JLL considers Donald Trump to be a 21st century Tom Thumb.I’m not sure why.He certainly violates JLL’s principle of not hurting with words.There is something pre-adolescent in the nature of the name calling he engages in.Nevertheless his surly, childish onslaughts have catapulted him to the front of a Republican pack of 16.There is something that resonates with a tea party base and that is in part defiance and rudeness.Let’s face it, this ugliness is part of all of us. More condemnable than the Donald are the sanctimonious folks who use weasel words and hypocrisy to hide selfishness,bigotry and greed.However,spontaneous bad judgment is unelectable and so “the Grand Old Party” will have to force the game to No Trump bidding,using expendables like Romney and Perry to do the dirty work. Maybe Trump is a synthesis of Tom Thumb.Penrod,Caliban and all of the guys in Lord of the flies.
The Ben Peterson article re dignity(“The Dangerous Side of Dignity”) appearing in “The Intercollegiate Review” invokes visions of heaven and hell in mankind’s struggle to claim dignity.It asserts that it is not a constitutional right despite Justice Kennedy’s assertion to that effect in the 5 to 4 Oberfell decision.Justice Clarence Thomas asserts that a slave has no inherent right to dignity going beyond the constitutional issue.(Into the realm of the unconscious perhaps?) We are left to ponder whether the only rights that a U.S. citizen can claim are constitutional. Perhaps Clarence Thomas senses a moral order that transcends citizenship but which he denies to slaves(ex as well?) Maybe in the search for a better world(one that allows for 7 1/2 billion people) the U.S. constitution is merely a guidepost akin to the Magna Carta which in all of its manifestations served as a guidepost to our Constitution.Guideposts from the worlds…
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An early cast member of the Star Trek team referred to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas as a blackface clown.This indictment was,among other things,probably meant to wound Thomas’feelings.J.L. has told us that wounding words are damaging and should be refrained from.Justice Thomas is woundable(see Justices/Yale visit this blog)but his self image (whatever that is) seems immune from being affected.Why else would he select the example of slavery to couch his virulent dissent from the “right to marry” supreme court 5 to 4 decision.Certainly his own interracial marriage does not seem analogically relevant to him.
In a world of symbolic interaction one wonders what impact Clarence
Thomas is having on visible minority (especially black)youth.Thurgood Marshall was and is an outstanding symbol by virtue of being an outstanding civil rights attorney and a competent,although not necessarily outstanding jurist.Sonia Sotomayor is both an outstanding lawyer and an outstanding jurist.There appears to be nothing…
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We lost an old friend and new blog contributor with the death of Daniel Sugarman PhD after a short illness, last week.Dan was an outstanding human being,therapist and teacher.He was an octogenarian who ventured gingerly into the world of the blog to make brief contributions.His classmates at Bronx Science High School (class of 48) knew him as “Big Dan”because he was taller and stronger than most of us at that stage of our development.More important than “size” was the fact that he was a guy who insisted on fairness and order even then.Things had a way of going right when he was around, in part because he would not tolerate bullying. It is this latter more than anything that earned him the “Big”.(All denizens of the Bronx or more generously N.Y.C.will understand).
Our love,sympathy and condolences go out to his wife Barbara(also a Bx. Science alumnus)and the rest of his…
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