Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Opening Bullshit Phase of The Alito Hearings

Yesterday, Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. said during the opening day of his Supreme Court confirmation hearings: “A judge can't have any agenda, a judge can't have any preferred outcome in any particular case and a judge certainly doesn't have a client. The judge's only obligation -- and it's a solemn obligation -- is to the rule of law. And what that means is that in every single case, the judge has to do what the law requires. Good judges develop certain habits of mind. One of those habits of mind is the habit of delaying reaching conclusions until everything has been considered. Good judges are always open to the possibility of changing their minds based on the next brief that they read, or the next argument that's made by an attorney who's appearing before them, or a comment that is made by a colleague during the conference on the case when the judges privately discuss the case.” And if Judge Alito has no agenda, no bias, no preconceived skewed beliefs, it must be a pure coincidence that the GOP opted for another Roman Catholic to fill Justice O’Connor’s vacated seat, which will bring the count to five Roman Catholic justices out of nine if Alito is confirmed. An interesting comment was made by a fan of James Frey. Frey wrote “A Million Little Pieces” and he’s been accused of fabricating huge portions of his tell-all. Oprah Winfrey is in the unenviable position of having chosen the book for her book club. The NYT reported that a woman named Julie posted this comment on Frey’s web site: "Even if his story is fake, he opened up the eyes of so many people. How about if we all focus on that instead of accusing him of being a liar?" There you have it in a nutshell. That’s the problem when a society becomes inured to lies. The Bush administration has lied about every issue it has touched, a Supreme Court nominee is already lying and he hasn’t been confirmed yet, journalists are told to lie for the good of the infant democracy in Iraq, doctors lie about the health of the President and Vice President, sports figures lie about using drugs, manufacturers lie about everything from autos to zircons, pharmaceutical companies lie about results and side effects, and now the fan of a liar says lying is okay if there is a universal truth in the lie. Yo, truth benders and liars: The one universal truth is that lying is always wrong. And don’t give me that crap about God blessing a lie if it feeds a hungry child. Nobody knows what God blesses or doesn’t bless. It’s a lie for any human being to claim to know what God wants. Humans can only know what they want God to want. Lying is always wrong. And the end never justifies the means.

1 comment:

Barry Schwartz said...

I think your position is unnecessarily extreme and also that there is no 'God'.

What these people are doing is wrong, whether they do it with lies or truths. Does Bush telling the truth about running a police state make it any better than lying and denying it? No, in fact it is an ominous development.

I fault religions, in part, for our tendency to reduce our ethics to such simplistic formulas as 'Lies are wrong', 'Taking life is wrong', etc. The inevitable result is paradoxes and confusion--the disillusionment of Man trying to live in a technologically advanced world with inadequately advanced ethical and social reasoning (among other deficiencies).

As for the non-existence of 'God', this is due to the absence of evidence of 'God', the clear recognition that Zeus, Odin, Minerva, etc., do not exist except as mythical 'beings', and the observation that there is no essential difference between 'God' and Zeus, Odin, Minerva, etc. The result is that one can 'know', in the same way as one 'knows' that bricks don't fall upwards, the opinion of 'God': the opinion of 'God' is the opinions of women and men.