Thomas Sowell: Political Judges

November 15, 2010 07:42

The time is long overdue to stop treating judges like sacred cows, especially when they have so much bull.

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Results of the recent elections showed that growing numbers of Americans are fed up with “public servants” who act as if they are public masters.

Arrogant politicians who do this are dismantling the Constitution piecemeal– which is to say, they are dismantling America.

The same thing applies to judges. The runaway arrogance that politicians get when they have huge majorities in Congress is a more or less common arrogance among federal judges with lifetime tenure or state judges who are seldom defeated in elections to confirm their appointments to the bench.

As for judicial “independence,” that does not mean being independent of the laws. Being a judge does not mean being given arbitrary powers to enact the liberal agenda from the bench, which means depriving the citizens of their most basic rights that define a free and self-governing people.


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