20 years ago, I recall predicting that if the US ever had a political crisis that threatened the integrity of the nation, it would begin at the Supreme Court. The Constitution devoted only a small portion of the overall document in defining the judicial branch. Only three paragraphs (Article Three) out of roughly a half a dozen pages specifically cover the duties and function of the Court. I reasoned that this lack of detail would allow the Supreme Court to alter and enhance its powers. The Founders might have been astonished to find the extent to which the Judicial Branch has evolved over 200 years.
The recent SCOTUS decision on Obamacare is stark evidence that the judicial branch has pushed the envelope toward a national crisis. While I’m not yet convinced that we’re witnessing the proverbial straw that breaks Uncle Sam’s back, we could very well be watching a preview of coming attractions.
I can envision a flashpoint scenario that begins with a Supreme Court decision of a magnitude so outrageous that a number of states choose to defy it. Should the situation remain unresolved, government entities on both a federal and state level will be compelled to consider extraordinary and unprecedented measures. Political factions will join the conflict, and citizens will begin to choose sides— in short, civil war.
Every now and then you’ll find a leftist who’s bold enough to criticize the US Constitution as an inherently flawed document. It’s good when they do that, because each time it demonstrates the Left’s ignorance and misunderstandings of the purpose and point of why the American founders signed it in the first place.
You’ll find a recent example published in the New York Times. The title alone will tell you much: Our Imbecilic Constitution written by some law professor (again, there’s a tell). It’s just another example of what American citizens are up against when dealing with progressive politics. Don’t think for a minute that there aren’t plenty of liberals out there who would radically change the Constitution if they thought they could get away with it.
For so many liberals in Congress, the Constitution is an inconvenience, and impediment, a stubborn fly in the ointment to their destructive agendas. It gets in the way of what they’d like to do if they could. I find it a bit mind boggling that they don’t recognize that’s exactly why the Constitution was written and ratified: to prevent overreaching politicians from getting their meddling little hands into everyone else’s business.
It was Thomas Paine that correctly described government as “a necessary evil.” For most liberals, I suspect that the US Constitution is at best, a necessary evil–one they will tolerate if they must, but one they will ruin if they can.