Sunday, March 21, 2010

Bill Foster, Brandeis, and the Blue Eagle


The Supreme Court's invalidation of FDR's NRA been on my mind the last few days and Justice Brandeis famours words about enough centralization, go back home... googling around I found I wasn't alone. From Commentary,

It was a breathtaking expansion of federal power and, for a while, the NRA’s symbol — a blue eagle with a gear wheel in one claw and lightning bolts in the other — and its slogan, “We Do Our Part,” were everywhere. But two years later, the Supreme Court ruled in a famous case, Schechter Poultry Corp v. United States, that the bill violated both the separation of powers doctrine by delegating legislative authority to the president and the commerce clause.

While the court at that point had a majority of conservative justices (two years later FDR would try to pack the court to get rid of it), the decision was unanimous. Justice Louis Brandeis, no conservative, told aides of the president, “This is the end of this business of centralization, and I want you to go back and tell the president that we’re not going to let this government centralize everything.”

Where is Justice Brandeis now that we really need him?

Give us to Nov Justice Brandeis, and we voters'll bring 'em all home....

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