We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
"Professor Arkes discussed the Four Horsemen, four conservative justices on the Court during the 1930s who tried to block many of President Roosevelt's New Deal programs. He examined many of the Supreme Court cases from the Roosevelt era."
Those four guys saved us. Says the Prof: "We are the beneficiaries of the world that Sutherland and colleagues preserved for us."
Interesting parallel is the way FDR took to attacking Supreme Court Justices who repeatedly blocked or stopped his illegal and damaging programs. Here we are today, deja vu all over again. Obama sees himself as the second coming of FDR, and is determined to pick up where he left off.
In February 1937 President Franklin D. Roosevelt sent to Congress a bill to change the composition of the federal judiciary. This “court?packing bill,” as it was promptly dubbed, was FDR's attempt to expand the membership of the Supreme Court so that he could nominate justices who would uphold the constitutionality of New Deal legislation. The court?packing struggle constitutes a critical episode in Roosevelt's presidency and one of the bitterest clashes between the judiciary and the executive in American history.
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Amity Schlaes in The Forgotten Man holds that the constant starting an stopping of first this plan and then that plan, never letting anything stabilize or show measurable let alone repeatable results, is the over-arching reason the Depression would not lift, and did not, until WWII blew out the paradigm and saved FDR's bacon.
IMHO, the merits of stability are so intuitive that deliberately breaching them in what seems to've been an arbitrary and capricious manner, constitutes a sort of mens rea evidence that FDR wanted first to socialize America and was deliberately sabotaging with uncertainty all nascent recovery movements, via instability masked as "activist hard-work-at-finding-solutions", until such time as he had exhausted the possibilities of that hidden agenda first order of business.
As with Obama, his mere approach as a candidate in the run up to an election was enought to collapse confidence sufficiently to crash already toppy (tho perhaps but as usual temporarily so) markets, and give them both the perfect start: the crisis already unfolding under a predecessor from the other party, opening up the vastest possible stage for hijacking the restrictions that are the heart of the intent of the founder's Constitution.