By Elizabeth Price Foley
Within the beginning bankruptcy of this ebook, Elizabeth fee Foley writes, “The sluggish, regular, and silent subversion of the structure has been a revolution that american citizens seem to have slept via, unaware that the advantages of liberty bestowed upon them via the founding iteration have been being eroded.” She proceeds to provide an explanation for how, via forsaking the founding rules of restricted govt and person liberty, we have now turn into entangled in a labyrinth of legislation that control nearly each element of habit and restrict what we will be able to say, learn, see, eat, and do. Foley contends that the us has develop into a country of too many legislation the place electorate keep priceless few wallet of person liberty.With an in depth research of pressing constitutional questions—abortion, physician-assisted suicide, scientific marijuana, homosexual marriage, cloning, and U.S. drug policy—Foley indicates how present constitutional interpretation has long past off target. with out the prejudice of any specific political time table, she argues convincingly that we have to go back to unique conceptions of the structure and fix own freedoms that experience progressively decreased over the years.
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55 These early state decisions grappling with the new federal Bill of Rights appear to be in accord with early Supreme Court decisions. 56 In Bank of Columbia v. Okely,57 for example, the Court was asked to determine the constitutionality of a summary procedure to collect on an unpaid bank note. The plaintiﬀ contended that the summary procedure violated both the Seventh Amendment and a similar provision in the Maryland constitution. The procedure was explicitly allowed by a Maryland statute and Congress had passed an act adopting the “laws of the state of Maryland, as they now exist” as the laws for the District of Columbia.
The Anti-Federalist focus on the federal government was understandable given that the federal government was the new entity being created. The Anti-Federalists’ concerns regarding the new federal government were subsequently addressed by the Bill of Rights, a document that employed broad language protective of individual liberty—indeed, much broader protection than was contained in most state constitutions of the day. Finally, Marshall’s last argument—that the Bill of Rights “contain no expression” of an intent to apply to the states is worthless illogic.
Baltimore 70 —oddly does not discuss any of the early cases acknowledging the textual breadth of the federal Bill of Rights and applying them to the states. Barron, which was decided in 1833, is a terse opinion by Chief Justice John Marshall, in which he declared that the Fifth Amendment’s Takings Clause71 did not apply to the states. Although the holding of Barron was technically limited to the Takings Clause, Marshall’s dicta was much broader, asserting that the entire federal Bill of Rights did not apply to the states because “[t]hese amendments contain no expression indicating an intention to apply them to the state governments.
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