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Your Opinion: Progressivism and justice don't mix

Your Opinion: Progressivism and justice don't mix

August 4th, 2013 by Larry Russell Johnson, Jefferson City in News

Dear Editor:

In late 2008, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor said she believed racial affirmative action should continue to help heal the inequalities created by racial discrimination. She stressed this wouldn't be a cure-all but rather a bandage and that society has to do much more to correct our racial imbalance.

In 2003 Justice O'Connor authored a majority Supreme Court opinion (Grutter v. Bollinger) saying racial affirmative action wouldn't be constitutional permanently but long enough to correct past discrimination, an approximation limit of around 25 years, or until 2028.

The U.S. Supreme Court should strike down racial affirmative action because it violated the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

The Supreme Court's job is to interpret the Constitution faithfully and be fair and balanced. Nevertheless the Supreme Court has the power to decide whether a federal or state law or executive action is constitutional, this power, known as judicial review is not expressly granted in the Constitution. However, the Constitution by its own term is the "supreme law of the land."

I am of the opinion that racial affirmative action is another word for profiling and unconstitutional reverse discrimination against white Americans. Despite statistical evidence the Supreme Court's use of fuzzy logic created a glass ceiling that prevents white Americans from advancing within a company, organization etc. and puts our youth at the end of the line at colleges and universities.

Progressivism and justice just don't mix. Democracy demands wisdom. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 corrected past discrimination. Justice O'Connor is using racial affirmative action like a political football and doing an end run around the U.S. Constitution.

Unbeknownst to most Americans on April 14 1805, during President Abraham Lincoln's last public speech before spending the evening at Ford's Theater on Good Friday, Lincoln said, "He had hoped to restore the union by December 1865, with kind and generous treatment for the defeated Confederate States."

An unpredictable event changed American history and the so-called radical Republicans favored harsh measures for the South under military rule and be treated like conquered provinces which unleashed the terror of the KU Klux Klan and a century of economic despair and racial division.

True evil does not disappear it just changes shape.

"There is always time to do the right thing," Martin Luther King, Jr.