Originalism

January 9th, 2011

Inspired by What an Originalist United States Might Look Like (Jeffrey Rosen, New York Times 1/08/11).


“Originalists” claim they make decisions based on original intent

By trying to divine what the Founders meant.


Nevermind that it somehow conveniently always ensues

That the Founders support “originalist” justices’ personal views,

Even though the Founders themselves dind’t agree,

And didn’t always spout “conservative” ideology.


Part of the problem, if one’s really sincere,

Is that the Founders’ views are often unclear.

That makes it easy to use the text

As a convenient pretext.


So while these originalists to be impartial judges profess,

They’re just politicians in ceremonial dress.

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