“In matters of conscience, the law of the majority has no place.”

So said Mahatma Ghandi.

And, he’s right.

And therein lies the job of the Supreme Court of the United States of America.

There has been a lot of debate about judicial experience, historic meaning, cigar preferences, sexuality, childlessness and choice to live as a single woman, eating habits? choice of designer? liberal or conservative leanings? Pecan praline or mint chocolate chip? Coke or Pepsi? ESPN or Project Runway? of Elena Kagan.

Frankly, it’s sad.

I do not want any of the judges in the highest court in the land to adhere unabashedly to a political preference, though I expect them to have one, as any human being (including journalists) likely does.  I do not want any Supreme Court Justice to decide in advance on Brown vs. Board of Education because of a political bent.  I don’t want any woman who serves on the highest court in the land to decide all men are better off dead because she was once a member of the fictional tribe of the Amazon, and I don’t want any justice to ban cookie dough ice cream because sometimes there are tainted eggs.

I want a Supreme Court Judge to listen to each issue as it passes through the court. I want him or her to listen to the arguments presented from both sides.  I want a middle of the road, intelligent, scholarly, empathetic, thoughtful human being to rule on the most important issues of the day.

Polarization be damned.

20 years ago, DNA evidence was hi-tech … it’s everyday now.  I want judges to take that into consideration – their personal life and personal politics should NEVER get in the way of the facts or the truth.

And, the same measures should be taken with Elena Kagan.


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