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Old November 20, 2012, 03:50 PM   #38
Frank Ettin
Join Date: November 23, 2005
Location: California - San Francisco
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Originally Posted by Hal
Nope. The issue is who decides if an Executive Order is unconstitutional. And here's a hint: it's not you.
Thanks for the somewhat snotty reply...
Folks toss around "it's unconstitutional" far too casually whenever they think something the government has done is wrong, unwise, bad policy or they just don't like it. As you might have noticed, I don't have a lot of patience with that.

The United States Supreme Court ruling that something is unconstitutional has a great deal of meaning. A federal court of appeal ruling that something is unconstitutional has significant meaning. Someone opining that a court should fine something to be unconstitutional and making a well supported and reasoned argument as to why can have real meaning, depending on the qualifications of the person opining. But a simple "that's unconstitutional" doesn't mean anything.
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