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At the center of the Florida suit is the claim that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is "an unprecedented encroachment on the sovereignty of the states," and thus a violation of the Constitution's 10th Amendment. This argument should produce laughter from the bench for the simple reason that states are entirely free to rid themselves of any burdens imposed by the act by withdrawing from the federal Medicaid program.
WASHINGTON — Brash and young though it is, the Tea Party movement has already added something distinctive to contemporary political discourse. It has made the Constitution central to the national conversation.
Corporations do not vote, they cannot run for office, and they are not endowed by the Creator with inalienable rights. “We the People” create corporations and we provide them with special privileges that carry with them restrictions that do not apply to living persons. These truths are self-evident, and it’s past time for the Court to finally get this right, once and for all.
It seemed like a good idea at the time.
An attorney who won a landmark case overturning the District's handgun ban has rankled conservatives who say a Second Amendment case he will argue Tuesday before the U.S. Supreme Court could be fodder for liberal judges to mandate constitutional guarantees for gay marriage, abortion rights or government-provided health care.
The Supreme Court is considering a case that could touch on whether states and cities may infringe upon the right to own firearms. (Jack Kurtz/arizona Republic Via Associated Press)