This blog originally founded by Blogger who holds a theological degree and a doctorate in Counseling Psychology. Taught Psychology for 32 years and is now Professor Emeritus. Is a board-certified psychologist and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in his profession. Ministered as a chaplain, and pastored Baptist and Episcopal churches. Publications cover the integration of psychology and theology. Served in the Army, the Merchant Marines and the Peace Corps.
Thursday, June 23, 2016
It Isn't About the Constitution. It's About Love
The Supreme Court Decision today was about whether the president exceeded his constitutional authority. The courts said, yes, he did. Again.
Unsurprisingly, the president went to the people, skipping over the Constitution question, he emoted all over the place that the decision would do things like define what kind of country we are. We are a nation of immigrants. We are not the kind of people who break the hearts of millions of people who have made their lives here. Who have raised their families here. Who hoped for the opportunity to work here. We are going to have to decide if we are a people "who accept the cruelty of ripping children from their parents arms". . . .
So let’s give a little background of Obama’s concepts of the role of the courts. He writes:
"I will seek someone who understands that justice isn't about some abstract legal theory or footnote in a casebook; it is also about how our laws affect the daily realities of people's lives, whether they can make a living and care for their families, whether they feel safe in their homes and welcome in their own nation. I view that quality of empathy, of understanding and identifying with people’s hopes and struggles, as an essential ingredient for arriving at just decisions and outcomes". (Blogger’s emphasis)
"behind law there are stories—stories of people’s lives as shaped by the law, stories of people’s lives as might be changed by the law …" That understanding of law, not as an intellectual exercise or words on a page, but as it affects the lives of ordinary people, has animated every step of Elena Kaplan’s career …"The Role of the Courts
Reading Obama’s idea of the courts, reminded me of the findings about differences in how women, as opposed to men,. approach moral decisions. The findings are that: "on the whole, women seem to be more empathetic and more focused on the collective good." The psychologist Gilligan taught that women are more likely than men to base moral decision an a care (for people) orientation, whereas men gravitate more towards principles. In other words in general a man would see the highest good as following the principles of the Constitution and a woman might think of the impact on individuals. 50% of Obama's approved appointments have been women and in the quotes above of what he was looking for in a judge, is the feminine approach. Moral Values
Bottom line, in Obama’s world, empathy trumps basic principles of the Constitution. (Incidently, Hillary immediately weighed in today with "These are our friends and family members; neighbors and classmates. Sweet.)
Posted by Blogger at 9:17 PM