Why the Law is Foreign to Ginsberg

There is an old saying, "A man who is capable of deceiving only others is not nearly as dangerous as a man who is capable of deceiving himself."  Truer words were never spoken.  When a person lies, he is deceiving others about reality, but at least knows he is engaging in deception.  But when someone rationalizes -- which is when you lie to yourself -- he is truly lost.  He then not only bends reality for others as a by-product of bending it for himself, but he can render untruths without having to lie.  This is because a lie is when he tells an untruth knowing it's untrue.  It's much like when the ever-prevaricating George Costanza character on Seinfeld gave his advice for beating a polygraph machine, "just remember . . . it's not a lie if you believe it." I think of this when I hear Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader-Ginsberg tout the use of foreign law by American judges sworn to uphold the Constitution -- that would be our...(Read Full Article)

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