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Monday, January 16, 2006

"One single object...[will merit] the endless gratitude of the society: that of restraining the judges from usurping legislation." —Thomas Jefferson

"I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.'... I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character... And if America is to be a great nation this must become true." —Martin Luther King, Jr

"[M]y religious belief teaches me to feel as safe in battle as in bed. God has fixed the time for my death. I do not concern myself about that, but to be always ready, no matter when it may overtake me. That is the way all men should live, and then all would be equally brave." —Thomas Stonewall Jackson

"The progressive agenda—lavish social welfare, abortion, secularism, multiculturalism—is collectively the real suicide bomb. Take multiculturalism. The great thing about multiculturalism is that it doesn't involve knowing anything about other cultures—the capital of Bhutan, the principal exports of Malawi, who cares? All it requires is feeling good about other cultures. It's fundamentally a fraud, and I would argue was subliminally accepted on that basis. Most adherents to the idea that all cultures are equal don't want to live in anything but an advanced Western society. Multiculturalism means your kid has to learn some wretched native dirge for the school holiday concert instead of getting to sing 'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer' or that your holistic masseuse uses techniques developed from Native American spirituality, but not that you or anyone you care about should have to live in an African or Native American society. It's a quintessential piece of progressive humbug." —Mark Steyn

"The framers of our Constitution believed that the judicial branch should be removed from politics and that its only goal should be the fair and impartial administration of justice. But in the last few months, the confirmation of a judicial nominee has become a spectacle of misrepresentation and single-issue politics. To allow this unprecedented practice to become the rule would jeopardize the integrity and independence of the American system of justice." —Ronald Reagan

"Republicans shrink government? Not in the past 75 years. At one of his State of the Union speeches, President Bush was applauded after talking about 'spending discipline,' but since he became president, the government has hired a million more people and increased spending more than on President Clinton's watch. It's not just because of terrorism. During Bush's first five years, spending at the Department of Labor was up 31 percent, Agriculture: 38 percent, Education: 81 percent. And the new prescription drug benefit is yet to be counted. Put a politician in power, and he'll take your money and spend it. That's what politicians do. Even Republicans." —John Stossel

"[T]he fact remains that the big debate regarding judges today concerns how much deference they should give to the intent of elected legislatures when interpreting laws. One side, judicial activism, essentially believes that judges should have enormous power to declare what a law should have been, and which laws must not be—based on a careful consideration of their personal beliefs and the beliefs of the other well-connected overeducated urban intellectuals that make up their circle of influence. Also, they may consider foreign law, law trends, stuff that should have been in the Constitution, celebrity opinions, and what they would like to have in their obituary in The New York Times. The other side of the debate, judicial restraint, believes that laws should be written by the democratically elected legislature, and that the job of judges is to interpret these laws faithfully and apply them on a case-by-case basis... In other words, judicial restraint is the belief that voters should choose who makes the law, and judges—no matter how smart or progressive or beneficent or caring or well-intentioned they are—should simply apply law as it is written, unless there is a very compelling conflict with another law." —Mac Johnson

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