"...it's not the training to be mean but the training to be kind that is used to keep us leashed best." ~ Black Dog Red

"In case you haven't recognized the trend: it proceeds action, dissent, speech." ~ davidly, on how wars get done

"...What sort of meager, unerotic existence must a man live to find himself moved to such ecstatic heights by the mundane sniping of a congressional budget fight. The fate of human existence does not hang in the balance. The gods are not arrayed on either side. Poseiden, earth-shaker, has regrettably set his sights on the poor fishermen of northern Japan and not on Washington, D.C. where his ire might do some good--I can think of no better spot for a little wetland reclamation project, if you know what I mean. The fight is neither revolution nor apocalypse; it is hardly even a fight. A lot of apparatchiks are moving a lot of phony numbers with more zeros than a century of soccer scores around, weaving a brittle chrysalis around a gross worm that, some time hence, will emerge, untransformed, still a worm." ~ IOZ

May 10, 2010

Qualifications for having and holding power...

Brief useless thought:

At FDL, unfolds a discussion of Kagan's qualifications for the job of High Church Black Robed Adjudicator.

It does not matter if Elena Kagan qualifies for the nomination to SCOTUS, on the grounds of her publication history, her legal opinions, or lack thereof. "Qualified" and "unqualified" (in these terms) don't provide any insight, I believe, into understanding the Supreme Court, or who possesses some "right" or right quality, to sit on it.

The people who sit there do so because a very small number of folks rule over a very large, very governable, very obedient bunch of the rest of us.

From that perspective, one qualification matters more than any other: Will the rest of us obey?

If so, whomever Obama nominates holds as much "right" to the job as any other person interested in ruling over some portion of three hundred million taxpaying subjects of the national-myth corvée...

3 comments:

Charles F. Oxtrot said...

The wage-slavery isn't slavery in Pwog-land, because it gives one the "freedom" to exercise "purchasing power."

Bwaaaah hah hah hah hah hah. Men, not fit for slavery, aspiring to kingship!

Ethan said...

From the introduction to that wikipedia entry, I need to start more sentences with "It differs from chattel slavery in that..."

Jack Crow said...

Thanks for the nightcap laugh, the two of you.

Now back to making myself even less understood, at SMBIVA...