Story Time with the Affordable Care Act

I am in love. I just read a fascinating analysis of the various cases that challenged the Affordable Care Act. But this was no run of the mill legal analysis; it was an amazing journey through the narratives that propelled the law to the drop of the Supreme gavel. The author, K. Chestek, a professor at Indiana University School of Law, combined two of my loves–language and the law–as he explored twelve trial briefs filed in the mosaic of cases that lead to one of the most influential and important cases our Supreme Court has ever heard. Chestek parsed the Hero’s journey sung by each plaintiff and defensive parry by each defendant, and compared the outcome of the cases, to discern if there was any pattern or correlation in the judge’s decisions based on the type of characters and obstacles chosen to tell the tales. It’s a refreshing look at the ACA, and intriguing glimpse into the power of language in the law.

No spoilers here, you’ll have to check it out for yourself, but here’s a taste:

“Persuasion is like a double helix: one strand of logos wound tightly with a strand of narrative reasoning.”

Oooo, it makes me tingle, it’s so nerdy!


Ron Paul’s Magic

“The number one responsibility for each of us is to change ourselves, with hope that others will follow.”

A great advocate for liberty bids farewell to Congress, with a parting gift of wisdom for the American People. Worth a listen, regardless of how you felt about his presidential run. The man has decades of experience in Congress, and as he points out, “no named legislation, no named federal buildings or highways–thank goodness.” Ron Paul illustrates that, contrary to convention, a successful political career for a true American is the lack of attributed massive federal expenditures. That’s old school political thought right there.

Click on the quote or picture above to watch the address, or follow this link for a transcript.

Your Children are Not Your Children

Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts.
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness;
For even as he loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable.


From The Prophet, Kahlil Gibran