Two Landmark Cases Pose Fundamental Questions About Individual Liberty in America Today

By: June 18, 2011

When I first became interested in the subjects of politics, government, and history in high school and college, I was  fascinated by the idea of  “landmark” Supreme Court decisions. The 1954 Brown v. The Topeka Board of Education decision fit that category, and it captured my attention.  “Landmark” decisions, I knew, were those that shaped the future course of our nation’s history.

There are two potential “landmark” Supreme Court decisions expected in the near future that we all should follow closely.  The first decision will come in response to the various challenges to “Obamacare” that should reach our highest court next year.  In addition,  the pending National Labor Relations Board v. Boeing  “regulatory” case may also make it to the Supreme Court. Though the Obamacare cases have received far more publicity, both will have far-reaching implications for our country’s future.

These cases ask two important questions, fundamental to our concepts of individual liberty guaranteed by the Constitution:

1. Can the federal government prevent a business from choosing where to locate its facilities, make capital investments, and hire people?

2. Can the federal government force an individual to buy a specific product?

I would like to see the Voices of the Tea Party publish an e-book written by a qualified constitutional law scholar that closely examines the questions that I have raised about these “landmark cases”.  When the final decisions come down, such a book would be very helpful to those of us who want to understand the full implications of the final decisions.

Quincy Williams is a tea party supporter who works for local government in a Blue State.

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