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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

"Empathy and the Supreme Court"

Jonah Goldberg explains the problem with a "sighted" (empathetic) Justice in his column today. These two paragraphs caught my eye:

"Of course impartial justice is an abstraction, but it isn't so much a myth as an ideal. Since we are all designed from the crooked timber of humanity, we can only approximate perfect justice.

What I don't understand is why we should abandon an ideal simply because it is unattainable. If I can't be a perfect husband, should I get a divorce? If an umpire can't call each game flawlessly, should he stop trying? Maybe for 95% of pitches the ump should call 'em straight, but for the other 5% he should give the black or gay batters the benefit of the doubt?"

Read the whole column - a concise and interesting view in preparation for the appointment of Justice Steven's replacement! Can you explain why Mr. Goldberg's logic is incorrect?



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