It is my experience that many U.S. citizens were not pleased with Earl Warren's time on the Court. In reviewing some of his history, I find it pleasing, and the character of the man pleasing.
Let me recall a bit of what I have learned:
His father was an immigrant from Norway. My paternal grandmother's parents had roots reaching back to Norway. That may make me kin to Warren. Hope that doesn't prejudice this account.
He spent much of his childhood and youth in Bakersfield, California. Bakersfield is a town on the edge of the desert I have called home. Almost a homeboy.
He seemed to have had a strong dislike for mob action. I don't like it much either
Earl W. was a young charter member of Local 268 of the American Federation of Musicians. I am not a musician, but I have seen value in unity.
Warren quoted president Lincoln as saying, "I'm a slow walker, but I never walk backward." I am not exactly sure of what that means, but it does not seem a bad saying for a politician.
Well, now I feel interested in what Mr. Warren did as Chief Justice of our Supreme Court. I have walked backward from time to time, but just now I feel like working up a little essay on Warren's doings as Chief Justice.
by Richard Sheehan for Mago Bill