After taking a shot at Rick Santorum about the apparent incongruity between his strict constructionist stance and his zeal for federal restrictions on abortions, I was gratified to see that I wasn't the only one to notice. The Volokh Conspiracy, one of the best law-oriented blogs out there, today has a post by David Kopel pointing out that Santorum and four other Republican presidential candidates have signed a pledge that states almost in the same breath that they will appoint strict constructionist justices to the Supreme Court and that they will promote and sign a law that almost certainly would not survive scrutiny by such justices.
…And the lack thereof.
I challenge anyone to provide a reputable source for this supposed quote attributed to GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum:
Abortion in any form is wrong, except for my wife. If your wife's life was at stake and the only thing that could save her was an abortion, well, too bad. Your wife will have to die. It was different with my wife. You see, I love her. I don't even know your wife's name.
From time to time I am reminded of the complete and utter inadequacy of the terms «left» and «right» as they pertain to the realm of political beliefs. Even the Libertarian Party's two-axis Nolan Chart is only a small step in the right direction. This kind categorization oversimplifies opinion about the role of government in a dangerous way that prevents both liberty and progress.
There are more anniversaries today than I originally realized. Thanks to @spacehobo for reminding me. Although we officially celebrate «President's Day» on this coming Monday, once upon a time calendars celebrated Washington's and Lincoln's birthdays separately and on the correct days. Today, quite auspiciously, is the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth.
This means it's also the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln Cent, which was designed and placed into circulation to honor Lincoln's 100th birthday. I have a modest collection of them. I don't quite have one of each, but I do have some key years. The rarer and more expensive ones in my collection tend to be pretty beat up; I think I'm doing pretty well if I can get my hands on a coin so worn the date is barely readable, if the alternative is blowing my rent money. I've paid over 300000% of face value for some, which sounds like a lot more than it is.
It’s a glad day for me. For the first time in my life a man I voted for has taken the office of President of the United States. America has shown a willingness to transcend the prejudice that has poisoned so many chapters of our history. I keep on thinking about how it was less than fifty years ago that people were skeptically whispering, «do you think that America is ready to elect a Catholic President?» Today proves not that America is free of racism (which it isn’t) but that we are able to hold more closely to our ideals than we do to the stories we tell when we second-guess ourselves.