Wednesday, September 29, 2004

A Tribe Called Plagiarist

Say of them what you will, but the Weekly Standard deserves the thanks of a grateful nation for sparing us an eventual Laurence Tribe Supreme Court appointment by catching him red-handed in the act of plagiarism.

Tribe, a Harvard professor who is currently the most cited (and probably most influential) constitutional law expert in the country, is a rabid judicial activist who sees the role of the court as refashioning the "living Constitution" to suit today's needs--a blueprint for the judicial tyranny we're now living under. This is the approach that takes the original meaning of the text as written, crumples it up, sets it on fire, and throws it in a waste basket. It's the approach that has brought us to the current situation, where courts will interpret a phrase like "Congress shall make no law..." to mean "Congress shall make all sorts of laws..."

Tribe was also the architect of the "borking" strategy of personal attack that derailed the Supreme Court nomination of Robert Bork back in the late 1980's, and he's the mastermind behind the Democrats' current filibuster being used in the Senate to deny hearings for well-qualified conservative judicial nominees.

He's now been caught ripping off the work of historian Henry J. Abraham and passing it off as his own, a charge to which he now confesses. Though Tribe will continue to destroy the foundations of American constitutional law from his Harvard classroom and through his many writings, this incident will hopefully at least keep him off the highest court in the land--a court that hardly needs any more hardened judicial legislators.

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