English Bill of Rights

Souter, Stevens and Ginsburg seem to be pretty focused on the English Bill of Rights in terms of how to interpret its limitations.  Why?  I thought we had this little thing known as the American Revolution?  To me the English Bill of Rights is only tangentuilly important in terms of the meaning of the Second Amendment.

12 Responses to “English Bill of Rights”

  1. Tom says:

    I have a feeling it has to do with ruling from the top, the anointed get to dictate to the little stupid people.

    Too bad OUR country is supposed to be “we the people”

    Sadly, the liberals will cheer over this as they see government as being able to do no wrong and if the king says it must be so they’ll applaud, or riot in the street like they’ve been known to do.

  2. Ian Argent says:

    Both sides are trying to claim the English Bill of Rights as the roots of the 2A

  3. Ian Argent says:

    ! I just listened to the Solicitor General state that he believes that the federal gun laws are only constitutional under moderate scrutiny. WTF?!? That’s what he said.

    If they are constitutional, they are constitutional under any standard, no?

  4. rev214 says:

    centuries of english law are reflected in our constitution’s bill or rights…the founding fathers relied on this philosophy and tradition…and if our current SCOTUS judges interpret this correctly, the individual right will prevail…

  5. Ian Argent says:

    And then heard Justice Ginsberg say that if the 1A is held to strict scrutiny, the 2A should be as well…

  6. Tom says:

    machine guns are undoubtedly arms. I can’t believe the asinine arguments being made here.

  7. Ian Argent says:

    OK – SG Clement is backing off the machinegun ban – “It’s be nice to have in that Congress passed it, but…”

  8. rev214 says:

    “Justice” and “Ginsberg” together…
    one of the greastest disgraces in the modern judicial era (or any era, come to think of it)…

    did she stay awake the entire time??
    she’s known to take naps during work hours…

  9. Ian Argent says:

    Dunno – she seems to be following the argument – note her question is in our favor (as 1A laws must be construed under Strict Scrutiny).

  10. Tom says:

    Where an you listen to it?

  11. Magus says:

    …English Bill of Rights in terms of how to interpret its limitations

    They keyed in on that because–if it’s the foundation of the American right–the Founders would not have enumerated a lesser right than what the oppressive government they’d just overthrown allowed.