Saturday, March 24, 2012

We Should Accept the Supreme Court’s Invitation to Check and Balance Washington, D.C.

Rarely does a unanimous Supreme Court announce a sea change in the balance of power between the states and the federal government. But nearly a year ago, on June 16, 2011, the Court did just that. In Bond v. United States, the Court effectively extended an invitation to strategic lawmaking and litigation under the Tenth Amendment. Constitutionalists should accept the Court’s invitation.

Nick Dranias
Bond v. United States, Federalism, Tenth Amendment:
...the Court’s decision in Bond did not come a moment too soon. As much as we want a strong and vigorous national government, the goal of restraining and moderating its power is more important than ever. Anyone—conservatives and liberals alike—can see that Washington has no idea how to keep its own house. And yet, Washington increasingly insists on telling the American people and the states how they should keep theirs. This concentration of power is not only unconstitutional, it is palpably unwise and dangerous. Citizens need to use every existing constitutional tool to refocus Washington on matters of truly national concern—like getting a handle on the runaway national debt. Otherwise, the federal government will eventually dictate our most important and intimate choices in life. Fortunately, Bond finally gives us the jurisprudence we need to check and balance Washington, D.C.

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