Sunday, October 16, 2005

"Words reveal the way we think because we think in words" DUH!

A lack of judicial experience from Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers has reporters digging for some sort of evidence of the way she thinks. Miers wrote a column in THE TEXAS BAR JOURNAL when she was president of the Texas Bar Association in the early 1990s. She called it, "Presidents Opinion." Columnist David Brooks cites a few sentences written by Miers to illustrate the quality of her thinking. For one example: "We must end collective acceptance of innapropriate conduct and increase education in professionalism." And another: "We have to understand and appreciate that achieving justice for all is in jeopardy before a call to arms to assist in obtaining support for the justice system will be effective."

Of course it is not wholly fair to take a sentence or two from years ago out of context and use it to criticize the writer's judicial qualifications. But even the two examples I quote from Brooks' more extensive column can give anyone with a sense of clarity a view of Miers' mind at work, whatever her qualifications might be for the Court. So read her sentences again.

Any evidence there of mental depth? Of a keen mind at work, a mind appointed to argue incisively and write with clarity as a Supreme Court justice?

Try one more. Miers is further quoted as having written, "There is always a necessity to tend to a myriad of responsibilities on a number of cases as well as matters not directly related to the practice of law." Anyone for a hearty "Well, duh"?

Language ability is a picture window to the mind. So when Bush, in arguing for the privatization of Social Security accounts says, "And they tell me the private funds will compound daily," thinking people get more than a glimpse into his mind at work. So with Miers' writing. We look into the way she thinks. Or doesn't.

Somehow I am reminded of a comic book hero of mine from years ago. The simple minded innocent Li"l Abner used to say, "Good is better than evil because it is nicer!" That seems to me to be about the same level of thinking exibited by too many members of the Bush League, including the president and his personal friend and attorney, Harriet Miers.
I chuckled at a bumper sticker being advertised: "Jesus was a liberal. Now what is your point?" Even bumper stickers are sometimes deeper than words from our leaders!

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10/16/2005 4:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bush uses bumper sticker language all the time: I'm a uniter, not a divider. I'm a leader who gets results.
Freedon is on the march. They hate us for our freedom. Bring 'em on! And that is to name only a few of his shallow utterances.

10/16/2005 11:18 PM  
Anonymous tinytim said...

I am glad to see someone put into writing my thoughts about the lack of depth in our leaders' thinking. How sad that so few recognize that.

10/17/2005 6:55 PM  
Blogger psychdude said...

heh heh heh...gotta wonder what God was thinking, letting people like that in power.

10/18/2005 8:59 AM  
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10/19/2005 12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it scary that Bush wants the Iraqis to form a government free of their own muslim religion's influence, but he assures America that Miers will be a great justice because she is a fundamentalist Christian?

10/21/2005 3:23 PM  
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