Monday, April 26, 2010
"On every question of construction carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text or invented against it, conform to the probable one in which it was passed." --Thomas Jefferson, letter to William Johnson, 1823
Too bad that the Supreme Court of the United States hasn't followed that advice since at least LBJ's Great Society. The Justices would do well to begin following that advice forthwith.