Monday, November 14, 2005

wise words from a wise man

"We cannot ask a man what he will do, and if we should, and he should answer us, we should despise him. Therefore we must take a man whose opinions are known."
-Abraham Lincoln, on the process of selecting Surpreme Court justices

Words Written: one hundred ninety-two
Lessons Graded: ten

2 comments:

TheCompleteGeek said...

Nice quote.

John B. said...

Yah, well, since when do our politicians consider past history or thought, presidential or otherwise.

Most current leaders are examples of that saying , "those who don't heed the lessons of history are condemned to repeat them".

It is very easy to say that you will rule or think a certain way during confirmation hearings...once justices reach the bench, their colors often change. Just ask DDE and the Republicans, who thought that Earl Warren was a staunch conservative, they gave him the justice position in exchange for carrying California for DDE...he ended up being pretty liberal and changed the court dramatically.