Yesterday I made an appearance on The Rick Amato Show for the One
America Cable News Network. A few days earlier, I received an unexpected
call from Sutton Porter whom I'd met a year ago when I went on a couple
of shows--one radio and the other television--with which she had been
associated. Sutton wanted to know if I would come on a new show and I
assumed she wanted me to talk about Ferraris or branding actors or some
such but that was not the case.
On the radio show last year, we
somehow got onto the topic of government and politics; a subject on
which I've done some considerable due diligence over the past eighteen
years. "It's a political show," she told me saying she thought I would
make an interesting guest. "When would you like me to appear?" I asked.
"Is tomorrow to soon?" she answered.
A few days later, I made the
trip into the studio and did two nine-minute segments with Rick and two
other panelists. At the end of these and as I was removing my
microphone, Rick turns to me and says, "We don't usually do this but
would you mind staying for another segment?" I didn't mind.
was my first stint on a news show talking about a subject that interests
me greatly. Rick was a quick and knowledgeable host and the other
guests shared interesting viewpoints. What I had to say had it's basis
in the following opinion written by the Honorable Supreme Court Justice
John Harlan in the 1901 case of Downes v. Bidwell.
This is what he wrote about two different and distinct nations
prevails with some, indeed it has expression in arguments at the bar,
that we have in this country substantially two national governments; one
to be maintained under the Constitution, with all its
restrictions; the other to be maintained by Congress outside and
independently of that instrument, by exercising such powers as other
nations of the earth are accustomed to...I take leave to say that, if
the principles thus announced should ever receive the sanction of a
majority of this court, a radical and mischievous change in our system
will result. We will, in that event, pass from the era of constitutional
liberty guarded and protected by a written constitution into an era of
legislative absolutism...It will be an evil day for American Liberty if
the theory of a government outside the Supreme Law of the Land finds lodgement in our Constitutional Jurisprudence. No higher duty rests upon
this court than to exert its full authority to prevent all violation of
the principles of the Constitution."
Food for thought, no?
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