Strengthening Constitutional Self-Government

No Left Turns

"If we impose our will..."

Critics of current jurisprudence have made much of the sheer willfulness of judges these days. In an astonishing article in Sunday’s Washington Post that I nearly missed, Justice John Paul Stevens spilled the beans on what he said to his fellow justices in their private conference on the Michigan affirmative action cases:

"If we impose our will on the nation, there will really be a sea change in societal behavior that will not easily be reversed."

Nothing about the law, or applying the principles of the Consitution. Not even an argument about what the principles of the Constitution are. Instead, Stevens sees the court as an institution of social engineering ("change in societal behavior. . ."). Amazing.

Amazing. Stevens should be impeached.

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