At least one writer at the New York Times is coming dangerously close to a correct understanding of something fundamental about the American system of government.
But even then, the balance of powers still comes into play. If the states have more power – over abortion, the environment, affirmative action – there is less chance that one sweeping vision will rule the country.
And as if comprehending federalism weren’t enough for one day…
“Would Alito’s confirmation change American life?” Professor Friedman said. “Hardly. Sam Alito doesn’t get to write the laws. He only gets one vote that might ultimately mean that legislators get to write the laws.”