Quick Index
 Adult Industry News
Search AINews Database
Type Keyword or Phrase Here
Are you TOUGH ENOUGH for Joanna Angel? EXPO 2014, August 24-27, Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas
   
 

Front Page
Film News
Media News
Business News
Clubs & Appearances
Law & Politics
Internet & Mobile News
Lifestyles Arts Health Charity
Letters to the Editor
Columns
Movie Spotlight Reviews
Interviews
Pornstar Pages
AINews Staff
Ad Rates
PR 101: Press Release Service

Caliente Swinger Vacations!

Join Tera Patrick

May 27, 2009 02:38pm
Judicial Freedom
Source: FreeSpeechRevolution.com
by: M. Dickinson

[This opinion piece graciously contributed by M. Dickinson of FreeSpeechRevolution.com (linked in the box to the right). We suggest all who find this interesting to go and read the many articles and interviews there. -Ed.]

The judicial history of Supreme Court Justice Nominee Sonia Sotomayor is making waves in the mainstream media. Nominated Tuesday by President Barack Obama, many are beginning to examine comments made by Sotomayor in 2001 in which she says that personal experiences, ''Affect the facts that judges choose to see. I simply do not know exactly what the difference will be in my judging, but I accept there will be some based on my gender and my Latina heritage.''

On its surface this small news note may appear to have virtually nothing to do with free speech. In reality, this comment has everything to do with free speech. At its very foundation, the goal of the first amendment and free speech is to discuss and examine ideas free from tethers and totally from scratch. The founding fathers did not accept fact as fact simply because it was told to them as being so. They wondered who said the King of England is to be revered and respected. Where is it written and why do we have to listen to him?

While the founders of this country took that attitude and used it to build a democracy in which virtually everything is publicly questioned and debated, the generations of the last two to three decades have slacked in keeping it. Too often, we have made topics off limits for political discussion, essentially closing the public policy debate on them. Many people doggedly accept the truths of Christianity, and get violently upset when they are questioned or debated using science. Why? What is so wrong with teaching scientific evolution to public school students versus the theory of there was a ''boom'' and people came out of it?

Trace that same logic into any public policy debate. Who says any one religion is better than the next? Why is it ''fanatical'' or a ''red flag'' if a Muslim prays in public, yet few think anything of it if a Christian does? Who says North Korea shouldnít have nuclear weapons? Who says itís wrong for gays to marry? Who says itís obscene to film women and men having sex with each other? Where do these so-called ''truths'' come from? Who says its ''unpatriotic'' to say America isnít always right, as some media outlets proclaim?

Laws are made by elected representatives who act as ''social'' judges of behavior. They pass laws based on what they think is best for their constituency. You donít like the job they do, run against them. If someone in Louisiana thinks Senator David Vitter is a hypocrite who preaches family values but screws call girls, make your issues public and run against him. Live in Alaska and donít like the fact that Sarah Palin preaches abstinence while her daughter is out humping around and getting knocked up? Call her on it. Run against her.

Courts and judges play a key role in determining public policy. In short term, they can provide injunctions at the local level, which stop laws dead in their tracks. Many times states and or the federal government have passed laws knowing they will be stopped by injunction almost immediately, due to constitutionality issues.

In the long term, courts can void acts of congress. As bad as Bush and his Republican Congress possibly were, it took three election cycles for the American people to eradicate them from the national scene. Courts can act quicker than that.

Judges and the courts decide which of these laws, or which parts of laws, are constitutional. When reviewing the law it is important to remember that it is inherently grey and not black and white. Different backgrounds and experience see things differently. Itís the varying shades of grey in between that in theory carve the technicalities of the law which allow us to be protected, yet free at the same time. The law is in many ways made to be broken.

When the Supreme Court sits down to review the constitutionality of issues presented to them, it is important they reflect a diverse group. If a room full of the brightest artists in the world are drawing a model, it is important they draw it from every angle and not just from one side.

FreeSpeechRevolution.com was founded by Mike Dickinson. If you want to be involved, offer ideas, or exercise your right to free speech and tell him you hate his ideas please email him at Mike@FreeSpeechRevolution.com

Are you TOUGH ENOUGH for Joanna Angel?

