Any five cranks on the court
Before the latest abortion ruling was handed down, the nation spent a long weekend waiting for the court to tell us on Monday morning what our fundamental law meant. The absurdity of bragging about our 200-year-old Constitution, while remaining in perpetual suspense as to what it signifies, seemed not to occur to anyone. If a law is “fundamental,” it should be settled and, in all but a few marginal cases, clear. But as things now stand, any five cranks on the court can suddenly change our way of life.
Joseph Sobran, 7/4/1989