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"Emergency does not create power."

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submitted by CS Murphy
 Thanks to Hatman for this comment and permission to share it. Posted below is a comment from a Disqus discussion in regards to use of 'emegency powers' by the government that I did indeed find of interest. Remember there are ways other than social media to learn, connect and be heard; commenting on websites and blogs of interest also works. And as Hatman reminded me, look it up yourself before you share.
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Here's something you may find to be of some small interest:

“Emergency does not create power. Emergency does not increase granted power or remove or diminish the
restrictions imposed upon power granted or reserved. The Constitution was adopted in a period of grave emergency. Its grants of power to the federal government and its limitations of the power of the States were determined in the light of emergency, and they are not altered by emergency.”

~Justice Charles Evans Hughes(1862-1948)
Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

Source: Home Building & Loan Assn v. Blairsdell, 1934

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  • The decision is, as always, complicated; learn more here, Oxford Reference.The case is to do with state vs federal, the great depression, and needs of the people. The SCOTUS is, by design, slow moving and complicated. And it is not in the business of popularity, even on its most perfect of days.
  • Photo is Charles Evans Hughes.

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