Sunday, March 06, 2005

Wrong on All Counts

Wrong on All Counts is George Will's typically brilliant attack on the recent Supreme Court decision barring -- as unconstitutional, not as wrong -- the execution of criminals whose crimes were committed before they turned eighteen. Not seventeen-and-three-quarters, eighteen. Not eighteen-in-maturity-as-demonstrated-on-a-test, eighteen. The criticism, while perfect, is also perfectly obvious. And by that I mean absolutely no disrespect for Will who, after William F. Buckley, can think like no other public intellectual. So. What are the questions that the bright lights of conservatism can't answer? I put it to you that the answer is "There are none." Except, maybe, one. How are we going to turn America around and return to the glorious, fabulous Fifties? How are we going to undo decades of abuse?

Saturday, March 05, 2005

Byrd Droppings

This article makes much of the fact that Robert "KKK" Byrd is a hypocrite for having advocated the elimination of Senate rules when is suited him. Others have argued that the filibuster is a special anti-government weapon that should not be abandoned by conservatives. How about: the majority of the legislative body should act majoritarian-ly and do the things that it perceives as a mandate. It the legislative body is right, the voters will reward it. If wrong, well, try, try again. The filibuster of judges is far too easy to dispatch to have achieved such angst. Kill it. If it's wrong to kill it, retrench after the next election. More likely, the voters will do whatever they are wont to do in 2006 without much attention to the filibuster. Now, if it were a Supreme Court justice, then maybe we'd have something to talk about.