The Myth of Impartiality

19 04 2010

Jonah Goldberg, ladies and gentlemen!

According to Obama and countless other liberals, this sort of compassion in the law is “pragmatic” because it pays heed to the real world and real people as opposed to legalistic abstractions such as impartial justice. As former Boston Globe columnist Ellen Goodman put it last year: “I’ve never been sure why Lady Justice wore a blindfold as part of her permanent wardrobe. Yes, it’s supposed to be a symbol of impartiality. But it does limit her vision a bit.” For Goodman, the best judges reject the “myth” of impartiality.

That’s a simple quotation, outlining a simple and widely held belief that justice must sometimes account for individual circumstances and cannot always be about the coldly mechanical application of rules and punishments.  Jonah either misreads it or chooses to badly misrepresent it.  I honestly don’t know which.

—Jason

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