Constitutional Rights: Acid Test for Conservatives
No jurisdictional responsibility of the Judiciary committees demands a greater measure of the legislator's wisdom, virtue, and vision than the protection of constitutional rights. These rights, conferred for the most part by the Bill of Rights--the first ten amendments to the Constitution--constitute the previous heritage of liberty under law. Yet these rights are particularly vulnerable to periodic depredations by the Congress and the executive branch, and gradual erosion due to changes in public opinion. There are several reasons why this is so.
First, the constitutional provisions that enshrine these rights were purposefully written in vague and general formulations, such as "due process of law," "freedom of speech," "equal protection of the laws," and "unreasonable searches and seizures," and do not____________________