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Monday, October 03, 2005

Stephen Breyer caught cheating in game of checkers

Supreme Court justice Stephen Breyer was caught cheating at a game of checkers this weekend. When his opponent seemed to have the upper hand, Breyer decided that the rules to chess would better suit his predicament. Taking his checker, Breyer moved across the board as a Rook in chess would do and captured a key piece in his opponent's strategy. Actually the breach Breyer is guilty of, is far more serious. This weekend Breyer sat down with George Stephanopolous' show "This Week" and argued against taking the actual words of the constitution too seriously. He argued that presidents pick judges that reflect their views and therefore you get a mixture of interpretations. Treating the constitution like a suggestion box seems to be the overriding theme to his views. Perhaps even a better analogy is using the constitution as a base coat of paint which a painter then paints over with his own vision.

Breyer backs up his ideas with the concept that the founders could not have envisioned the technology we enjoy today:

"The people who wrote the Constitution really didn't think that there would be an Internet. They didn't dream of automobiles, they didn't dream of television and they didn't dream of Internet, computers, all the things that affect our privacy, for example. So there's not going to be a way to look back and say what did Thomas Jefferson say about the application of the First Amendment to this particular instance, or to most of modern society."

What Breyer overlooks is that the founders accounted for this by allowing the constitution to be amended. Instead of using that vehicle, Breyer prefers a body with no checks and balances ruling however strikes their fancy. He and others on the court have taken a fancy to articles of foreign law as a good place to make decisions by. This is where the analogy of using chess rules while playing checkers comes in. It is no different, yet a liberal elitist doesn't care as long as he is the only one playing this way. Liberals know that conservatives like to play by the rules and gleefully take advantage by skirting the rules as often as they can get away with it.

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