Friday, June 26, 2015

800 years and counting

In the same-sex marriage dissenting decision today of US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, one paragraph opens as follows --

Both of the Constitution’s Due Process Clauses reach back to Magna Carta.

What then follows is the preposterous logic of "strict constructionism" on full display: constitutional articles have to be interpreted in their intended meaning at the time, and at the time what they really meant was based on what somebody in England wrote, in 1215.

Also, it will be commented on by everyone, but the most laughable of points in Justice Antonin Scalia's dissent is --

Today’s decree says that my Ruler, and the Ruler of 320 million Americans coast-to-coast, is a majority of the nine lawyers on the Supreme Court.

He's oblivious to the role that he, and four other judges, played in selecting George W. Bush as US president in 2000, and the enormous consequences for Americans -- and Iraqis! -- that flowed from that.

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