"All that stuff I was taught about evolution, embryology, Big Bang theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of hell [the bible] teaches us how to run all our public policy and everything in society." Rep. Paul Broun (R)
Scalia is the crazy old bat.
When the election is over and we open our eyes, it will sadly be too late to wonder what the hell just happened.
I also found it to be a bit of political opportunism for Bush to bump Roberts' appointment from justice to chief justice when Rehnquist died. If I had my druthers, which I obviously do not, I think the successor to the chief justice of the SCOTUS should be taken from the existing court, rather than have a newbie take over the top job. That was fortuitous timing that Bush did not waste; however, I cannot definitively say it was to the detriment of the court, since the obvious choice for CJ (had Roberts been previously appointed) would have been Scalia, and NO THANK YOU.
Last edited by Kobie; 10-13-13 at 03:32 AM.
Freedom of speech is not freedom from criticism.
1. The interpretation of the data is likely influenced by the confirmation bias of the authors (upwards of 80% of psychology professors are politically liberal).
2. The commentary shows a fundamental misunderstanding of how individualism affects society, and improves the general welfare. The commentary does not include the prospect that "self interest" includes social improvement for a larger community, nor does it contemplate benefits of experiencing difficulty.
3. The viability of libertarianism as a governing philosophy is necessarily correlated to the extant that individuals are moral agents (George Washington warned that we would not keep our republican form of government without a moral populace).
Finally, I do not consider myself a libertarian, as I said before, I consider myself a moralist. I lean libertarian to the extant that I believe in individual liberty. No other person does or should have a claim on another's ability to make individual choices apart from the objective harm that one might cause.