December 13, 2010

"Today is a good day for liberty"

By "Today is a good day for liberty"

The Cato Institute's Ilya Shapiro explains why in this CNN editoral.

[T]oday was a bad day for those who say that Congress is the arbiter of its own powers and that the only checks on federal power in the regulation of commerce are political. We have come far from the time when pundits dismissed the lawsuits challenging the new health care law as frivolous political gimmicks.

This is still the beginning of a long legal journey — there's a hearing this Thursday in the Florida-led 20-state lawsuit, then appeals in all the various cases, and none of this will be over till the Supreme Court has its say — but we can now see the day where this unprecedented claim of federal power is definitively rejected as fundamentally contrary to our constitutional order.

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