Reading Ed Brayton’s discussion of the contrasting behaviors of our two presidential candidates with regards to law and Supreme Court decisions, I couldn’t resist comment.
One of the few advantages of medschool is that it keeps me from reading the news while I’m studying for exams, most recently my internal medicine shelf exam yesterday. Thus I’m protected from a state of constant fury from the idiocy of our dear leaders. This being a post-study day I unfortunately ended up reading this statement from John McCain from George Will’s article that giving Gitmo prisoners habeus rights was “one of the worst decisions in the history of this country.”
Wow. To his Will’s everlasting credit – he is a legitimate conservative and not a self-righteous hack serving a single political party – he follows this statement with what I immediately thought of in response to such an inane statement:
Does it rank with Dred Scott v. Sanford (1857), which concocted a constitutional right, unmentioned in the document, to own slaves and held that black people have no rights that white people are bound to respect? With Plessy v. Ferguson (1896), which affirmed the constitutionality of legally enforced racial segregation? With Korematsu v. United States (1944), which affirmed the wartime right to sweep American citizens of Japanese ancestry into concentration camps?
And now I’m back to fury again. A candidate for presidency of this country states that a ruling that protects a right existing since the Magna-Freaking-Carta is one of the worst ever? On the level of Dred Scott?
Time to study some pediatrics. Politics in this country is just embarrassing when we can actually be debating a 800-year-old human right.