March 2, 2005

"like-minded foreigners"

Justice Scalia:

The Court thus proclaims itself sole arbiter of our Nation's moral standards--and in the course of discharging that awesome responsibility purports to take guidance from the views of foreign courts and legislatures. Because I do not believe that the meaning of our Eighth Amendment, any more than the meaning of other provisions of our Constitution, should be determined by the subjective views of five Members of this Court and like-minded foreigners, I dissent...

(Thanks to Powerline, where good posts on the subject can be found)

The concurring justices cite European opinion for exactly the same reason our reactionaries are desperate to pretend that Europeans are still our allies and elders. Because those "opinions" are untainted by the masses. The ordinary people don't get a vote...if they did many European countries would probably also have the death penalty.

(The reactionaries are also pretending Germany or France are still our allies because they are terrified of change. They grew up in a world where their opinions were the norm, and so they've never had to formulate a political philosophy. They never thought about their ideas, just picked them up as attitudes. Now a changing world has left them all at sea. They grew up with the Atlantic Alliance and never questioned it. Actually, through most of our history our relations with the European powers has ranged from prickly to hostile.)

One the same subject, I have to say I disagree with the Pope that support of the death penalty is part of the "culture of death." I think it's the opposite. Most of those who oppose the death penalty do so because they no longer believe in our laws and morality and tradition enough to be willing to enforce them with the ultimate penalty. They don't think there's any right or wrong.

They tend to be the SAME people who also support abortion and embryonic stem-cell research. Oppose it because they don't care to defend life--the lives of murder victims, the lives of those whose neighborhoods are devastated by crime and lawlessness, the lives of old people who are afraid to go outside. And the lives of those many people who find existence meaningless--a problem which is reinforced by governments who won't take stern action to enforce our beliefs and traditions.

Posted by John Weidner at March 2, 2005 8:57 AM
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