Our resident anonymous liberal, Liberal Anonymous (which sounds like a good name for a self-help group), writes to my colleague:
Actions speak louder than words, Hunter, and Scalia has shown himself to be a rank hypocrite whenever he disagrees with the outcome of the law.
Aye, that’s our real world, LA. We are all human, and thus vulnerable to rationalizations and therefore hypocrisy—although I personally think Scalia’s batting average for fidelity to his judicial philosophy might make him the court’s ranking non-hypocrite. To wit: Justice Ginsburg fully allows that Roe is bad law, but won’t lift a finger to overturn it, or even tame it.
Do you favor turning your back on essential questions of right and wrong when the law dictates the contrary of your moral sense? I mean, surely a person of your obvious cosmic rectitude would have dissented in the Dred Scott decision.
Or as our current President Bush (two down, one to go) so eloquently put it:
“Another example would be the Dred Scott case, which is where judges, years ago, said that the Constitution allowed slavery because of personal property rights.
That’s a personal opinion. That’s not what the Constitution says. The Constitution of the United States says we’re all—–you know, it doesn’t say that…”
Precisely. Ah, the inarticulate speech of the heart: he is the master.
Trusty Slate lefty Tim Noah associates, and not unfairly, Roe with Scott, and why Bush says he wouldn’t appoint someone so reasonable as to agree with the Constitution (at that time) on the latter.
I ask you this not to put you on the spot, LA, but to open the gates of heaven and hell to all on this Miers thing. I mean, it’s far easier and quicker to learn someone else’s mind than their heart, which is why I think Bush went this way. Peter Singer or FDR? Sensibility or sense? Nietzsche or Jesus? Justice or mercy? Winston Churchill or Viggo Mortensen?
“Be kind. It’s worthwhile to make an effort to learn about other people and figure out what you might have in common with them. If you allow yourself to be somewhat curious — and if you get into the habit of doing that—it’s the first step to being open minded… and realizing that your points of view aren’t totally opposite. I don’t think anyone’s are, in the end. It’s just a question of finding out by spending time with them or giving their ideas a chance to be considered.”
—Viggo Mortensen, Artist, Actor, Activist
(Very interested as to what Brother Viggo has found in common with al-Qaeda and the janjaweed, and to hear his plan for Congo, but that should not diminish the universialityness of his sentiment. I’d think we could count him as firmly in Ms. Miers’ court. What a nice man. If he had spent 10 years at Harriet Miers’ side, spending time with her and giving her ideas a chance to be considered, I’m sure he would have nominated her himself.)