Good analogy, Phil! Will have to give that some thought. (You can include Canada in the surfing teenager group.)
Tuco, I don't think SCOTUS should have stopped the recount, though I am inclined to think the recount was an attempt to steal the election for Gore. It was a State of Florida matter.
Tuco: you did notice that substantive due process is "a matter of scholarly as well as judicial discussion and dissent". Well I agree with the dissenters. Substantive due process is a relatively recent invention. I am so radically conservative on this point I would even support Congress passing a law taking away the power of judicial review from the Federal Courts, including SCOTUS! However, I think it would be sufficient to limit judicial review to the original jurisdiction of the Supreme Court as intended by the Constitution (Art. III, S. 2, P. 2).
B.T.W. If SCOTUS hadn't stopped the recount and Bush still won, which was likely, then you wouldn't still be complaining about it.
Likewise, if SCOTUS had not decided that anti-abortion laws were illegal there wouldn't be nearly the controversy over it today. At the time of Roe V Wade I think 20 states already allowed abortion, though under limited circumstance in most states.
Difficulty score 69. No green.
Ironic observation: it seems that the same people who want gun control to save innocent children's lives are just fine with abortion.
drwho, it's not so much irony as that we don't consider zygotes to be "children", innocent or no.
Do you consider children killed by drunk drivers to be "children"?