The Supreme Court continues to flex its unelected muscles. In their latest tour de force — perhaps a warm-up to stripping 35 million Americans of insurance protections enacted for them by the Congress and a President elected by 69 million people — five old men chosen, more or less, off the street, at least not subject to any official requirement other than tight insider political connections, declared they can have you stripped naked for whatever they jolly well please, from walking with an unleashed dog to driving a bicycle with a broken bell. As Lord Acton observed long ago, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” The NYT explains here. Money quote:
According to opinions in the lower courts, people may be strip-searched after arrests for violating a leash law, driving without a license and failing to pay child support. Citing examples from briefs submitted to the Supreme Court, Justice Breyer wrote that people have been subjected to “the humiliation of a visual strip-search” after being arrested for driving with a noisy muffler, failing to use a turn signal and riding a bicycle without an audible bell.
Allowing five unelected political cronies to make laws for 313 million is a basic flaw in our current system of government.