Edward Halas, Grand Forks, letter: Supreme Court wisdom seems in short supplySome of the Supreme Court justices seem to be treating the Constitution like a chess game, I do worry about the future.
By: Edward Halas,
GRAND FORKS — The men and women who sit on the Supreme Court are people of great intellect and legal scholarship. But do they also process wisdom?
Wisdom goes beyond intellect. IBM’s Big Blue computer possessed great “intelligence” and was able to beat the world’s best chess player; but Big Blue did not possess wisdom. The losing chess player can possess wisdom.
Wisdom incorporates not only intelligence, but also knowledge, experience and the creative process. The most intelligent computer cannot write great plays like Shakespeare, compose music like Beethoven or paint like Rembrandt. Only humans have that ability to create.
(Because religion is such a personal issue, I am deliberately leaving God out of this discussion.)
Does the current Supreme Court possess wisdom? The Gore-Bush case was admittedly a difficult one, but the court did pick Bush as the winner. The results were disastrous.
The court recently decided that corporations are like people and therefore can contribute unlimited money to political campaigns. This logic was not just wrong but psychotic.
Corporations are not like people. Corporations cannot exist without people. But people can exist without corporations and have done so for many thousands of years.
This is really a terrible decision with unpredictable consequences. Money equates with political power, and as corporations get more of both, the people will have less.
We can already see the effects of the court’s decision on corporate political contributions. The current Republican primary became a battle between billionaires. The Republican Party leaders were mere spectators, unable to have any influence on the race.
Our two major political parties are suppose to represent the people; but the Republican Party, at least, seems to be neutered.
Some of the Supreme Court justices seem to be treating the Constitution like a chess game, I do worry about the future.