Related Stories

Related Sites - WARNING! Graphic Content

RavenBay01.3gp

See BiBi Jones at Digital Playground

Top Stories

Karen Summer Returns

Advertise on AINews

Cytherea Auctions Fan Scene

Evil Pin-Ups Karaoke XXX

Monique Alexander in Houston

Reader Comments on Adult Industry

Tribute to Christian Mann

This week on RNSU

TTS Welcomes Bobi & Jen

Sheila Marie on Reality TV

Testing the Waters

Cutting Edge Changes Staff

MWA: 07/23/14

MWA: 07/22/14

MWA: 07/21/14

Tweets = Cash with PornPitch

Proud Parents ~ Reviewer Rated

RNSU July 17

Next Day Test in LV

MWA: 07/13/14

Condomless Sex

The Goddess Lives

A Legend Looks Back

Nikki Phoenix Hosts Palomino

RNSU Thurs July 10

Nikki Delano at Crazy Horse

Resurgence of the Goddess

Pornstar Graduates Law School

July 3 Rock-N-SeXXXy-Uncencored

More on Belle Knox

Morgan Del Ray Karaoke XXX

MWA: 05/21/14

The Temptation of Eve ~ Reviewer Rated

Cumisha Amado on Vivid Radio

Yoga for Lovers

She's Judas & Available

Nikki Delano on Jukeboxx

Lapdance Lingerie in Neighbors

XRCO Welcomes Rich Hansen

IIM Party June 13

Hustler EDM Maniac Party

Layla Price Stars

Julia Sands Karaoke XXX

Susana Molina in Baci Lingerie

Fetish Con Dates

Porn's Greatest Star

James Deen June Promo

Exxxotica Exhibitors Lining Up

AdultVerifiedVideoChat iPad Contest

Sunny Leone Hosts Splitsvilla

Porn Star Game Night

Camming Con Moves Dates

Discount Club Owners Expo Tickets

Teal Conrad at Sapphire NYC

Exquisite Distributes DDF

Cherie Deville Returns

Alana Evans at WonderCon

Risque Starr Sisters Parties

Natasha Voya PSK

The Sexual Liberation of Anna Lee ~ Reviewer Rated

Carter Cruise at Exxxotica

Belle Knox at Exxxotica

Rock'N'SeXXXy & Hustler

Puma Swede Opens Desire

Nikki Phoenix XRCO Nom

Maddy O'Reilly is Slutwoman

Alex Chance jGrrl

Tony Batman Conquers LA

Alexa Aimes NYC Tour

2014 AVN News Rack Part 2

Roxanne Rae Available

Minka Karaoke XXX

Rio Lee Heads Cherry Pimps

Immoral Mayhem

XRCO Sponsorship Opportunities

Rotten Hosting Vivid Radio

Cherie Deville Available

Tony Batman Crazy Appearances

Inside The Industry 03/19/2014

Chanel Preston Interview

Alicia Silver Productions Content

Adrianna Luna Dance Dates

Entertainment is Entertainment is Entertainment

More
Stories From

Columns

Tribute to Christian Mann

MWA: 07/23/14

Testing the Waters

MWA: 07/22/14

MWA: 07/21/14

MWA: 07/13/14

A Legend Looks Back

The Goddess Lives

Resurgence of the Goddess

More on Belle Knox

2014 AVN News Rack Part 2

Belle Knox: Feminist Revealed

A Tribute to Gloria Leonard

2014 AVN News Rack Part 1

Tasha Reign on Respect

Lovable Evil Angels

Happy New Year

MWA: 12/30/13

The News Rack: Fall/Winter 2013

MWA: 12/12/13

MWA: 12/09/13

Seasons Greetings from AINews

The Girlfriends Family

MWA: 11/26/13

Entertainment is Entertainment is Entertainment

MWA: 11/22/13

MWA: 11/15/13

MWA: 11/10/13

A Day in the Smut Den

Our Attitude Along the Way

MWA: 10/29/13

MWA: 10/26/13

MWA: 10/23/13

MWA: 10/20/13

MWA: 10/16/13

MWA: 10/15/13

MWA: 10/11/13

Shooting at 21

MWA: 10/03/13

MWA: 09/29/2013

MWA: 09/28/2013

Rebecca Bardoux Marries Prince of Dubai

A Fearless Journey

MWA: 09/17/2013

MWA: 09/06/2013

MWA: 08/31/2013

MWA: 08/18/2013

MWA: 08/15/2013

MWA: 08/09/2013

Emma Marx Prelude

MWA: 07/27/2013

Sex & Ice Cream

MWA: 07/07/2013

MWA: 07/02/2013

MWA: 06/30/2013

Adieu, Aurora

MWA: 06/20/2013

MWA: 06/05/2013

Creeping Suicide

MWA: 05/31/2013

MWA: 05/14/2013

Typecasting Farrah Abraham

MWA: 05/04/2013 XRCO

MWA: 05/02/2013

MWA: 04/30/2013

MWA: 04/28/2013

Falcon's Flight: Letting Go & Living

MWA: 04/12/2013

A Bad Deal

Girlfriends in New Hands

Columns Section Index

     
Copyright © 1998 - 2014 Adult Industry News (AINews.com)
All materials constituting text, articles, press releases, stories, columns, photographs, graphics, and code on the AINews.com domain are protected by copyright, and either owned by Adult Industry News (AINews.com), or reproduced with permission from other copyright owners. It may be downloaded and printed for personal reference, but not otherwise copied, altered in any way, or transmitted to others, without the written permission of Adult Industry News (AINews.com).