Monday, November 28, 2011

Re-examining the nature of Justice

In the United States one of the most basic principles of Justice in that of Innocent until proven guilty.  A second principle, also enshrined in the Constitution, is the Separation of Powers.  The Legislative Branch makes the laws, the Executive Branch enforces the laws, and the Judicial Branch judges the application of those laws.

Over the years, much has been made of the idea that the Executive Branch has tried to usurp powers of the Legislative Branch, and there are some pretty good arguments to be made about that.  In fact, there has always been a series of struggles between the branches with one side or the other claiming the territory in the middle where overlaps tend to occur.  Today, however, a Federal judge declared Enough!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Worshiping the False Prophets

In the wake of this week's debacle at Penn State, it's hard to find anything positive to write.  It's certainly not the only news, nor even the most important I think.  However, like the politics that I most often discuss, it reveals a fundamental flaw within the fabric of our society.