message to John Yoo: "activist" is not a dirty word

| | TrackBacks (0)
Clarification: my posting of linked article is not intended for defense of the Supreme Court candidate. Kagan can hardly be regarded an activist; at first threat of federal funding cut to Harvard over the issue in question (barring of military recruiters from campus) she folded. What Joel finds John Yoo arguing here is that the duty of an American citizen -- at least in wartime -- is to submit without challenge to the decisions of government, even if those decisions are (by Yoo's own lights) wrong. In this universe, then, there is no right "to petition for redress of grievances," no check-and-balance provided by the judicial branch. The time-honored tradition of American dissent -- and of nonviolent resistance to laws deemed by citizens to be morally wrong -- is thus "activist," and thus potentially disqualifying when it comes to judicial nominations.

0 TrackBacks

Listed below are links to blogs that reference this entry: message to John Yoo: "activist" is not a dirty word.

TrackBack URL for this entry:

UC Berkeley Billboard

press conference, protest, photos, video, reports

Donations via PayPal
are not tax deductible.

Events & Calendars

War Criminals Watch Events

Important Reading

Physicians for Human Rights
Broken Laws, Broken Lives

NLG White Paper

The President's Executioner

Detention and torture in Guantanamo

About this Entry

This page contains a single entry published on May 16, 2010 11:39 AM.

Boalt Hall Graduation 2010 was the previous entry in this blog.

Is Christopher Edley "better than you?" is the next entry in this blog.

Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.