No Small Wonder
THE SOURCE: “Making Our Democracy Work: The Yale Lectures” by Stephen Breyer, in The Yale Law Journal, June 2011.
Judicial review—the doctrine that gives the Supreme Court the power to invalidate unconstitutional laws and actions—may seem like a natural, common feature of a system of divided government. It’s anything but, writes Justice Stephen Breyer. Despite widespread distrust of government, Americans accept and respect the dicta of the Supreme Court. Breyer calls this attitude “a treasure.”