Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Liberals Banking on President Bush not Honoring his Promises






E. J. Dionne has an article today singing the praises of Sandra Day O'Conner, and indirectly slamming modern conservatives.
It's odd that O'Connor, in an instant, became a liberal hero. In many ways, she is the most profoundly conservative justice on the court. Cass Sunstein, a law professor at the University of Chicago, noted that she is a particular kind of conservative, an implicit follower of the philosopher Edmund Burke, "someone who likes tradition, respects incremental change, doesn't like revolution."

But the Burkean disposition is not what animates the political movement that now flies under the colors of conservatism. The judicial right is seeking anything but continuity. It wants a revolution of its own -- or perhaps a counterrevolution. And unlike O'Connor, who liked her decisions very particular, the new conservatives love sweeping abstractions. To them, a case-by-case approach is as unprincipled as it is unexciting.
Let's put this another way; O'Conner's judicial work is similar to Nero's fiddle work. In both cases the performance might be very well done, but TOTALLY UNSUITED to the times.

The liberals of this country have taken us so far away from what the founders of this country intended that returning America to what it should be will seem like a radical, even revolutionary step. Given the INCREDIBLE ROT at the heart of the American Government, merely pruning the leaves will accomplish little. Instead we need someone who is going to interpret the law according to the original intent. And that is the sort of person President Bush has promised to place on the Supreme Court.

And people who are banking on President Bush not living up to his word, well, they don't know President Bush.

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