10/05/2005: Before I go any further, I need to state a couple of things for the record:
(1) I’m a hard-core Christian and political conservative. That means I tend to take the Scriptures at face value, and–yes–that means Biblical creation. I’m not a KJV-only type, but I’m one of those, “if you can show it to me in the Bible, I’ll believe it” types.
(2) I favor reversing Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, and returning the abortion issue to the voters, the legislative branch, and the executive branch for democratic resolution. In such an event, I fully intend to vote pro-life.
(3) I tend to believe that “same sex marriage” is an oxymoron, like “compassionate communism”.
(4) I’m a “God and country” type–in that order–and support our military efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, and am myself trying to get medical clearance to enter the military service.
(5) I’m an NRA member, gun owner, and competition shooter in action pistol and long-distance (1,000 yard) matches.
Ok…now that we have those matters out of the way: I am dropping WorldNetDaily from my blog. This is because Joseph Farah has completely gone off the deep end and resorted to the same dirtypolitik that defines Michael Moore and George Soros. All because Bush isn’t conservative enough for him.
For the last 30 years, religious conservatives have been trying to get Jesus elected. Trouble is, He ain’t up for election. And–guess what???–when He comes back, we won’t be having elections. 😉
Too many conservatives have trusted in the GOP to be the political savior. Trouble is, no political party can deliver that.
Reagan was good but mixed: after all, he gave us Chief Justice Rehnquist and Associate Justice Scalia. It wasn’t his fault that he got killed on the Bork nomination, and betrayed over time by Anthony Kennedy and O’Connor. He took on the commies, lowered taxes, and provided economic policies that were very pro-growth. But Reagan wasn’t perfect: we ended up with higher deficits and national debt, as well as one one great justice, one mediocre justice and one bust.
Bush 41, in turn, was also mixed on his court choices. He got burned by Souter, whom he did not know. Thomas, however, has been a gem.
While Clinton was a disaster on court picks, we knew that was going to happen: he promised to make Roe v. Wade a litmus test. That was the only promise he kept. Ergo, we got Breyer and Ginsberg.
Clinton had some good policies, but court picks were not among them.
Bush 43–for all his other faults–has been outstanding in his court picks. That is why many of his nominees languished in “filibuster hell”. While I would have preferred SCOTUS picks with more established track records, few can deny that Roberts was an exceptional pick.
As for Miers, again, I would have preferred a more established choice. But it is hardly uncommon–among Democrat and Republican presidents alike–for SCOTUS nominees to come from non-judicial backgrounds.
In fact, two recent Chief Justices–Earl Warren and William Rehnquist–had such non-judicial backgrounds. If you are liberal, Warren is a hero; ditto for conservatives with respect to Rehnquist.
Bush knows his legacy is riding on his court picks. All of his previous court picks have been exceptional (if you’re a conservative), so–given that batting average–I prefer to give Bush the benefit of a doubt.
I realize that many religious conservatives would like for Bush to nominate known John Birch firebrands who will say, “Yeah, I’ll reverse Roe. I’ll reverse Kelo. I’ll reverse Lawrence! I’ll overturn the National Firearms Act of 1934 and the Gun Control Act of 1968, and the prohibition on Class 3 firearms! I’ll also rule that income taxes are unconstitutional. And I’ll swear to that on the King James Bible!”
Of course, I’d like to see Ann Coulter on the Supreme Court, and everyone in hell would like a glass of ice water, too.
For now, if you’re conservative, I’d say it’s time to give Bush the benefit of a doubt on Miers. This type of nomination has ample historical precedent, and–given that he knows his legacy is hanging in the balance–a rational investor would buy that stock. Only the left need be afraid.
As for Joseph Farah: quit acting like a kook and grow up!