Monday, October 31, 2005

Conservatives, Make Ready Your Fainting Couches

I agree with Andrew Sullivan that, in the end, looking at the results of someone's judicial decisions instead of the reasoning that got him to that decision really is utterly pointless. As old Sully puts it, "What matters is not the result of someone's decisions, but the reasoning that led to them." Now, of course, I don't completely agree with this. Obviously, the results matter. But look at this stuff from the American Progress Action Fund. "Alito would overturn Roe v. Wade"; "Alito would allow race-based discrimination"; etc. It's clear that they're basing this on the position he ended up holding. Fine, but what I need to know is how he got to that position. There's a big difference between "Alito would overturn Roe v. Wade and I know it because he doesn't rule pro-abortion every chance he gets" and "Alito would overturn Roe v. Wade because, as you can see from the wording of this ruling, he doesn't think there's any constitutional right to privacy." One is alarmist hand-wringing and the other is a reason that people can rally behind. Maybe it's the weather, but I'm just disgruntled with the Democratic party today. They just assume that they can continue to rally the Left behind them because the alternative sucks so much. And, I guess that the disgusting truth is that they can. But I wish they'd treat me like a god-damned grown up and give me some well-reasoned reasons to dislike a guy I'm clearly ready to dislike, rather than hauling out my issues like little flags they wave to rally the troops behind.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I very firmly believe that the major reason Bush won was because most people thought the alternative sucked more. (Some of those voters may have changed their mind in retrospect, but fat lot of good that does now.)

They may be rallying the left, but mostly it's only the far left. My problem with the Dems has been that they were too wishy washy with Kerry, and now they've decide to make up for it by going to the other extreme.

It seems like both major parties are becoming polarized at extreme ends of the spectrum. I think both parties are going to be shedding moderates right and left. I didn't follow the Meirs business too closely, but it seems to be a good example. She was condemned by both sides because she didn't take a stand either liked. I admire a person that can take a stand, but being condemned by both sides really gets old.


10/31/2005 01:24:00 PM  
Blogger Aunt B said...

My problems with the Dems really has to do with my belief that they think people are idiots. I am a thoughtful, educated person. Speak to me as such and I will respond positively.

I don't think they're nearly far enough to the Left, because, in the end, they want to keep their jobs.

Which brings me right back to my belief that you should have Congress duty the same way you have jury duty.

Register to vote and you might end up legislating.

That'd be awesome.

10/31/2005 04:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Penny said...

Thank you, Aunt B, this was exactly what I've been feeling the last couple of days but hadn't been able to articulate.

11/01/2005 12:12:00 PM  

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