The role of numbers in accordance with the rule of law is to judicially discriminate politics. Numbers are used in our Constitution to avoid such things as the charge of impracticality, as they are, by design, a compromise, which makes them practical to the parties involved.
Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts said at his confirmation hearing on 15 September 2005: “If the phrase in the Constitution says two-thirds of the Senate – everybody’s a literalist when they interpret that.”
I use Roberts' quote in the introduction of Article the first of the Bill of Rights (2006) and it’s also in Adam Liptak’s article, “Chief Justice Nominee Speaks Volumes, While Saying Little,” New York Times, 16 September 2005.
Why isn’t President Obama running again, running for a third term?
The answer, through its clarity, points to the power of numbers while highlighting our national will to ignore the “thirty Thousand” in Article I and the “twenty” in the Seventh Amendment.
Constitutional numbers ignored is despotism.
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Posted by Bryan W. Brickner