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Ever heard of Willian Douglas - Libertarian Supreme Court Justice?

It is no secret that historical revisionism is alive and well. Often, important figures in history are completely ignored by biased or unaware mainstream historians. William Orville Douglas is one of these ignored figures. How can ignoring the longest-serving justice in the history of the Supreme Court be good practice for Our nation's progress?

Here is a gem I found in the collections of the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas - Mike Wallace interviews William Douglas in 1958: http://www.hrc.utexas.edu/multimedia/video/2008/wallace/doug...

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I like Rufus W. Peckham and

I like Rufus W. Peckham and George Sutherland more.

Southern Agrarian

Douglas was a great CIVIL

Douglas was a great CIVIL libertarian and he deserves endless praise for that. On the other hand, he was terrible on economic liberty.

You mean, the Justice who

You mean, the Justice who voted in FAVOR of detention camps in Korematsu v. U.S.? That libertarian justice? Lol.

"Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it." -- Joseph Goebbels

He was still a staunch supporter of individual rights...

He stood against the Establishment when others would not. Although I adamantly disagree with his decision on Korematsu v. United States, I believe it is narrow-sighted to black ball individuals over a single occurrence in their lives. It is when people make a habit out of doing disagreeable things that their characters begin to come into question. From my knowledge, Douglas never made a habit of such actions.

Rand Paul voted in favor of drone warfare.

It is not "blackballing" . . .

. . . simply because I point out that when the time comes to stand up for liberty in a serious crisis, the Supreme Court is never there. Douglas was no exception.

"Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it." -- Joseph Goebbels

I'm just expressing the sentiment that...

no one is perfect. In most circumstances, it is rather easy to find a single thing a person did sometime in their life that is unpleasant to others. Looking past shortcomings and basing personal judgements on the complete history of an individual seems more difficult. Hell, Thomas Jefferson had slaves. Can you really tell me that temporary internment is harder to rationalize than permanent servitude in light of the good that each men did?


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Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

I used to party with his grandson.

When I first moved to Oregon, when I was 17. He was a friend of my husband's, before he was my husband. (Actually, attended a party at his house the night I met my husband.) Ran into him years later, Mark offered to buy him a beer at a local bar and was told he is just from a different class, he really does not mingle with our kind any more. Not an exact quote, but that was the gist of it.
SO, do what you will with that.

Love or fear? Choose again with every breath.

Can't hold anyone responsible for what the extended family...

has done or said.

Back in the day, horse rustling was a hangable offense. That doesn't mean that if your grandpa went unpunished for stealing my grandpa's horse that you should be hung for it.

Unfortunately, many times it's the case that children who are born into "important" families believe themselves to be on some higher plane of existence. Most of those types wouldn't last for a week on their own. Their self-esteem depends on the praise and/or envy of others.

I've always been a fan of the songs Better Class of Losers by Randy Travis and Common Man by John Conlee. I don't strictly listen to country music (never new country), but these two songs would sum up my feelings about the situation you described. I likely would have said - "Thank goodness! I really had no intention of talking to you and was dreading the thought of it. I'm glad you've decided to only hang out with people as snotty as yourself. Have a good day."