Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Being Correct Does Not Make You Right, as Neither Being Right Does Not Make You Correct: How the Rejection of Outcome Determinism Makes for Very Strange Bedfellows

If someone were to  have told me that one day I would be an admirer of John Ashcroft or in agreement on anything with Anton Scalia, I would have not so politely suggested that you have your head examined.  Yet both those days have occurred and in some instances, on more than one occasion.  "But how can that be?", you may ask, "Plain Sense, our bastion of liberal virtue and defender of Constitutional Rights on the same side of issues with ultra right-wing, knuckle dragging ignoramus Neanderthals like Ashcroft and Scalia?"

"Well even a blind chicken can find a kernel of corn some days", you may be thinking to yourself, whether you are a supporter of the Ashcroft-Scalia crowd or an intellectual backer of truth, justice and the American way (i.e. Plain Sense supporter) and in either instance you would be wrong.  In this ever increasingly complicated world in which we live in (no as much as I would like  to, I am not going to break into the chorus of a James Bond movie theme from the Seventies) the Constitution sometimes makes for strange bedfellows.  That is if you stick to your beliefs and do not take the cowardly approach of Justice Breyer and run willy nilly hysterically down the road of outcome determinism.

The recent nomination of James Comey to be the next head of the FBI has caused me to again remember my great admiration for former Attorney General John Ashcroft when he called upon every last bit of strength left in his body to rebuke Cheney's henchmen who had invaded his ICU room at Georgetown University Hospital in an attempt to get him to countermand Comey's refusal to sign off on one of the greatest invasions of privacy ever to hit the American Public (i.e. Bush Administration's illegal interception of nearly all electronic communication).

Just yesterday I was again reminded, that as much as I sometimes abhor Justice Scalia's decisions on an individual issue, I grudgingly admire and respect his adherence to principle as he again demonstrated yesterday in the DNA case out of Maryland, albeit, sadly in the minority.  Which just goes to show you how the rejection of outcome determinism can make for very strange bedfellows. 

With that being said, you must excuse me now because I cannot resist in being something of a hypocrite:

When you were young and your heart was an open book
You used to say live and let live
(You know you did, you know you did you know you did)
But if this ever changing world in which we live in
Makes you give in and cry

Say live and let die
(Live and let die)
Live and let die
(Live and let die)

What does it matter to ya
When you got a job to do
You gotta do it well
You gotta give the other fellow hell

You used to say live and let live
(You know you did, you know you did you know you did)
But if this ever changing world in which we live in
Makes you give in and cry.

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