cause the school board argued that their magnet school quotarnpolicy was necessar)’ under the desegregation order, the suit wasrnthen expanded in March to include a challenge to the entirerndesegregation plan, including mandator)’ busing.rnIn April, another group of parents formed COMPASSrn(Committee of Parents Supporting Students). They are challengingrnall race-based student assignment policies and seekingrninter’ention in the case, hi a sign that he may be eager to endrnthe case, the federal judge has ordered school officials to determinernwhether Charlotte’s public schools still suffer from the effectsrnof intenhonal segregation decades ago. The school boardrnsays that it will argue that they do. While this may seem surprising,rnschool boards in man}- cities are content to remain rmdcrrncourt order, receiving funds that would end if they were released.rnCourt challenges are important to draw attention to the problem,rnbut we must realize that we are appealing to the very entitiesrnthat have caused the problem. How can we communicaternthe extent of federal court tTanny to the millions of Americansrnwho are blissfully unaware? Vliat will awaken the general public,rnmanv of whom do not even bother to vote? What can thernpeople do?rnThe real solution lies in federalism and our system of checksrnand balances. Congress must assert its authority—under ArticlernIII, Sechon 2 of the Constitution —to rein in the federalrncourts. Court-limiting legislation should be proposed relentlesslvrnin Congress until it passes. Such legislation must deal notrnonly with court-ordered taxation, but with all of the arrogantrncourt rulings that have stripped away representative government.rnMeanwhile, states should amend their constitutions (asrnColorado did) to forbid racial balancing. The language of thern1964 Civil Rights Act, forbidding busing for desegregation,rnmust be locked into state law. And finally, we must insist on locallvrnelected school boards.rnAlmost 140 years ago, Abraham Lincoln declared, “The peoplernof the United States are the rightful masters of both Congressrnand tiie courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but tornoverthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.” Those whornrespect the Constitution and defend neighborhood schoolsrncannot rest until Congress and the courts are once again accountablernto the American people.rnN,rnThe “^fiegnerii lecturesrnamed in honor of Rockford Institute board member and longtime supporter Henry Regnery, this seriesrncaptures for posterity the voices and words of important cultural and political figures.rnEach tape costs $12.50, shipping and handling charges included.rnOuatititijrn• “Let My People Go! Returning Self-Rule to Rockford” featuring Thomas Fleming and U.S.rnCongressman Don Manzullo on the Rockford school desegregation lawsuitrn• “The Floundering Free Society, or Wisdom Vanquished by Expertise” by John Howardrn• “Fighting and Winning the Culture War: Reports from Three Fronts”rnfeaturing Allan Carlson on Family, Harold O.J. Brown on Religion. Thomas Fleming on Culturern• “What Ever Happened to Civilization?” by John Howardrn• “The Rockford Institute’s Twentieth Anniversary Dinner” featuring Chilton Williamson, Jr.,rnon “It Takes an Institute,” Harold O.J. Brown on “Western Civilization Between Chaos andrnTransformation” and Allan Carlson’s “Reflections at Twenty Years'”rn• “To Hell With Culture: What Is It That We Must Conserve?” by John Lukacsrn• “Should Conservatives Leave the Republican Party?”—a debate betweenrnHoward Phillips and David KeenernNo. OF TAPES X$ 12.50 PER TAPE = $rn,J(II)U-rn. /IddriHHrnSend ad with check or money order, payable to “The HjK-kford institute,” to The 1{egnery fectiires.rnThe Ijockford Institute, 928 ,K Mcun Hi.. I{()ckford, /C 67 103-7061rnSEPTEMBER 1998/17rnrnrn