Justice is Blind

by Sal on November 29, 2006

in Culture,Politics

Watch out America, your currency will be changing yet again.  Federal Judge James Robertson (a Clinton Appointee, of course) has ruled that the current currency system in America discriminates against blind people, because they cannot tell different denominations of bills is which.  The judge feels it is “reasonable” for the government to do something to make it easier (i.e. a raised number or letter, different sizes, etc.).  Besides costing billions to implement, this will ripple through the vending machine industry and indirectly cost Americans even more.  Electronic devices are already available to assist blind people in identifying bills.  This, apparently, was not enough for Judge Robertson, who argued that since all 180 other countries that produce currency have different sizes or textures, that the U.S. should as well.  I have no beef against someone who is blind, but the idea that the country needs to fundamentally change to accommodate every conceivable disability is both insane and impossibly complex. 

While we are at it, we should do something about NPR.  NPR, a government-funded radio network, discriminates against deaf people.  We need to create and distribute for free a radio teleprompter that allows deaf people to see what is being said on NPR. 

This is another example of a Federal Judge ignoring common sense, taking the law beyond what it was ever intended to provide, and writing his own law based on other nations and his own personal opinion.  This is why judges matter. 

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Matt November 29, 2006 at 7:17 am

Don’t automobiles discriminate against blind people too? I think the automobile industry should be forced to make accommodations that allow blind people to drive cars. Oh, and while we’re at it, I think radios discriminate against deaf people. Let’s ban all radios too.


Mike November 29, 2006 at 1:46 pm

I’dd add one thing. It would also be inappropriate for a judge to implement policy positions favored by a majority of the people. Policy decisions, wise or otherwise, are not the business of the judiciary. We have elected officials to make these decisions.


Matt November 29, 2006 at 4:59 pm

Sorry I didn’t read the original post carefully enough… Just realized that Sal already made the point about deaf people and the radio. :)


Robert Thomas September 5, 2007 at 1:46 am

Dear Sir/madam:
I was incarcerated here in Cameron County Texas (In the city of Brownsville) for 4 months for not signing consent on the application for a passport of my minor child. A Cameron County District Judge ordered to put me in jail, untill I sign the consent. Even though he he realised my mistake and released me without nsigning, so far no action has taken against the judge and the media is not helping.

Please visit my website, http://www.justiceisblind.info, for more information.
Thanking You


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