Some things don't need to be verified.
Take this article, titled Democracy, Washington Post-style:
The Washington Post says that democracy means that the people should be ignored and state legislatures should obey the dictates of the courts. Its October 26 lead editorial in support of a New Jersey Supreme Court decision redefining traditional marriage actually carried the sub headline: "A court's order on same-sex partnerships leaves plenty of room for democratic decisions." In other words, "democratic decisions" have to be made in the context of what is allowed by the court. This editorial makes a mockery of true democratic decision-making and is an embarrassment to the journalism profession.
By this logic, we could all vote to kill all the jews. If everyone wants the damned jews wiped out, who are the courts to stand in the way of the will of the people? Let's all vote to make Cliff Kincaid wear a wedding dress and a football helmet -- he'd look like the idiot he obviously is and there'd be absolutely nothing he could do about it. The Will of the People and all that...
Courts exist for a reason. This isn't some crazy stuff that came from nowhere -- it's a cornerstone of government spelled out in the Constitution. It's the brakes on whatever crazy idea opportunists use to get votes. When Kincaid says, "In other words, 'democratic decisions' have to be made in the context of what is allowed by the court," what he really means is that law is meaningless. The Federal Constitution and those of the states aren't valid. If everyone votes to legalize gang rape, then By God we have the right to gang rape. Law is mob rule.
Courts exist to give us something other than lynch mobs. They are the cooler heads who prevail. It's the enemies of democracy who oppose the courts, not the defenders. It's law that keeps you free.
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