Bil Browning

Telling the truth about Rehnquist

Filed By Bil Browning | September 06, 2005 8:11 AM | comments

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Alan Dershowitz has an excellent article out recently that tells the truth about deceased Chief Justice William Rehnquist. This is not your standard Fox News love-fest...
Rehnquist’s judicial philosophy was result-oriented, activist, and authoritarian. He sometimes moderated his views for prudential or pragmatic reasons, but his vote could almost always be predicted based on who the parties were, not what the legal issues happened to be. He generally opposed the rights of gays, women, blacks, aliens, and religious minorities. He was a friend of corporations, polluters, right wing Republicans, religious fundamentalists, homophobes, and other bigots.

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AUTHOR: Marla R. Stevens

DATE: 9/06/2005 11:04:38 AM

Roberts is one of the pall bearers who will carry him to his literal grave but Roberts will also be presiding over his figurative resurrection.


DATE: 9/06/2005 11:19:12 AM

Whoa…is Dershowitz saying that (modern-day) conservatism conceals its ideology via authoritarian control???

AUTHOR: bilerico

DATE: 9/06/2005 05:24:04 PM

Marla, I find it rather creepy that Roberts is a pallbearer for Rehnquist's funeral. Talk about pressure to perform! You know the boss plans on having you around for an almighty long time when you literally carry out the body of the last guy to have the job... Having Roberts serve as a pallbearer while being nominated to replace Rehnquist is morbid and ill-served. I watched CNN coverage this morning as they brought Rehnquists's body into the Supreme Court to lay in state. They were literally watching and waiting for Roberts to make an appearance as if he were a rock star.

AUTHOR: Marla R. Stevens

DATE: 9/07/2005 07:13:56 PM

It's apparently never happened before.It disturbed me, too, but I decided that, for myself, I would not say anything out of baseline compassion for the pain of loss Roberts must be feeling at the passing of a mentor who became a longtime friend.I think we should just leave it as a historical anomaly and wish peace for the living.I get the sense that there's a terrible imbalance in the energy of things and that it's swirling like a vortex around NOLA and encompassing most of the country in hurricane-like bands right now. So much sudden death, so much anguish and fear, such gross injustice reinforcing so much deep pain handed unresolved and newly compounded from generation to generation.Thus nothing ought come as a surprise right now -- yet, with the crew in charge, the Outrage Meter is always flashing FULL and needing recalibration to accept ever greater loads.