Presumption of Prejudice

Looks like there will soon be a new Justice of the Supreme Court to pick, and the city of Washington, DC, prepares it’s forces for combat.

Conservatives want a proven conservative in the seat, and their political rivals quite predictably want the exact opposite. Both sides are preparing themselves to do whatever it takes to get their person into that extremely powerful position.

To which I say, “Why all the fuss? If a new Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States of America is fair , then what difference does it make whether they hail from the Left or Right? A fair person is fair, right?”

The entire room (from both sides of the aisle,) their eyes aghast, turn to face me with complete , total (and rather unkind, to be honest) astonishment. They all look at me like I’m totally, inexplicably and unfathomably deranged !

Of course (they all believe to the marrow of their bones) it is existentially important that any new Justice of the Supreme Court be prejudicially committed toward one political belief or the other [conservative, or liberal, as the case may be) ! How could the dispensation of Justice possibly even be possible if conflicts were decided by someone not favorably disposed to one mindset over the other? Since judges will “judge” things in favor of their own predilections (in other words, their own prejudices) then the only way to assure good judgments is to have judges whose prejudices are of the correct orientation, right? A self evident truth to every partisan.

This Presumption of Prejudice is so fundamental to everyone’s core beliefs that unfairness is simply assumed without question. Not only does it go without being said, it goes without even being thought. The idea of a truly impartial judge is below laughable, because nobody actually wants it. No one wants fairness or justice. No one wants impartial logic. What people want is victory, for their side, period.

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