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The Legacy of Justice John Paul Stevens

In a piece I wrote for The Daily Caller over the weekend, I outlined the reasons why Justice Stevens should be remembered, notwithstanding how well liked he may be as person, for his liberal activism and the damage that activism has inflicted upon America. Introduction and link below:

The retirement announcement by Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens brings about the usual speculation about his replacement, as well as the retrospective of the retiring justice’s career. Much will be made of the oft-described collegiality of Justice Stevens, and deservedly so. He is by all accounts a decent man, a World War II veteran, and he is beyond question a Justice who wrote opinions across the spectrums of ideology and judicial philosophy, notably defending, in dissent, Congressional action to ban the desecration of the United States flag (see Texas v. Johnson, 491 U. S. 397).

But make no mistake about Stevens’ legacy. He is, like virtually all modern liberal jurists, an activist who is not afraid to use the Court to achieve his own philosophical ends. And that tendency is as dangerous as a renegade president and Congress hell bent on increasing the power of the state at the expense of liberty, as is the case with the current regime.

Read the entire piece here: http://dailycaller.com/2010/04/10/commentary-justice-stevens-liberal-activism-made-america-weaker/#ixzz0ku37ACGz

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