Monday, November 21, 2005

Courts v. Legislatures

In the local Sunday paper yesterday, a letter to the editor about concealed carry legislation pointed out that such legislation is controversial until it's passed, and then it becomes a non-issue. Noumenon and I were discussing this, since, contrarily, controversial court judgements are ever-present issues. We came to the conclusion that the reason legislative decisions are much less steeped in controversy is, (a) their decisions tend to involve more compromise, (b) that compromise is backed by a variety of interest groups on both sides, and (c) the opportunity for change is much smaller--changing one Supreme Court Justice can reverse a number of landmark cases, but changing one legislator will, at most, add a couple of amendments or loopholes.


Blogger Noumenon said...

Funny how my "power groups" become your "interest groups," not sure if it's abstraction, translation, or just incomplete communication. Probably the last since I haven't posted about Who Rules America? yet.

12:49 PM  

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