Not satisfied with retirement from his ever more evolving and liberal decisions on the U.S. Supreme Court bench, former Justice Stevens has some suggestions, in a new b$$k, for the U.S. Constitution. These would make it a better document, more in line with his liberal goals.
What was it that James Madison said about the Supreme Court?
“You seem ... to consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions; a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy. Our judges are as honest as other men, and not more so. They have, with others, the same passions for party, for power, and the privilege of their corps.... Their power [is] the more dangerous as they are in office for life, and not responsible, as the other functionaries are, to the elective control. The Constitution has erected no such single tribunal, knowing that to whatever hands confided, with the corruptions of time and party, its members would become despots. It has more wisely made all the departments co-equal and co-sovereign within themselves.”
Looks like James Madison was afraid of people just like Justice Stevens.
One of the suggestions, or is it more like an “infringement,” for improving the Constitution, according to liberal Stevens, is this slight touch highlighted in black:
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms when serving in the militia shall not be infringed.”
That infringement makes the Second Amendment a collective right not an individual, God given right as it is now.
And of course the next step for progressive legislators would be to abolish militias or not let any form.
Freedom is never safe from tyrants.
Stevens is 93 years old and he will not be around making infringement suggestions for long, though I would like to see him agree with some of my suggestions for a better Constitution, if he thinks it needs improvement
The Constitution in Article III states that Supreme Court Justices: “shall hold their offices during good behavior”.
My suggestions for an improved Constitution:
1. “good behavior” defined as, 75 years of age.
2. “good behavior” defined as, no degree or education from an Ivy League school.
3. “good behavior” defined as, elected every five years.
4. “good behavior” defined as, not making suggestions for improving language in the US Constitution or Amendments properly adopted.