Tuesday, July 05, 2005

JRB - Anti-Statist Super Heroine?

I have decided to come out full force in lobbying for the appointment of Janice Rogers Brown to the position of Supreme Court Justice recently vacated by Sandra Day O' Connor. This will come as a great relief to our president, George W. Bush, who has clearly been seeking my direction on the issue.

As evidence of her superb qualification for this position I present a series of quotes posted on the website of a group vacuously named "People for the American Way" evidently in order to frighten good statists as to her real agenda. Rather than being frightened into climbing under the covers and sucking my thumb in the fetal position, I found myself cheering out loud. Here are some choice samples:

- We no longer find slavery abhorrent. We embrace it. We demand more. Big government is not just the opiate of the masses. It is the opiate. The drug of choice for multinational corporations and single moms; for regulated industries and rugged Midwestern farmers and militant senior citizens.

- I have argued that collectivism was (and is) fundamentally incompatible with the vision that undergirded this country’s founding. The New Deal, however, inoculated the federal Constitution with a kind of underground collectivist mentality. The Constitution itself was transmuted into a significantly different document...1937...marks the triumph of our own socialist revolution...

- We are heirs to a mind-numbing bureaucracy; subject to a level of legalization that cannot avoid being arbitrary, capricious, and discriminatory. What other outcome is possible in a society in which no adult can wake up, go about their business, and return to their homes without breaking several laws?

- At its founding and throughout its early history, this regime revered private property. The American philosophy of the Rights of Man relied heavily on the indissoluble connection between rationality, property, freedom and justice. The Founders viewed the right of property as “the guardian of every other right”…

Unfortunately, nothing I care about on any level will determine who will be appointed to the Supreme Court. It is an unfortunate consequence of Roe v. Wade that Supreme Court appointments will be single issue turf wars for some indefinite time period going forward. And we are all worse off for it.


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