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Friday, May 2, 2014

The New Republic: Opinion: Jeffrey Rosen: Schuette Decision: Supreme Court Supported Precedent: Judicial Restraint on Affirmative Action



The New Republic: Opinion: Jeffrey Rosen: Schuette Decision: Supreme Court Supported Restraint

This post was originally posted at The New Democrat on Blogger

Jeff Rosen, as almost always, hit it on the mark today in his column in The New Republic.  He said that whether you agree with the Supreme Court decision on affirmative action at the University of Michigan  or not, you should at least agree with how they decided it.  Showing judicial restraint, they said that whether you have affirmative action in your state or not, should be decided by democratic processes, through the legislature and the voters.  It should be not be left to some unelected board or institution.

Today's Progressives are always talking about the need for more democracy in America, that too many important decisions are being left to a handful of people who represent powerful interests.  Yet they take the undemocratic position that an institution, in this case the University of Michigan, knows better than the voters themselves whether or not there should be affirmative action at this public university.  They believe in affirmative action and will seek to preserve it by any means necessary.