Friday, July 01, 2005

Sorry To See Her Go

I guess Sandra Day O'Connor is retiring from the Supreme Court. What a sad day for the country.

As a conservative who leaned toward reason, moderation, humility and pragmatism, I thought she was one of the best things to happen to the Court.

In spite of the wierd excesses of both the current left and right, we have a national genius for pragmatic moderation. We just have to remember who we are.

Well, here it comes. We'll see if the current administration can stack the court with even more extreme people like Clarence Thomas and Scalia. I hope not.

If so, it's not the end of the world. Americans have "elected" extreme conservative and progressive courts before and we've eventually snapped out of that kind of foolishness.

But in the short run, if we're dumb enough to hand the Supreme Court to ideologues, well, I guess we'll get the Court we deserve.

There is plenty of time to make your voice heard for moderation in the upcoming appointment(s). Write to your Senators and get involved with groups like Sojourners who will encourage a less divisive process that produces moderate and reasonable appointments.

Any new justices appointed by our present rulers will be conservative, but that's not a problem as long as they're reasonable and wise. There's a big difference between a life giving and moderate conservative like Sandra Day O'Connor and an embarrassing and ideological conservative like Clarence Thomas. I'd encourage you to have your say.


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