Polygamy and U.S.Law

Musings from the Chiefio

I was looking at something altogether different, and ended up with an odd bit of “Oh Dear!” from a Supreme Court ruling.

It started with the Republican Convention and the oblique references to Romney being from a Mexican root. How deep was that root, I wondered. So I went looking.

The short form is that when the U.S. Government was abusing the Mormons in Utah (and it’s hard to interpret it as anything but that) a bunch of them “bugged out”. Some to Canada, some to Mexico, some to other places no doubt. Just looking for some peace.

Turns out Romney’s Granddad was one of them. Mitt’s Dad was born in Mexico, but being the child of an American Citizen, they kept the American citizenship line running. Later he returned to the USA and Mitt was born, so both born on U.S. Soil and the son of U.S. Citizens. Just…

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Judge Richard Posner: “I’ve Become Less Conservative Since The Republican Party Started Becoming Goofy.”

Bob Schwartz

Last month, Judge Richard Posner of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago gave an interview to NPR’s Nina Totenberg.

Richard Posner is one of the most widely-respected judges and legal analysts in the country. Brilliant and forthright, he is admired by people across the political spectrum for his integrity, insight and elegant reasoning.

He has traditionally been identified as a conservative and with the Milton Friedman school of economics, but lately he has been reassessing that alignment:

“There’s been a real deterioration in conservative thinking. And that has to lead people to re-examine and modify their thinking….I’ve become less conservative since the Republican Party started becoming goofy.”

During the interview, he wondered aloud about what Chief Justice John Roberts must be thinking, having gone from conservative hero to goat because of his vote to uphold the Affordable Care Act:

“All of a sudden you find out…

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Week 1: U.S. Law

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Bear with me as I have never blogged or even read a blog before! I am still getting use to this.. but hey, that’s what we’re here for.. to learn, right? This week I explored the basic concept of law. Its definition, functions, fairness, and flexibility. Additionally, I learned the history of American law and the sources of law within the U.S.

Laws are rules of actions or conduct prescribed by controlling authority that have binding legal force. They are put in place to keep the peace, shape moral standards, promote social justice, maintain the status quo, facilitate orderly change, facilitate planning, provide a basis for compromise, and maximize individual freedom. Also, law is generally vague and variable, so to ebb and flow with changes over time within society, technology, etc. The U.S. Constitution is often referred to as a “living document” because it is so adaptable.

The founding fathers…

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