Laura Erickson's For the Birds

Friday, June 13, 2008

A tiny little political rant

When I read Slate's news for today, I laughed out loud at this:
In a dramatic dissent, Justice Antonin Scalia wrote that the decision will bring about "disastrous consequences" and "will almost certainly cause more Americans to be killed." He went on to write that "the nation will live to regret what the court has done today."
I mean, really. Did he care about the "disastrous consequences" that almost certainly really did cause more Americans to be killed as a result of a 5-4 Supreme Court decision 8 years ago? Does he care that the nation has lived to regret what the court did on that black day?

Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.
--Benjamin Franklin


  1. "Justice Scalia" is the #1 proponent of so-called Original Intent, by which he claims to interpret the Constitution according to what the men who wrote it were thinking at the time. There's nothing in the Constitution about the Supreme Court considering a law's consequences when deciding whether to uphold or overturn it. Scalia is a big fat hypocrite.

  2. When you hear people rant about "activist" judges, don't forget to point out that Scalia (and Thoms for that matter) are both judicial activists.

  3. It will never be as many Americans killed due to Roe v. Wade...

  4. American citizens are defined by our constitution as born to American parents or naturalized by following certain legal procedures. Fetuses and embryos are in no way, shape, or form Americans.

    I wonder, though, what exactly this administration or this Supreme Court has ever done to protect either unborn or born children? They provide so much protection to corporations that pollute and in other ways harm the environment, and so have caused infinite harm to babies and children. Look at asthma statistics and mercury and lead blood levels, for example. There's more than one way to hurt a child, born or unborn--I find it strange that so many people are so fixated on just one.