Archive for April 19, 2012
The country is in crisis. Faced by the worst economic disaster in two generations, a new President with a clear mandate for change rams through a set of controversial economic reforms.
Many Americans oppose the changes. Fearful of change, calling the President a Socialist or Communist or worse, they sue. The first of the economic reform bills make their way to a Supreme Court that is much more conservative than the President. Just months after a triumphant inauguration, still in his first term, the President’s plans are in disarray, thanks to a series of adverse Supreme Court rulings.
The President lashes out, taking what measures he feels are necessary to save his keystone economic programs. He openly criticizes the Court, and the immediate pushback ignites a political firestorm. A political observer, Jeff Shesol, notes: “He didn’t think there was anything in the Constitution that prevented him from doing what he needed to do. The problem as he saw it was not the Constitution; it was the conservatives on that particular Supreme Court.”
As George Santayana, much beloved of conservatives, famously said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” The above events are not current — and yet they are. (more…)