The Littlest Soapbox

April 13, 2010

The Morning Bulletin April 13, 2010

Filed under: Books,News & Politics — mikecgannon @ 10:40 AM

Thomas Sowell leads off this morning’s bulletin, with a sharp rebuke to all those “Oh how great a man is Justice Stevens” articles and editorials that have been running over the past few days, since the aforementioned Stevens announced his retirement from the US Supreme Court.

Justice John Paul Stevens wrote the Supreme Court opinion that expanded the Constitution’s authorization of seizing private property for “public use” to seizing private property for a “public purpose.” And who would define what a “public purpose” is? Basically, those who were doing the seizing. As Justice Stevens put it, the government authorities’ assessment of a proper “public purpose” was entitled to “great respect” by the courts.

Let’s go back to square one. Just who was this provision of the Constitution supposed to restrict? Answer: government officials. And to whom would Justice Stevens defer: government officials. Why would those who wrote the Constitution waste good ink putting that protection in there, if not to protect citizens from the very government officials to whom Justice Stevens deferred?

John Paul Stevens is a classic example of what has been wrong with too many Republicans’ appointments to the Supreme Court. The biggest argument in favor of nominating him was that he could be confirmed by the Senate without a fight.

Victor Davis Hanson has two new columns from yesterday: one detailing Obama’s simplistic, zero-sum view of economic success or failure (though personally I don’t find it simplistic so much as Marxist), and another discussing the dangerous ground onto which the president has taken himself, his party, and the country by pushing ahead so inexorably with his radical agenda. VDH is always worth a read, and he has a new book coming out on April 27: The Father of Us All: War and History, Ancient and Modern

Long-time curmudgeon mbecker908draws attention to Mitt Romney‘s promotion of the “success” of the universal health care legislation passed in Massachusetts under his watch. Mbecker suggests (tongue-in-cheek) that Romney has pretty much announced his intention NOT to seek the presidency in 2012, seeing as mandated health coverage is anathema, not just to GOP and conservative activists, but to the general public as well.

Finally, Moe Lane revels in the supreme irony of this 2008 Obama ad.


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