19 February 2010

Quote of the Day

Well, more of an excerpt than a quote perhaps. Nonetheless, a bit of a follow on from the previous post.
The Freeman | Steven Horwitz | Constitutional Consistency

Both left and right claim that their particular concerns are sufficient to ignore the plain text of the Constitution in order to achieve some higher goal. But these dueling claims only serve to remind us that the whole point of having a constitution is that it should provide consistent protection for individual rights no matter who is in power or what the rationale is for weakening that protection. Having a constitution is a way of trying to avoid these sorts of arguments over what “social goals” are more important than protecting our rights. A constitution reminds us that no social goals are that important.
(Via Jeffrey Ellis)

1 comment:

  1. Hah, we seem to be HT'ing each other quite a bit the past day or two ;-)