Division of Labor
To the Editor:
Daniel Casseœs view that federal court decisions in areas such as busing, affirmative action, prisons, abortion, and separation of church and state freed Congress in the late 70′s to do mischief elsewhere [“A Party of One: Clinton and the Democrats,” July] is, to put it bluntly, off the wall.
First, except for affirmative action, congressional authority in these areas is severely limited and largely directed to proposing amendments to the Constitution. More importantly, the genesis of the important decisions covering these matters came in the late 60′s and the important cases were decided by the Supreme Court in the early 70′s under Chief Justice Warren Burger. Roe v. Wade (abortion) was decided in 1973 and Swann v. Charlotte-Mechlenburg Board of Education (school busing) in 1971.
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