08 February 2017

Neil Gorsuch's yearbook quote

In the 1988 Columbia University yearbook, the quote accompanying Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch's photo comes from Henry Kissinger -
"The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a little longer."
However, Snopes notes that "determining Gorsuch's intention in offering this quote back then is a matter of speculation. It should be noted that Gorsuch founded a school newspaper called The Fed at Columbia University, which frequently published satirical content." 


  1. We often reveal our true selves in our humor.

    1. Indeed. I would certainly want to judged by what I thought was humorous when I was in college.

      BTW, perhaps of interest is this "History of Columbia's Oldest Student Newspaper"


  2. I would guess Kissinger wasn't offering this as satire...

  3. I came across the quote a few years ago. I use it a lot for humor. I'm not sure if Kissinger offered it as satire, or in what context. I think its hilarious, and a great comment on practical necessity.

  4. Full quote:
    "Before the Freedom of Information Act, I used to say at meetings,
    “The illegal we do immediately; the unconstitutional takes a little longer.“
    But since the Freedom of Information Act, I’m afraid to say things like that."
    I would guess there is much more to this quote.


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