The long-awaited decision on the constitutionality of the PCAOB turns out to be a snoozer. Yet, I agree with David Zarig that one passage in CJ John Robert's decision may well live on even after the case itself is long forgotten:
I predict these stirring words will often be quoted from Roberts's opinion:Granted, it's not exactly William Wallace's speech before the Battle of Stirling Skirling from Braveheart. It's not even President Whitmore's dawn speech on July 4th from Independence Day. But it's not bad. Not bad at all.
- One can have a government that functions without being ruled by functionaries, and a government that benefits from expertise without being ruled by experts. Our Constitution was adopted to enable the people to govern themselves, through their elected leaders. The growth of the Executive Branch, which now wields vast power and touches almost every aspect of daily life, heightens the concern that it may slip from the Executive’s control, and thus from that of the people.