Essay about Slippery Slope : Unfair Reasoning Of The Supreme Court

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Cheng
Xinnan Cheng
POLT 202 - 02
Prof. Kahn
Dec. 6, 2016
Prompt 6 (slippery slope)
Slippery Slope: Legitimate Reasoning of the Supreme Court The slippery slope is a metaphoric way to describe undesirable possible future as a consequence of today 's event. When the Supreme Court is dealing with a new implied fundamental right, the slippery slope argument was employed to state possible disastrous consequences due to the Court 's specific decision, more specifically, whether or not to recognize the new implied fundamental right. Some might view slippery slope argument as a fallacy, but it has been well and carefully used by the Supreme Court justices to support their arguments. Oftentimes, their goal is to defend the polity principle of the Supreme Court. In implied fundamental right cases, the use of slippery slope argument reflected the justices ' genuine worries over the potential infringement on the Supreme Court 's polity principle. For those who oppose the slippery slope argument, they might argue that the slippery slope argument is arbitrary, misleading, and mentioned by the Court simply to scare the public. Slippery slope argument can be especially persuasive when used in support of a new implied fundamental right because we all find the idea of losing rights repugnant. It is true that sometimes the Court 's slippery slope argument turned out to an inaccurate and exaggerated prediction of the future. For instance, in Lochner v. New York (1905), to back up the…

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