Saturday, July 02, 2005
Mandatory SCOTUS Post
Radley Balko (The Agitator) has a good column on recent SCOTUS rulings up on Fox's website. He concludes:
This means that America may have finally achieved Madison's dim vision: "An excess of power" now prevails, and we're now living under a government that neither respects our right to property, nor acknowledges the property we own in our rights.
Perhaps this isn't the cheeriest of columns to write over Independence Day. But it's certainly appropriate. Thomas Jefferson famously wrote that, "eternal vigilance is the price of liberty." We obviously haven't been vigilant enough.
Coincidentally, July 4 marks not only the birth of America, but the death of two of its founders — Jefferson and John Adams both died on this day in 1826, the 50th anniversary of America's independence.
Perhaps we should mark the date not only by celebrating America's independence, but by working to insure that this July 4 doesn't also mark the death of the ideas that animated its founding.
I recently saw an interesting post on The High Road - what if the Kelo case means that eminent domain can be used against intellectual property? In this case, firearms patents were the IP of interest, but the same idea could be extended much, much further. That's a scary thought.