Friday, April 20, 2012

Don't Bite The Constitution That Feeds You

The Constitution is a companion of the Declaration of Independence and should be construed as an implementation of the Declaration’s premises, which include: Government exists not to confer rights but to “secure” preexisting rights; the fundamental rights concern the liberty of individuals, not the prerogatives of the collectivity — least of all when it acts to the detriment of individual liberty...

Wilkinson worries about judges causing “an ever-increasing displacement of democracy.” Also worrisome, however, is the displacement of liberty by democracy in the form of majorities indifferent or hostile to what the Declaration decrees — a spacious sphere of individual sovereignty.
While our statist tormentors in Washington seem to think that it's to their advantage to ignore our founding documents, these power gluttons have apparently lost sight of the fact that the U.S. Constitution is the very reservoir from which they draw their borrowed power.

Thus, a Supreme Court justice (or a congressman or a president) who undermines the U.S. Constitution undermines the source of his own authority.

Isn't that ironic?

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