TRIGGER WARNING: I give praise to Englishmen for helping to bring forth freedom and liberty.
For John, BLUF: We owe those Barons a lot! Nothing to see here; just move along.
Today is the 800th Anniversary of the Magna Carta. Here is Columnist George Will, of The Washington Post, writing about "The 588-year path to limited government". This is the line from the Barons meeting with [Evil] King John at Runnymede to Chief Justice John Marshall publishing the US Supreme Court Ruling in Marbury v. Madison on 24 February 1803 read aloud at Stelle's Hotel. That was when it was established "the power to declare a congressional act null and void."
Incidentally, fittingly enough, it was Americans who erected the first monument to the Magna Carta at Runnymede.
It wasn't so much that we can trace a direct solid line as it was that the Barons established a principle and those who followed them continued to establish that principle. If we do not continue in that tradition, freedom will be lost to overpowering government.
All Hail the Magna Carta.
Regards — Cliff