'm trying to be Mr Nice Guy, but politics keep getting in me way. ArnieRino for Governator)
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