Sunday, May 16, 2004
Today's column by Pat Buchanan is weird. Rise of a judicial dictatorship starts in an unremarkable fashion:
The crux of his argument is in this excerpt:
The 14th Amendment had been approved by the same Congress that presided over the segregated schools of D.C. Thus it was obvious to all that that amendment did not outlaw what its authors had approved. But the Warren Court, impatient at the torpor of the democratic process, had established itself as a dictatorship of nine judges, and ordered the nation to do as it demanded.
The coup succeeded. Though President Eisenhower was stunned by Brown, he and the Republican Congress bowed and accepted the ruling as the law of the land to be enforced, if necessary, by federal troops, as it would be at Central High in Little Rock in 1957.
He goes on to list a number of SCOTUS decisions that he does not agree with. His conclusion:
Honestly, I cannot see what his point is. I've re-read the 14th amendment, which, of course, requires that no state deny anyone equal protection under the law. Sure, the argument in Brown v. Board was that segregation had the practical effect of denying equal protection. This was a judgment call on the part of the judges. No surprise there: we hired the judges to make judgment calls. That's what judges do. How does this make us a flock of sheep? And is being a flock of sheep wrong under the Christian tradition that he touts repeatedly in his column?
(Psalm 100:3) Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his ; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
(Jeremiah 23:3) "I myself will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the countries where I have driven them and will bring them back to their pasture, where they will be fruitful and increase in number."
(John 10:11) "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep."
(Ezekiel 37:24) "'My servant David will be king over them, and they will all have one shepherd. They will follow my laws and be careful to keep my decrees."
If Buchanan had meant to imply that we should be ashamed of ourselves for obeying the Supreme Court, the 'flock of sheep' metaphor was entirely inappropriate. Would somebody please explain what his column is supposed to mean?
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