Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The Supreme Court Will Have a Mock Trial on Texas Seccession

Why Doesn’t Anybody Tell Us These Things?

It turns out that one of the pastimes of the Supreme Court, when they are not busy gutting the nation’s laws that promote justice, equality and equal protection under the law is engaging in Mock Court cases.  Really, they do.

Mock trials, as we reported earlier this year, are a popular pastime for Supreme Court justices.

So in November Justice Scalia will preside over a mock trial, or re-trial of

Texas v. White at an event sponsored by the Supreme Court Historical Society.

Not in Texas!
Texas was admitted to the Union in 1845, under a statute placing it “on an equal footing

with the original states, in all respects whatever.” In 1861, however, Texas decided it wanted out. The secession ordinance complained about the “imbecility of the Federal Government,” saying Washington failed to protect Texas from Mexican “banditti” and insisted on “the debasing doctrine of equality of all men, irrespective of race or color—a doctrine at war with nature.” (emphasis added, it kinda has to be doesn’t it).

Leaving aside the last sentence, which may be one of the most offensive phrases ever uttered by a government; in Texas vs White the Supreme Court said

. . .  was invalid, as was the whole concept of secession, because Texas’s annexation by the United States was final and indissoluble.

Go Ahead and Leave, But U. S. College
Do Not Play Football with Foreign Schools

Which would seem to have settled the issue of secession.  But Texas Rep. Governor Rick Perry has brought up the issue in the past, (enhancing his credentials to be President of a country he might want to secede from), so the Mock Trial will revisit the issue. So

Mr. Perry, who is seeking the Republican presidential nomination, now has a chance to see one of his favorite judges offer vindication of sorts

We assume Mr. Scalia will rule for Texas, after all, from reading his decisions he does not seem to have any trouble with that “debasing doctrine of equality of all men” thing and so can easily side with Texas on this.

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