Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor spoke yesterday at a virtual conference of law students sponsored by the American Bar Association. In her remarks, Justice Sotomayor reminded students that Courts do not make laws and sometimes that is frustrating to individual judges. But the way to change the law, is through the legislature and not the courts.
“There’s going to be a lot of disappointments,” said Sotomayor, who was appointed by President Obama and has served on the Supreme Court for twelve years.
“As you study cases and look at outcomes you disagree with, it can get frustrating.” Referring to a recent Court case on a Texas law, Sotomayor commented “I can’t change Texas’ law but you can. You can and everyone else who may or may not like it can go out there and be a lobbying force to change laws they don’t like.”
Thank you Justice Sotomayor for reminding us of our basic civics class, and that courts should not be political and do not make law, no matter how individual justices may disagree. That is the job of the officials elected by the people.
Former VA Governor Terry McAuliffe, who is running for Governor again, said in a candidate debate that parents should not be involved in what is being taught in schools.
Step back and think about a moment. What McAuliffe is saying is that the school system knows better than the parents do on what their children should be taught. A simple statement but with significant implications.
What McAuliffe expressed is, in a nutshell, the primary difference between liberals and conservatives. Generally speaking it is this: liberals tend to think that government knows what is best and can save people, even from themselves, and so they look to have an active (and large) government. Conservatives believe the reverse, that the government is an instrument of the people and should do the people’s bidding. A government exists solely to serve the people and to protect them and their rights. It is a broad generalization but conservatives believe that people should be able to make their own choices, even if those choices are not good ones, and then be held to the consequences of those choices. If the choices are good, they reap the benefits and if they are not good, the face the consequences and hopefully learn to make better choices from the experience.
Terry McAuliffe summarized the essence of the political system and the election for Governor, and for most elections for that matter. As a liberal, he believes that the school system knows better than parents (and a parent’s values). Conservatives would argue the opposite. Translate that to other issues and other situations and you have a snapshot of the questions faced by voters on every election day.
In certainly what has to be a funnier moment that make you wonder just what she was thinking, Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) attended the Met Gala last night. Tickets for the event were reportedly $30,000 or $250,000 for a table. AOC showed up in a custom-made dress that had a message emblazoned on it saying “Tax the Rich”.
Oh, and for good measure, none of the guests at the crowded indoor event were wearing masks.
The withdrawal from Afghanistan was a disaster: poorly planned and poorly executed. One need to look no further than the videos of the scene over the last two weeks at the Kabul airport and the pictures of the coffins of the dead and wounded in order bring home the human toll.