Letter: It's the facts

Andrew Joppa, arch-conservative letter writer, makes unsubstantiated charges against the government with statements such as "the Supreme Court has put forth a series of opinions that are unmistakably outside of the Constitution." Of course, he provides not a single example to support this statement. Other statements, except one attributed to Ben Franklin, are equally unsupported.

As the saying goes, "You are entitled to your own opinions, but not your own facts."

Joppa would have us believe several things without facts: that he is educated on constitutional law; that his rants have some factual basis; that the Supreme Court decisions are "quirky" and "ideologically" driven; and that politicians unconstitutionally reallocate the wealth of the nation.

Just as a reminder, the Supreme Court has a conservative majority and every day cases are brought to it to determine if the laws are constitutional. Obviously, there needs to be a court of final judgment to insure the constitution is protected and reflected in our legal system.

Joppa may believe the system in the past was perfect but the Supreme Court has decided that the constitution protected the rights of women, ex-slaves and many others. The Court ruled that their rights were protected and unconstitutionally denied in prior rulings.

Finally, in typical conservative fashion, Joppa believes that our system should deny the poor and vulnerable opportunities that the wealthy have: quality education, health care, crisis-based financial support and job opportunity.

Yes, it was a great system, Mr. Joppa.

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