Let's have our Court mirror the face of America, so contact your Senators now.
Fight the Papists!
Actually, what's weirding me out is that all these catholics are republican appointees. If that doesn't show how thoroughly the left has alienated their natural allies I don't know what does.
Cynically, Thomas was a God send, a black conservative Catholic, who few would be willing to oppose lest they be tarred as a racist, or anti-Catholic.
The news reports are weird. Lots of articles to the tune of "OMG! 5 Catholics on the Court! Not that there's anything wrong with that!"
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And I call myself well-edjumacated.
Working class, ethnic, grew up in a Democratic stronghold... Yeah, I'm willing to bet just about every person in his family is a life long Democrat - and that he started out that way, too.
And, to be honest, I don't see how originalism is automatically in opposition to liberalism, except that liberals seem to enjoy demonizing it.
Founding father worship is inherently reactionary and anti-progressive. I don't think that makes originalism "automatically" illiberal—you could pick and choose pieces of original intent consistent with modern liberalism and call yourself an originalist—but because liberalism doesn't celebrate or advocate a return to the values of an idealized past, originalism doesn't hold the same appeal that it does to conservatives. But in any case, it's not Alito's originalism that is in opposition to liberalism, it's his political conservatism that is.
Personally, I'd rather words meant what they said rather than leaving them open to humpty-dumpty reinterpretation. If the law - or even the constitution - needs to be changed then that's a job for the legislature and the people, not nine old men persons.
Courts only "interpret" the law when (a) the legislature screws up and writes a crappy law so that the courts have to guess what it means and (b) when the court decides they don't like what the law says and therefore pretend it says something else.
Courts decide arguments about the meaning of laws, how they are applied, and whether they break the rules of the Constitution.---
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The whole point of originalism is to oppose the attempt - primarily by liberals - to "discover" useful new interpretations of the law - because they don't seem to be able to democratically get the law changed to something they agree with?
I think your second paragraph is what I meant when I said that originalism is an inherently reactionary judicial philosophy. Sort of like, "hey hey hey, that's not what they meant when they said people should be secure in their persons! In the good old days we didn't use condoms and we liked it!"
It has nothing to do with whether or not condoms are right or wrong, it has to do with people using the courts to manipulate the law to accomplish what they could not do in the legislature.
It is the minority ramming their desires down the throats of the majority and if opposing that is "reactionary" then I'm all for it.
Any piece of legislation by definition had the support of a majority of the people's elected representatives when it passed. Given that, doesn't finding any law unconstitutional constitute "the minority ramming their desires down the throats of the majority"? Isn't it possible that the majority in Griswold v. Connecticut was acting in good faith, and just had a genuine disagreement with the state legislature over the liberties protected by the Constitution?
Looking at this I wonder if you haven't been trolled.
I mean, Thomas is Catholic? How can that be? I mean, he's not Italian!
So if there's only five Catholics on the Supreme Court, there's plenty of space for more so that the court mirror mirrors the US populace at large.
"I'm starting with the man in the mirror
I'm asking him to change his ways
And no message could have
Been any clearer
If you wanna make the world
A better place.":| :| :| :| :|
I, for one, do not welcome our Papist Overlords.
"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger
And, as such, answers the question I was wondering about earlier this morning, but was too lazy to look up: "how many people live here in my future kingdom, anyway?"
ON THEM ALL!?? Jesus, that's a shitload of people...
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