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Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Judicial Fight Gets Boost

Peter A. Brown of the Orlando Sentinel has a column titled "Here's how Bush may win by losing." Link.

In the long run, those unhappy with (a California judge's decision to legalize gay marriage) may come to view it as a catalyst that advanced their overall agenda — and not just when it comes to same-sex marriage.

Gay-rights proponents may well wonder, as they did after last November's election, whether court victories are worth the political cost.

That's because the decision likely will help President Bush win the upcoming war over judicial confirmations about to engulf Washington, D.C. Such a victory could tilt the national verdict on many issues. (...)

For the most part, Republicans who oppose gay marriage also don't like abortion, tax increases, business regulation, too much government spending, the United Nations and efforts to restrain U.S. power. (...)

Bush will say he wants only judges who will follow the law and let the people decide political questions. He'll dare the Democrats to act like sore losers and question, as he did successfully last fall, whether they have any ideas of their own or are just reflexively against anything the GOP favors. (...)

That's why the ruling in California can't do anything but help confirm the kind of nominees who could help his team's agenda for years to come.

There is a long history of the left pushing too far and forcing the right, especially social conservatives, to fight back even harder. The so-called "Christian Conservatives" used to eschew politics. Their concerns were other-worldly. They did not enter politics to push their beliefs on the rest of the country. They became politically active only after the atheist left forced more and more of their beliefs on the body politic. If the left had been content to force only welfare state policies on the rest of us, there would be no "Christian block" within the Republican Party, and the Democrats would control Congress, where it could legislate spending, tax, regulatory, environmental and redistribution policies, but not morality.

It was the left, not the right, that first legislated (or more precisely judiciated) their version of morality. In doing so, they awoke a "silent majority" that used to stay out of politics but is now probably in it to stay.

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