Will the Constitution be further marginalized tomorrow -- or revived?
Tomorrow, the Supreme Court will issue one of the most important decisions in its history. It will decide if the Constitution, as it currently exists and was originally intended, is still superior to the actions of the two other branches of the federal government.
Throughout America's history, there has been no doubt that it is. This week, and especially from our most liberal quarters, this historical foundation will be disregarded -- and in the most extreme outbursts, denied outright. Those protests will only grow louder if the Supreme Court rules, as it should, and overturns the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
It is therefore worthwhile to keep in mind the opinions of three who helped write, defend, and finally pass the Constitution. James Madison, John Jay, and Alexander Hamilton, collectively authoring The Federalist Papers, offer responses to today's liberals that are, if anything, no less important now than when they originally wrote.
Liberals have already attempted to marginalize the Constitution -- thereby diminishing its role relative to the government -- effectively aiming to decide the case in the court of public opinion before it was ever heard in the Supreme Court. They again will claim that the Constitution cannot keep pace with the exigencies of our modern life. They will say that the federal government is more responsive and knows best.
In response, we should call to mind the words of Madison, writing in Federalist Paper #62: "It may be affirmed, on the best grounds, that no small share of the present embarrassments of America is to be charged on the blunders of our governments; and that these have proceeded from the heads rather than the hearts of most of the authors of them. What indeed are all the repealing, explaining, and amending laws, which fill and disgrace our voluminous codes, but so many monuments of deficient wisdom…?"
The Constitution and the Court remain our last fail-safes against the federal government's mistakes.
|(l-r) Alexander Hamilton, James Madison & John Jay aka "Publius"|