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    The really old Constitution had a pretty good month

    The really old Constitution had a pretty good month

    And the Bill of Rights, too.

    Who can forget this snippet of wisdom from 2010?

    I’d say June 2014 was a pretty good month for that old document.

    Last week the Supremes shot down Obama’s “recess” appointments because under that old document, they were not really recess appointments.

    And also free speech buffer zones, because even people protesting to protect the unborn are entitled to speak their minds.

    And hey, government, leave our cellphones alone.

    Today, in Hobby Lobby, the principles of religious freedom in the First Amendment, as codified additionally in legislation, were upheld.

    And also today, the Supremes upheld freedom of speech principles in holding that home care workers could not be forced to subsidize public sector union political activities.

    For an old lady, the Constitution is holding up just fine.


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    LukeHandCool | June 30, 2014 at 10:36 pm


    A living, breathing journ-o-list explains our living, breathing document.

    Estragon | July 1, 2014 at 12:44 am

    Liberal law profs Tribe, Toobin, and Turley have all criticized Obama’s overstepping his authority, too, so he can’t just blame the 5-4 ideological split on the Court.

    But with his pronouncements on immigrant and his arrogant, mocking tone, it seems Obama has decided to double down on dictating. He’s not backing off. A clear majority of the population is opposed to increasing immigration, so this will only hurt his standing further (although he is surely near his own bottom, it is hard to see him losing blacks, leftists, and those on government assistance in any great numbers).

    He will hurt his own party in the midterms, and doesn’t care. But if Republicans can take back the Senate, the remaining congressional Democrats may have to make him care, lest an even worse fate await them in 2016.

      C. Lashown in reply to Estragon. | July 1, 2014 at 1:41 am

      re: “But with his pronouncements on immigrant and his arrogant, mocking tone, it seems Obama has decided to double down on dictating. He’s not backing off.”

      No, he isn’t backing off. Honestly, I don’t think he really cares what SCOTUS or the polls say. Obama is focused upon his agenda and considers himself untouchable. He knows he only has a few months left during this term of office and then another POTUS will have to unravel the knots he has tied in our Republic.

      Other nations are maneuvering for world power and economic authority, while we will be digging out of the hole Obama has dug for this nation. He doesn’t fear impeachment or prison, so he’ll just keep on rolling along without any change of course. He is without fear for his future and doesn’t really care what history will have to say about him. He knows that history is written by the victors, and that is what he intends his socialist agenda to be.

    brett_mcs | July 1, 2014 at 6:25 am

    According to Mark Levin, the recess appointment decision was actually a loss. 1. All the Obama recess appointments had already been confirmed, and 2. the interpretation of ‘recess’ was changed by this decision to include holidays etc, whereas before it meant the recess between senates.

    Owego | July 1, 2014 at 7:50 am

    Yes, but America’s had a very bad decade. It’s not clear that the really old Constitution or any of its supporters is capable of stopping the tin pot dictator (see today’s proclamation re immigration) nor how it will aid at all in cleaning up the mess. Very worried. Not comforted.

    Ragspierre | July 1, 2014 at 8:19 am

    I do take some comfort from the month’s rulings.

    But too many of them were too narrow, and too many 5-4 holdings.

    When you have someone as incapable of sound analysis as Sotomayor and Ginsberg on the court, well…

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