Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Godwin's Other Other Law

We need a new law that when a lawyer publicly invokes the Constitution as a magic shield against or for a position, the argument is automatically suspect if not invalidated, for pretty much the same reasons as Godwin's Law.  It doesn't stop the argument, or give you a rhetorical win; it just makes you look stupid.

I can't imagine what Constitutional provision is impaired by a statute requiring candidates on a ballot to release their tax returns.  All states have laws restricting who can be on their ballots, and those laws basically protect the two majority parties (as well as eliminate the chaos of a ballot of thousands for any one office).  If that restriction isn't arbitrary and/or "unconstitutional," I can't fathom how this one could be.

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