Friday, March 31, 2006

The passing of another giant.

Again it is our sad duty to report the death of another giant. Professor Bernard Siegan, 81, died from complications from a stroke he suffered. Siegan was nominated to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, but Democrats blocked his nomination. Too bad, as the justice system would have been better with his presence.

Libertarian, Richard Epstein, law professor at the University of Chicago, says Siegan's "legal instincts were very good." Siegan argued that the Constitution protected economic freedom as much as freedom of speech, religion and the press. Siegan argued the Supreme Court had regularly gone beyond the Constitution and infringed the rights of individuals and businesses to be left alone. Obviously this is not a book that Justice Scalia has read.

Had the Democrats allowed him to join the federal bench we might have ultimately been spared some of the bad conservatives who now sully the court.