from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Accordance with the provisions or principles of a constitution: The high court will rule on the constitutionality of the new law.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The status of being constitutional; of being in accord with the provisions of the appropriate constitution
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The quality or state of being constitutional, or inherent in the natural frame.
- n. The state of being consistent with the constitution or frame of government, or of being authorized by its provisions.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The quality of being constitutional.
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My take on the subject of constitutionality is that the federal government is constitutionally obligated to protect the economic and social interests of the minority (ranchers in WY, MT, ID, et. al.) from the capricious wishes of the majority (the liberal, big-city types coalesced into the various environmentalist groups like GreenPeace).
"My take on the subject of constitutionality is that the federal government is constitutionally obligated to protect the economic and social interests of the minority"
But even opponents of the freedom to have an abortion and of affirmative action, as policies, must acknowledge that the case for their constitutionality is not baseless.
The only reason there's any question about the law's constitutionality is that conservatives appointed five of the nine sitting justices, and conservatives have organized against the constitutionality of a proposal they once considered not just constitutional, but desirable as a matter of public policy.
This is the same moonbat excrement when liberals try to explain constitutionality, if you make the assertion that people are dieing you are also asserting the government is committing murder.
The constitutionality is one part that is extremely important yet most are missing the other point.
But with NSLs -- which have been around since 1978, 18 years longer than HCF subpoenas -- the question of their constitutionality is even more serious.
The determination of constitutionality is up to the court, which is uniquely qualified to make that judgment because of its unblemished record for secrecy and expertise.
Such oscillations would only further a public perception that constitutionality is nothing more than the cumulative product of the political parties 'power and luck at controlling new appointments.
The late Mr. Justice Frankfurter of the Supreme Court of the United States said in his reminiscences, Talking constitutionality is a professional disease, not only among lawyers, but it is also a kind of magical field of ignorance that attracts the laity.
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