Thursday Truth


There was a time when it was permissible to think that the chief purpose of the judicial branch of government was to protect our constitutional rights as a check on runaway legislative majorities or executive overreach. To fulfill that duty, a judge is insulated from partisan maneuvering by a grant of lifetime tenure and a constitutionally guaranteed salary. In return, the federal judge must show discretion, decorum and above all, an unwillingness to be drawn into partisan quarrels. This behavior is known as having a judicial temperament.

The tradition of apolitical judges has come under strain recently, given the habit of even Supreme Court justices to pop off like opinionated customers in a saloon (I’m thinking of you, Tony Scalia). But new ground has been broken in partisan mudslinging by Justice Laurence H. Silberman, an appellate judge appointed by Ronald Reagan. He has taken to the pages of Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal to attack as dangerously irresponsible the millions of Americans who believe George W. Bush lied about the presence of weapons of mass destruction as a pretext for invading Iraq.



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8 Responses to Thursday Truth

  1. Den says:

    There ought to be a test for these lifetime appointees every year to determine their quality of judgeship and cull the herd of the ones that are politically motivated in their decisions.
    Of course that won’t happen but it was a nice thought anyway.


  2. Tim Hodges says:

    Big mistake by the founders to propose and allow judicial lifetime appointments.


  3. º¿carol says:

    It’s a horrible mistake, lifetime appointments. This latest Supreme Court we have has more than proven that.


  4. º¿carol says:

    Very cold here. Hope to heck the furnace doesn’t decide to die, that’s my biggest worry. It’s -4° right now. It was -14° overnight. When I went out with Q, and to feed the birdies, sure felt cold. The other day while just as cold, it didn’t feel as cold. Funny how that works.

    Only 29 days left until spring.


  5. David B. Benson says:

    About 80 minutes of stck walking today. That completes enough for this week.


  6. David B. Benson says:

    Symphony Orchestra concert over. Alice played but I didn’t see her afterwards.


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