The Roberts Court
I think Justice John Roberts voted with "the liberals" because he was worried about his legacy and that of the Supreme Court (The Rant, July 5th issue). As everyone knows, the Supreme Court's duty is to interpret the law, not make the law.
For example, when the court stopped the presidential vote recount in Florida and gave the presidency to George W. Bush, it made law. And when the court declared corporations people and allowed elections to be bought and sold, it made law again. Then Justice Scalia decided to run amok and make political speeches, etc.
I believe Roberts started thinking about how his court would be viewed by history and decided not to "drive more nails into democracy's coffin," Randy Haspel's accurate description of what they had done. I still don't know how Clarence Thomas got onto the court, or Scalia and Alito, for that matter. Oh, how I wish we had Justice William O. Douglas and his ilk back.
Porch swings and cane chairs are not just for decoration. Steamy Memphis nights spent swinging on the porch provide the opportunity for socializing with neighbors, mellowing out on your favorite music, or solving the world's problems with armchair ease.
Try a night out on the porch and rediscover the joys of fresh air and a passing parade of characters. Take back your street with this idle form of live theater. Long live the hot Memphis summer.
A Bergmann Fan
As the mother of three girls, I was horrified to see the video interview of Charlotte Bergmann by Thaddeus Matthews for his radio show. It sickened me to see how he would treat a woman, not to mention a black woman. The fact that I found this video through national media as opposed to local media is disheartening. It was a disgrace for the city. Imagine my surprise when I learned that it was perennial candidate George Flinn who gave Matthews the radio platform for such vitriol.
Editor's note: Ninth District congressional candidate George Flinn is not the owner of the station where Matthews interviewed Charlotte Bergmann.
I take my hat off to Philip Williams (Letters, July 12th issue). He is genuinely compassionate toward his fellow man. However, he has fallen into the common trap of selectively injecting Jesus Christ into debates simply to win a point. Both sides engage in this tactic.
Pagans deny Christ yet readily quote his words when defending Obama. Likewise, instead of using the Bible as an owner's manual for our own lives, we Christians often use it as a shotgun to blast whatever the pet peeve of the day happens to be.
Jesus taught that his kingdom is not of this world. He advised us to give to Caesar what is Caesar's and to God what is God's. Never in his life was Jesus active in government. Steve Cohen, a good, decent man, himself gave into the temptation to elevate Obama by equating him to Christ as a community organizer. We all do it, but we shouldn't. We have turned Jesus Christ into a wrecking ball.
Where Williams is confused is in assuming that Christians would support a president who wants to be generous to the poor. This is not the job of government; it is the job of man through the hand of God.
Christ never once looked to government to help him soothe the poor. He never once asked for handouts, giveaways, or special programs. Jesus taught us to live by faith and to trust him to provide.
Obama needs to stop trying to do God's job.
NBC's The Voice should be ashamed. The auditions the show held in Memphis July 7th were badly organized. They scheduled hundreds of people to arrive at 2 p.m.
Having been to cattle-call auditions in the past, I am aware there is a lot of waiting — but not outside in 105-degree weather. They should have held the auditions in a place large enough to accommodate the herd.
Adding insult to heatstroke, there were people across the street selling water and ice.
The Voice should have provided that, for free, to people willing to stand for hours in the heat.