Documentary evidence for my point of view:
As the nation prepares to watch the presidential candidates debate foreign policy issues, a new PIPA-Knowledge Networks poll finds that Americans who plan to vote for President Bush have many incorrect assumptions about his foreign policy positions. Kerry supporters, on the other hand, are largely accurate in their assessments. The uncommitted also tend to misperceive Bush’s positions, though to a smaller extent than Bush supporters, and to perceive Kerry’s positions correctly. Steven Kull, director of PIPA, comments: “What is striking is that even after nearly four years President Bush’s foreign policy positions are so widely misread, while Senator Kerry, who is relatively new to the public and reputed to be unclear about his positions, is read correctly.” (emphasis mine)
Stupid, Ignorant or Hypocritical. You heard it here first.
(On an unrelated note: This is the 600th entry since I switched over to Movable Type. Yay, me.)
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia says he believes “abstract moralizing” has led the American judicial system into a quagmire, and that matters such as abortion and assisted suicide are “too fundamental” to be resolved by judges.
“What I am questioning is the propriety, indeed the sanity, of having value-laden decisions such as these made for the entire society … by judges,” Scalia said on Tuesday during an appearance at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
— “Scalia: Abortion ‘too fundamental’ for judges” 9/29/04
Well, excellent. I invite Antonin Scalia to philosophically back up this contention by recusing himself the next time abortion or assisted suicide comes up in front of the Supreme Court.
A show of hands of everyone who thinks he will. No rush.
For the edification of all, let me give my estimation of Judge Scalia’s thinking on what matters are too “fundamental” for the courts:
Scalia personally supports it: Not too fundamental.
Scalia doesn’t personally support it: Waaaay too fundamental.
Now, personally, I think picking a president for the nation is probably a task too fundamental for the courts, but I don’t recall Scalia exactly rushing to the moral barricades on that one.
Note to self: If ever President, remember not to nominate to the Supreme Court someone who has such clear contempt for the American federal system.