quote:Most people, in my experience, like to think of themselves as centrists ("Clowns to the left of me, Jokers to the right, ...")
Then maybe that’s your problem. You are much further to the Right than you like to think.
quote:But anyway, the idea of trying to fix a political makeup of the court falls apart when you realize that justices aren't supposed to rule on the basis of their political views, as you've conceded by ridiculing the idea that a white supremacist or global warming denier justice would be justified by public opinion.
This is foolish again. Judges are not supposed to rule according to silly dogmas associated with ideologies, but that is hardly the limit of politics. There is the whole question of judicial philosophises, for a start. Not to mention biases based in political standpoints.
It seems to me that the Supreme Court of all courts is badly in need of checks on judge’s bias - and especially when judges do let their political views colour their decisions.
quote:I agree that there should be checks. That is, the legislators should actually pass well-written laws (and take the heat from their constituents if the laws are unpopular) rather than pound the lectern and demand that "correct" judges and justices be appointed so that policy ends up being made by court decisions (which the legislators won't take as much heat for).
Then obviously you agree with me that a campaign to politically bias the courts should be reversed.
quote:As for your snarky remark about me being further to the right than "you like to think", what gives you that notion, aside from your own wishful thinking?
The fact that you keep trying to suggest that balance is not a centrist position?