Idiots in High Places by Tom Reynolds
Supreme Court Associate Justice Elana Kagan commented on the Supreme Court and its integrity in a speech in Montana, that was unusually critical of the Supreme Court.
“If over time, the court loses all connection with the public and with public sentiment, that is a dangerous thing for a democracy.”
I thought the Supreme Court’s job was to interpret the US Constitution and not make decisions based on their “connection with public sentiment” (or whatever is a hot topic on CNN). If you believe her position, fire the justices (including her) and take a national poll on Constitutional issue lawsuits. (By the way, that poll would lead to Tyranny of the Majority, which is another Constitutional issue of which Kagan is unfamiliar.)
Kagan continued: "I think people are rightly suspicious if one justice leaves the court or dies and another justice takes his or her place and all of a sudden the law changes.”
The answer to that is, “Get it right the first time.”
Is she familiar with the Dred Scott and Separate but Equal decisions which had broad support in “public sentiment” but were eventually reversed?
Later, the Warren Court found many things in the Constitution that even the authors of the Constitution did not know were there; but those were okay because Kagan likes them.
She continued. "The way the court retains its legitimacy and fosters public confidence is by acting like a court.”
Legitimacy comes from the court basing decisions on the written Constitution - that’s doing its job and “acting like a court”. The purpose of courts is to decide issues of law based on facts such as what is written in the Constitution.
Another Associate Justice, Sonia Sotomayer, believes in “do as I say not as I do”, but got it right at least once: “The task of a judge is not to make the law - it is to apply the law”. Kagan is as unfamiliar with that quote as she is with the U.S. Constitution.
A more important question about the Supreme Court’s integrity that needs to be addressed is, how did an idiot like Kagan get on it?
And under the category of playing too much football without a helmet:
Indianapolis Colt’s General Manager Chris Ballard recently said: “I’m not anti-gun, but I’m anti-military style weapons. It blows my mind the way that an 18-year-old kid can walk in and buy an AK-15 automatic weapon.”
As I’m sure you all know – but Ballard apparently does not - the correct terminology is an AR-15 or AK-47, neither of which is an “automatic weapon”. In fact, it would be illegal to sell either of these, anywhere in the USA, IF they were an automatic (machine gun).
Perhaps Ballard believes, as Barack Obama did, that: “it’s easier for you to buy a firearm than it is for you to buy a book”.
I’ll bet Ballard watches “John Wick” movies and thinks they are real.
Ballard took over as the Colt’s GM before the 2017 season. In the succeeding 5 seasons his record is 41 wins and 40 losses and he has never finished higher than 2nd. I’d suggest he stick to football but, apparently, he isn’t particularly good at that, either.