Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

Wigderson and his critics

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In a letter to the editor, Jim Winkelmann complains about my latest column for the Waukesha Freeman,

If he believes that the court is not politicized now he must also believe in the Tooth Fairy. The only difference in the level of politics in the court if Fallone replaces Roggensack is that the “lean” will be left instead of right.

Get a life, James. The days of a neutral Supreme Court at the national or state level ended long ago, if in fact they ever existed at all. Courts are political, they answer to the same influences as members of a legislature, be it the influence of campaign donations or that of the appointing official.

Fallone may not be qualified but don’t concern yourself that he will introduce the court to politics; that was done long ago.

I’m happy to report that I do not believe in the Tooth Fairy. However, I do believe Fallone when he says he does not believe Originalism is an honest school of thought. Usually liberals running for the Supreme Court hide their contempt for a belief that judges are supposed to interpret the law. Fallone embraces his contempt.

Once respect for the law is discarded, then all we have left is power politics. Winkelmann and Fallone don’t seem bothered by such a development. Winkelmann even states he is more concerned with the balance of power on the court than he is about Fallone’s qualifications.

Those of us who believe that respect for the law is essential to liberty respectfully disagree.

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