You’ll remember that a few days ago I wrote about Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s speech, wherein she said she had been threatened by an “irrational fringe,” and she partially blamed Republican lawmakers who criticized the Supreme Court, and who tried to pass laws dictating what sources justices could consider in their decisions.
We don’t support such legislation, but its advocates present one side of a valid debate, and there is no cause to blame them for the incitements of others. In the debate over foreign law, neither side has a monopoly on wisdom.
This is more or less true, and while I also do not support the legislation, there is a debate here. In my original post, I asserted that representatives were obliged to use extreme caution when criticizing justices, and I stand by that. The independent judiciary is necessary for our country, and when Tom DeLay asserts that judges will pay for what they’ve done, it does contribute to an atmosphere where anger at judges can flourish, and possibly lead to violence.