hearts and minds

February 15, 2016

Dispelling the mystique of U.S. supreme Court Judges

The following essay was written and completed in the days preceding the sudden unexpected death of Judge Antonin Scalia.  So I dedicate this essay (and another one, previously composed) to his outrageous memory.  Judge Scalia described himself as a “textualist” – one who believes that “[it] is the law that governs, not the intent of the lawgiver”.  Judge O.W. Holmes described textualists as those who say, “We do not inquire what the legislature meant, we ask only what the statutes mean.”  With respect for the scholarship of Judge Scalia, I submit the following accidentally timely essay, and one other directly relevant, certainly more important essay, each of which catch me employing truly “textualist” argument, such as was professed by Judge Scalia.  (Scalia himself clarified that “textualism should not be confused with so-called strict constructionism, which brings the whole philosophy into disrepute. I am not a strict constructionist, and no one ought to be.”)  Read it only if you can appreciate the irony of someone like me honoring the spirit of Antonin Scalia.  Both of them are direct, concise, easy reading. And the one that follows, below, is also light-hearted.
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November 19, 2015

How a professional Ignores and Denies the Truth

You don’t have to be a rabid strict constructionist; you don’t have to believe that the wealthy, slave-owning, colonial “founding fathers” were invariably righteous and wise; you don’t have to believe that each word of the Constitution is sacrosanct and infallible; in order to be able to credibly refer to the actual text of the U.S. Constitution, and thus shed useful light on a question of Constitutional law that is terribly important to all of us.
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The U.S. Constitution Itself Proves that a Corporation is NOT a Person!

This proof was first discovered and published in 2011, and improved and revised in January, 2017. Each of the five bullet points below contain a specific Constitutional reference and quotation. The arguments following each of these bullet points are independent of each other, but they mutually reinforce the contention in the title of this essay.

    • Article I Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution explains how the House of Representatives is to be “composed” and “chosen … by the People”. The third paragraph of Section 2 explains how Representatives are to be apportioned among the states by identifying and counting “Persons”. (more…)
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