The new president may think he’s Solomon, but he’s not quite there yet.
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Blackmun plumbed unexplored depths of the Constitution to discover an unrestricted (and until then, wholly imaginary) right to abortion. His discovery was made possible by what Douglas had earlier called “penumbras and emanations” associated with “specific guarantees in the Bill of Rights.”
When you’ve raided the vocabularies of astronomy and chemistry to find a right to privacy in the penumbra of an emanation, it’s no great leap to suppose that people have penumbras and emanations, too, and that in turn would suggest that reading the heart of a Supreme Court nominee is — if you’ll pardon the expression — child’s play.
Judges whose hearts reveal conservative penumbras or sympathy for Scalia-style “originalist” thinking, will not be nominated by this administration for seats on the Supreme Court, and that is why Constitutional Law has fallen again on hard times, even as modern Democratic adulation for the nobility of law elevates another coffee klatch of law school graduates to positions of political power.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?