Today on Uncommon Knowledge, Thomas Sowell, author of Dismantling America, on the continuing outrage of judges who read their own ideological values into the Constitution. Case in point? Yes indeed. Judge Vaughn Walker’s decision to declare Proposition 8 unconstitutional—even though it ratifies the concept of marriage as universally understood at the time the Constitution was drafted and ratified, and even though it received the votes of seven million Californians.
The most important decision is always who makes the decision. The question of the role of gender is not for this judge to decide – since we’re presumably still, for the moment at least, a self-governing nation – it is for the voting public to decide. So the fact that Judge Walker feels the way he feels—wonderful! Let him vote that way in the privacy of the voting booth. But don’t let him say that this is now the law of the land.