After reading the cover story on the Supreme Court ruling in this week's Time magazine, my head was swimming. Within the very complex discussion presented, I was most impressed by the fact that solicitor generals from several previous administrations neither split along partisan lines nor found strong fault with the positions taken by any of the justices ... except, of course, Justice Scalia, who is beyond help.
The justices are no match for the constitutional expertise in West Richland, of course, but Justice Roberts' arguments reached brilliantly back to Chief Justice John Marshall who successfully spun the Constitution in Marbury vs. Madison to take unto the court the power to judge the constitutionality of any legislation passed by Congress. Marshall understood the responsibility for restraint that went with that power, and Roberts reaffirmed that responsibility in this instance. My guess is that this section of the Herald will be filled with partisan screeds totally divorced from any historical background, but that's the way it goes in this outpost of the Confederacy.
-- Martin Bensky, Richland