Gonzales Opens the Door to Segregation
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said a Supreme Court justice does not have to follow a previous ruling "if you believe it's wrong."Now, this was said in the context of a woman's control of her own reproductive activities. But it does open the door to a return of segregation and a host of other horrors. If a few justices believe that whites are superior, what is to stop them from overturning Brown v. Board of Education, for example? We could easily go back to a segregated society and voting literacy tests. Hey, we can take the vote away from women again!
It is the Rule of Law concept upon which our Constitution is predicated. THAT concept includes the concept of obedience to precedent, one of the most sacred tenets of common law (our kind of law). It has provided stability and freedom to US citizens for over 200 years.
It has worked because in the past we had judges and government officials who were committed to the rule of law over the rule of, say, emotion or gut level beliefs. Those were people who were able and willing to put their own beliefs in abeyance in order to make decisions that were for the benefit of the entire society. The separation of state and church was written into the Constitution to make that requirement clear.
Apparently, there is nobody in the Bush machine capable or willing to do that today, or maybe not intelligent enough. It is a sad day for America when the Attorney General of the United States is playing fast and loose with the founding precepts of the very law he is supposed to be enforcing. Gonzales is willing to gut the separation of church and state in order to override precedent in law - two offenses. The Inquisitor returneth. Hide your daughters.