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

September 2, 2019

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