Monday, July 11, 2005

 

Wisdom of the Robed Ones

"If the policy of the government upon vital questions affecting the whole people is to be irrevocably fixed by decisions of the Supreme Court . . . the people will have ceased to be their own rulers." - Abraham Lincoln

Unfortunately, we've had to find out the hard way that Abe was right about this. So now that the will of the people in many facets of life has been overruled, we should turn to the question of how our 'Supreme' rulers are doing. Mark Steyn gives a nice summary of recent court decisions, including the following:

Last week, in two rulings, the Supreme Court decided that (a) displays of the Ten Commandments are constitutional and (b) displays of the Ten Commandments are unconstitutional.

Read the rest of the article. This would be really funny if it were not for the fact that it's actually happening.

Comments:
Thanks for the posting, Chad.
It's a nice reminder why we should all be shuddering collectively at the thought of the possible list of new justices coming up for nomination in the next 3 years. I say this not from a place of political entrenchment, but because it seems so obvious this ultra-powerful branch of government badly needs balance to effectively decide on such a wide variety of issues in order to truly represent the people of this country & their wishes.

Think for a moment... would we want a strictly Democratic Supreme Court? A strictly Republican Court? Before speaking from a place of politics, I think we all have to think of the ramifications of putting into place a series of judges with similar agendas, as they stick around for such a long long while, and can change the face of our government and way of life with one ruling (Roe vs. Wade comes to mind as an example of such a ruling).

I think what we're looking for is balance. Although, I have to say, ruling that having the 10 Commandments in a public space is OK in one state & not in another does not become a "Balanced decision"!

As for the "Eminent domain" ruling that the Government can take any piece of land for "Public Use", I find it outrageous except in the most extreme cases (necessary highway systems, perhaps).
I think the proposed Hotel in NH (Mark Steyn's article) is a great start in illustrating that decisions made with the little people in mind should maybe be a little more carefully considered by those in power... such a decision might come back to bite. Hard.

Perhaps Supreme Court Justice Souter should start packing up his NH home now...
 
ppg,

You're right. The stakes are very high at this point and I doubt most people even realize that. The precedent being sent by the High Court ruling to take away a person's home based to appease a business is nearing an apex of judicial power-wielding.
 
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