Saturday, May 24, 2008

More on the Californian marriage row
Regular readers know my libertarian non-interventionism here: the culture wars are a political red herring, get the state out of the marriage biz and don’t get played.

That said, Rod Dreher, Joshua Snyder and columnist David Benkof have an arsenal of good quotations, and from people who favour gay weddings, showing what’s wrong with (ab)using the law this way, getting my respect by steering clear of feelings of moral righteousness either way and sticking to boring old rule of law such as constitutional.

The truly liberal liberals respect everybody’s freedom (more) and want the law to do so.

The self-righteousness of the political and religious left leads to this:
Obama has suggested that his criteria would not be fidelity to constitutional text or modesty in the use of judicial power, but rather “what is in the judge’s heart” and “one’s deepest values, one’s core concerns, one’s broader perspectives on how the world works, and the depth and breadth of one’s empathy.”

The kind of tenderness that leads to the gas chamber as mentally tough Catholic writer Flannery O’Connor saw.

I don’t buy tactically voting for McCain to gridlock a Democratic legislature and the Supreme Court: ‘Bush’s third term’ (Obama) and ‘he’d make Cheney look like Gandhi’ (Buchanan). Even if he wins in a fluke (like the Democrats destroying each other or Operation Chaos working) just sit back, say your prayers and wait for a Nixonian quitting of Iraq and this to happen.

P.S. Answering something in the piece quoted by Dreher, here is the ugly truth about Lincoln. Rather like that about Che Guevara.

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