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Friday, May 13, 2005  

On the merry-go-round

Thus far we have had a municipal court judge in San Francisco rule that California's marriage law in unconstitutional, the Supreme Court in Massachusetts ruled that state law unconstitutional, and now a federal judge in Nebraska rules that state law federally unconsitutional.

Is there a pattern here?

In a way, one can say this is good news. It makes a federal amendment defining marriage an imperative while it creates a furor in ordinary people for reform of the judiciary. It sinks the Democrats for many years to come as the homosexual party, the anti-democracy party, anti-religion party, and the hate the people party.

Yet, pessimist as I am on culture and politics, it would be difficult to imagine that judicial reform would include mechanisms to get bad judges off the bench more easily. Or for the Congress pass laws restricting judicial review of its laws.

There will be a powerful backlash, and some action will come of it, but it will probably be too little, too late since Republicans don't seem to know what to do with power when they have it. They don't seem to want to do anything forceful or determined. They always seem to lack the courage of their convictions.

Don't ask me why. I haven't been a registered Republican all that long.

posted by Mark Butterworth | 11:02 AM |