Scotus: Judges or Oracles?

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Judges or Oracles?

Judges or Oracles?

We roll our eyes today in disbelief of odd, ancient, pagan practices involving animal sacrifice, various gods, and oracles. Yet the Greek mythology developed around such practices shaped early western civilization.

Decades ago, as a tourist in Greece, I visited the site of the Oracle of Delphi. Over some twelve hundred years, Delphic oracles gave governing advice to kings and statesmen. While under the influence of hallucinogens, oracular advice took the form of gibberish, which priests subsequently interpreted for the supplicants. Lycurgus famously designed the government of Sparta around what he learned at Delphi.

I draw an only slightly tongue-in-cheek analogy with our supreme court. Every June, as the nation nervously awaits, everyone wonders what will be the basis of scotus’ decisions. Will the court employ reason, or fanciful social justice nonsense? With regard to the infamous Obergefell v. Hodges opinion of 2015, the late great justice Scalia didn’t accuse the majority of being under the influence of anything, yet he compared the intelligence and sublimity of justice Anthony Kennedy’s majority gibberish to that of a fortune cookie.

At least the Oracle of Delphi only gave advice. The supplicant had to use his judgment to use it or not. Not so when scotus issues its opinions. Not only are the two litigants bound by the court’s decision, but the nation is often subject to rulings that have the force of law. American jurisprudence and lawmaking weren’t supposed to be this way.

As touched on in a recent post,  one of Mark Levin’s Liberty Amendments would clip the wings of a near-authoritarian scotus, upon which the only real check is the untimely death of its members. One suggested amendment would provide for reversal of scotus opinions on three-fifths vote of the state legislatures or congress. These ideas need to be examined; if they are deficient, some other way must be found to limit the unhinged and destructive social justice warriors on the scotus.

We are the many; our oppressors are the few. Be proactive. Be a Re-Founder. Join Convention of States. Sign our COS Petition.

2 thoughts on “Scotus: Judges or Oracles?

  1. cliff wilkin

    Good post Rodney. Never been to Greece. But I can see clearly your comparison. SCOTUS has become an unchecked super legislature. COS is the only way to remedy this situation. We can’t expect Congress to protect their own turf and supply the 2/3 in both houses required to propose an amendment to limit the lifetime appointed courts. Check out the convention of states website today to see how you can join the millions as we strongly encourage our state legislators to take on their constitutional responsibility the Founders unanimously provided them. The united STATES are the keepers of liberty and their out of control child in DC.

    1. Rodney Dodsworth Post author

      If free government is the goal, there really isn’t any alternative to a COS.

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