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Anthony Kennedy

Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

The dynamic of the law is that it transcends -- or attempts to transcend -- the emotions of the time. That's the dynamic of the legal system. Most law professors and many commentators say that the judicial review -- the idea that courts can set aside legislation -- is anti-majoritarian, or contra-majoritarian, so that a majority can't make its will binding on an injured minority. That's true in one sense, false in another. It may be true that when we set aside a particular congressional enactment or a state law -- which is an awful function, awful in the sense of powerful -- it's true that we, for the moment, may displease the majority. But, if you look over time, if you ask what the American people -- the majority of the American people -- want over time, over our history, they want judicial review. They want to make sure that the promises of the Constitution are honored, that the commitments we made basically over time with our ancestors are followed.
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Jeong Kim

President of Bell Labs

Jeong Kim: I don't feel that I was chastised by people outside the family, but I would imagine this is not as good as if you had your own parents looking after you. I felt that my parents neglected me. As a matter of fact, when I left home you could say I was kicked out of home. My father disowned me when I was 16. I'm not quite sure why. I wasn't a bad kid. I was never into any drugs or did anything bad. Actually, I was a good student, but for some reason there was a lack of interest. And, maybe it's the way this first generation immigrant -- there's just so many problems, so many things to worry about, and I'm just one of the kids. And, I guess because my parents were divorced and I never really lived with either parent for a very long time, so we probably never established that bond.
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Jeong Kim

President of Bell Labs

Jeong Kim: There was a moment in my life that I said I was at the rock bottom. I just couldn't think of anybody who was more miserable than I was, and I tried to think of somebody who might be more miserable. But, physically I was hungry. I didn't have food for a couple of days and there were times that were that ugly. And I said to myself, you know, life, that I really have two choices: "Either commit suicide or I try to make something with my life." And I said, "In life, I'm at the rock bottom. It's going to have to get better than this."
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James V. Kimsey

Founding Chairman,
America Online

James V. Kimsey: My first tour I had a team up in what they call I-Corps, just south of My Lai. And, I took a team in after the first team got wiped out and I stayed there for a year. During that year I had about 1,100 Vietnamese irregulars that I was responsible for. Every day of that year I had at least one of those guys get killed. Some days we had big attacks and a lot more got killed. But, this was a very bad area of Vietnam.
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James V. Kimsey

Founding Chairman,
America Online

That night we got mortared, and we had tracers flying around, which was not an abnormal nocturnal experience for us. And, I remember sort of smugly saying to one of my team members I said, "Watch, those nuns are going to be back over here in the morning trying to have me get a helicopter and get them out of here." And sure enough, the next morning the little Mother Superior -- there was a Mother Superior, a nurse, a teacher and a cook -- came over and I said, "Yes, Sister, what can I do?" And she said, "Please follow me." And, she took me back to the orphanage and during the night she'd made up a punch list of all the deficiencies she's found with the orphanage. And, she took me around and showed me all these, a little crack here, little something over here, and the implication being that I had to fix them. And I thought to myself, "I think I really underestimated these nuns."
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