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.
--thanks, BD --those two toons are a possibly-recurring set, first the leftist admin gets schooled by SCOTUS, next, some time has passed and SCOTUS is under attack to the point Ordinary Joe suddenly understands the enormity of threat. That's when a good lefty starts the world war, see.
--just dawned --while admiring (drooling, since i try to scrawl sometimes) the kinetic funhouse drawing of the ''Maria!'' pic, that the order of the two toons could as well be the other way --first the regular folks get riled up, THEN SCOTUS feels the sense of the nation --the dependence of 'is' on what is.
Mercy --the whimsey in that toon --bird twin of guy (with same expression there but why how there, what ink line did that?), electric cat out of the box, giant speeding drops of ink flying upward, chair bucking like a bronco, dialogue bubble exploding the fourth wall --the only thing normal in that space is the yonder doorway, portal to the 'regular' world --rendered by ordinary line in order to 'stage' the foreground action, suggesting you can safely go along, the author is not totally mad.
I don't think I disagree with the first toon. That's why we have a constitutional republic, instead of a Greek-style democracy.
Greek, Roman ... we chose Roman, but with a new device: a Constitution of enumerated powers with a Bill of Rights for explicit denial of powers, that is a poison pill to would-be Caesars.
What's interesting is that despite how far we've come, there was still all that ridiculous talk about The One. Is it possible that a future Prezz will claim the Mandate of Heaven, and/or elevation to Divinity as the Caesars did, and We the People will grant it.
Don't look to the Supreme Court for help in stopping the growth of government regulation. I note in passing, Roe v. Wade. And it was through judicial edict that most of the commie take over has been effected. For example, same sex marriage was court mandated. It keeps the money coming in for divorce lawyers. As less men and women join in matrimony, the lawyers must make money someplace else and since queers are reliably transient partners, what could be better? Prayers in school? A cross or Christmas display in public? The courts say no. The entire notion of 'hate' crimes is not just unconstitutional, it is stupidity itself and yet, the courts love it. We now have 'charity' crimes restricting the distribution of food to the needy. And no, the courts will not overturn those unconscionable laws. Nope, the Supremo's will pass Obamacare while leaving open the hope of future litigation on tertiary issues. Big government always supports big government.
The Supremes are not the backstop. As the Founders envisioned it, every office-holder was to be a defender of the Republic. They believed each would be sufficiently self-serving to resist another office (or branch) usurping their power.
The President, for example, was supposed to refuse to sign bills he believed were unconstitutional. There are several famous examples of this in the first decades of the Republic. Recently we have had Presidents who merely shrug and say the Court should decide.
We have a legislature that shrugs at the President deploying forces against purported enemies foreign and domestic. It is up to the victims to press a suit to the Supremes, when Congress should have defunded or impeached.
The state of Constitutional scholarship has degenerated to the point where many voters, legislators, and even Supreme Court Justices have only one test: Is it a Good Thing? Then it's Constitutional. Is it a Bad Thing? Then it's not.