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InsiderOnline Blog: July 2004

The Supreme Court Rules...

...And The Heritage Foundation gathers a few folks to talk about exactly what the rulings mean. Edwin Meese III and Miguel Estrada will be among those answering questions left by the court this year:

What do the detention and anti-terrorism rulings mean, and what will it take for the Administration to comply with the various holdings? The Pledge of Allegiance is safe for now, but can it survive the same challenge from a parent with full custody? Will the growth of “527” advocacy organizations render the decision in the Bipartisan Campaign Finance Reform Act case irrelevant? Did federalism suffer a setback?

More on this when I get back from the event, but in the meantime, you can watch it live over the Web cam. In other court-related news, Roger Pilon looks at how dramatic reinterpretations of the Constitution by the Supreme Court allowed for the huge federal expansion of the New Deal, here.

The rewriting of the Constitution, without benefit of amendment, goes far toward explaining how political forces bent on expanding government have been able to do so in the face of a document written plainly to prevent that. If we are to restore constitutional government, however, we ourselves must take the first step, for those “political forces” include a large portion of a people who have asked for, and even demanded, all the government we have today, constitutional restraints aside.

Posted on 07/12/04 09:59 AM by Mary Katherine Ham

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