Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Titles of Nobility and Special Privileges

Glenn Reynolds writes at USA Today about the proliferation of special privileges favoring certain government employees, and suggests that these privileges are the equivalent of the grant of titles of nobility specifically prohibited by the U.S. Constitution. Among these privileges, he notes:
All over America, government officials enjoy privileges that ordinary citizens don't. Sometimes it involves bearing arms, with special rules favoring police, politicians and even retired government employees. Sometimes it involves freedom from traffic and parking tickets, like the special non-traceable license plates enjoyed by tens of thousands of California state employees or similar immunities for Colorado legislators. Often it involves immunity from legal challenges, like the "qualified" immunity to lawsuits enjoyed by most government officials, or the even-better "absolute immunity" enjoyed by judges and prosecutors. (Both immunities -- including, suspiciously, the one for judges -- are creations of judicial action, not legislation).
Read the whole thing.

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