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Letter about “Bullying in politics”

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in All Letter to the Editor

To the Editor,

Stan Gudmundson’s ignorance of or contempt for one of the most basic and precious precepts of the American system of governance is on technicolor display in his August 4 commentary (Bullying in politics).

Gudmundson asks, “Who has given judges the authority to overrule the decision of the people? What’s sacrosanct here?” The answer to both questions is clear and simple: The Constitution.

Article III states, “The judicial power shall extend to all cases..” That’s about as clear as it gets. Clear, too, are the myriad evils that have been made illegal by court rulings. Thank goodness for that, thanks to the Supreme Court:

•States can no longer enforce Jim Crow laws that brutalized black people (Brown v. Board of Education, 1954);

•Cops can no longer legally beat confessions out of suspects (Miranda v. Arizona, 1966);

•Interracial couples can no longer be denied the privileges and protections of marriage (Loving v. Virginia, 1967); and

•Married couples can no longer be denied legal access to information about contraceptives (Griswold v. Connecticut, 1965).

That’s a very brief sampling of how judicial review has made this country better.

Gudmundson doesn’t have to like every decision made by every court. But he has no business confusing his personal preference with the law of the land as established by the Constitution.

Steven Schild

Winona, MN

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