Quote from: salty on May 20, 2007, 11:53:10 PM But I do think, and most any reasonable scholar would agree, that Thomnas is quite unimpressive for a Justice of the United States Supreme Court.You see, scholars don't think this. There's a lot of good work on the complexities of Thomas's jurisprudence and I feel fairly confident that almost no respected law professor would accuse him of being unimpressive. Your willingness to believe what is essentially an unscholastic and ridiculous opinion and attempt to gloss it with the respectibility of scholarship is just sad. The race thing is at its most telling when people imply that he just does what Scalia tells him. You know who else was quiet? George Washington. Except Washington owned slaved and hated whiskey, which is pretty much worse than sexually harassing your subordinates.
But I do think, and most any reasonable scholar would agree, that Thomnas is quite unimpressive for a Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
Except Washington owned slaved
Quote from: H4CS on May 21, 2007, 12:00:36 AMExcept Washington owned slavedApplying the standards of today is unfair.
It was wrong by the moral standards of his day as well.
So the qualification would be whether a tiny subset of the population of what, for all intents and purposes, was a different country (NY vs. VA) had raised an objection to a practice that had been continually used for thousands of years?
Washington lacked the foresight, intelligence, and compassion of his abolitionist peers. It's not like there was no way for him to have known better. He just chose not to do the right thing. I don't see what's so hard about this.
Or he thought that treating his slaves rather well and then emancipating them when he died in addition to privately expressing his dislike for slavery as an institution so as not to destroy the country to be good enough.
So when aforementioned Pakistanis think they are helping a girl by performing an honor killing
(or Christian parents who get their gay son electroshock to save him, etc) then they get a free pass?