Majority Versus Minority

Posted: August 19, 2013 in legal / law, politics
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This is not a review of the full article written by Phyllis Schlafly, a woman whom, by my count, is in the top few-percent of those whom Right Wing Watch writes about calling out her bigotry and hate with nearly 300 articles. Her particular article this time on WND is “North Carolina Embraces Honest Elections” and about how North Carolina has passed some of the strictest voting requirements in the US.

Rather, I want to focus on one single sentence — actually, just the last half of it that I’ve bolded: “The NAACP promptly filed a lawsuit, hoping that a supremacist judge will overturn the will of the majority.”

This, I think, is one of the primary differences between conservatives and liberals, and it’s something that I clearly fall on the liberal side of: Courts should not exist to protect the will of the majority. They should exist to protect the rights of the minority when the will of the majority of Congress tries to trample on them.

Thank you, that is all.

Edited to Add (August 20, 2013): For once I beat RightWingWatch.org, who have posted a slightly longer take-down of Schlafly’s rant post.

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