Thursday, May 21, 2009

The best definition of the Role of the Supreme Court

Walter Williams is absolutely brilliant.

Short of plagiarizing the entire piece, I will excerpt the definition and allow you to travel to his full article for the remainder.

What is the role of a U.S. Supreme Court justice? A reasonable start for an answer is the recognition that our Constitution represents the rules of the game. A Supreme Court justice has one job and one job only namely; he is a referee. There is nothing complicated about this. A referee's job, whether he is a football referee or a Supreme Court justice, is to know the rules of the game and make sure that they are evenly applied without bias. Do we want referees to allow empathy to influence their decisions? Let's look at it using this year's Super Bowl as an example.

Brilliance.. no doubt about it.


Dean_L said...

Walter Williams needs more air time - he's very eloquent, brilliant and absolutely right on so many things.

As I wrote on my blog, the Supreme Court's role is to define the borders of the sandbox, and make sure people aren't throwing sand in each others faces. They are not there to play in the sandbox or to tell others how to make their sand castles.

Jason Gillman said...

Another decent way to describe it.. Thanks