Wednesday, June 25, 2014


From Wikipedia:

Judicial Review is the doctrine under which legislative and/or executive actions are subject to review (and possible invalidation) by the judiciary. A specific court with judicial review power may annul the acts of the state when it finds them incompatible with a higher authority (such as the terms of a written constitution). Judicial review is an example of check and balances in a modern governmental system (where the judiciary checks the other branches of government). This principle is interpreted differently in different jurisdictions, which also have differing views on the different hierarchy of governmental norms. As a result, the procedure and scope of judicial review may differ from country to country and state to state.

More here.

You want to know what the true meaning of the Constitution is? Whatever the hell the Supreme Court says it is. We can criticize their decisions. We can explain why their reasoning is faulty, or out of historical context, whatever. We can get angry about how they rule, as I have many times. But once they've ruled, that's it. That's what the Constitution means. Until, of course, they revisit the issue at some point in the future. But before then, a SCOTUS ruling is the law of the land, the true meaning of the Constitution.

I am sick to death of hearing all these Tea Partiers and "Patriots" going on and on about what the Constitution really means, how we liberals just don't understand the Constitution, how what we really need are leaders who "understand" the "true meaning" of the Constitution. All that's bullshit. We freaking KNOW what the Constitution means. All we have to do is look up these decisions and read them.

There is no secret "true" interpretation of the Constitution. Anybody who tells you there is one automatically shows himself to be totally ignorant about how this country functions and should be dismissed immediately as a stupid hick who has no idea what he's talking about.