"Judicial minds have systematically rejected arguments that clashed with their ideologies. Consequently, the forum of last resort has not checked the excesses of the executive and legislative branches."
Robert Dowlut
General Counsel for the National Rifle Association
Arms: A Right to Self-Defense Against Criminals and Despots, 8 STANFORD L. & POL’Y REV. 25 (1997).
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He's right. If the executive, legislative and judicial branches are acting in concert, the Constitutional system of checks and balances is lost. And we're almost there...
 -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    His Majesty, King Obama, flaunts the Supreme Court. He even tried to intimidate them if they vote to outlaw his socialized medicine bill. Let's hope they hold firm and outlaw that monstrosity.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
    Carlton is so wrong again. The assumption is that the way we are is the way that we want to be. Now acting in concert and the citizenry acquiescing is what gave us the first Bush II Presidency. Carlton's apparent concept that the Branches always have and always must disagree is plain foolishness. That is not checks and balances it is a non-existant government which as any reader on this site knows is what Carlton really wants. The NRA guy is right howerver and so we know that Presidents appoint Judges with a certain temperment. We do not live in a theocracy where the laws come down from on high or a dictatorship but in a fluid flucuating state of public opinion. Many guys on this site cannot handle that concept. But should the NRA guy suggest that guns should be taken up for one side or the other then I am sure the other side would do so also. Alas Civil War and that would make the NRA and the gun industry that it is the pay of very happy.
     -- Waffler, Smith     
    Waffler you idiot! You assume a very great deal about what I do or don't think. And your tired old "Blame Bush" theatrics are once again irrelevant in the obvious face of massive corruption through ALL administrations since the civil war. The judiciary / Supreme Court is in place to keep Government over reach in check. When they don't do that they are conspirators in a crime against "We The People". What part of that don't you get? Now, have fun using your twisted communist progressive mind to twist THAT! PS...I heard Bush caused all the tornados in Oklahoma, as well as the crash in the Eurozone and the floods in Australia! Geez he does get around doesn't he?
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    J Carlton, Waffler is entertaining. Not the kind I would ever pay to see or hear, but he is entertaining.
     -- cal, lewisville, tx     
    I'm not sure I find useful idiots entertaining. Dangerous is more like it.
     -- K     
    I have never seen such a prejudiced Supreme Court in my life. Whatever happened to justice? The legal system is so corrupted these days, the People have forgotten that the jury is the final check upon bad laws. That is how alcohol prohibition was defeated -- and they amended the Constitution for that, twice! It is no surprise that the jury selection process is so convoluted and how infrequent federal cases go to trial instead of the Supreme Court.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
     -- Mike, Norwalk      
    This mind rejects anything that clashes with the development of life.
     -- Fredrick William Sillik, Anytown     
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