Sarcasm and Contempt


Chief Justice Scalia sides with business over individual freedom too often, sometimes stretching logic and reason to the ripping point (ex: ruling a plaintiff bound by the time limit in reporting wage discrimination despite the fact the company had deliberately hidden the discrimination from her). But the thing that worries me the most is the sarcasm and contempt that permeates his public statements.  More often than not, sarcasm is used to reinforce weak arguments, or to mask mere opinion as intellectual rigor.  And contempt is used as a shield to keep from honestly evaluating the arguments from the other side.  Neither trait is desirable in any judge, much less one presiding at the Supreme Court.


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