Alex's Outlook

Thursday, December 11, 2003

McCain-Feingold

Two years ago or thereabouts, Bush signed McCain-Feingold into law, even though he thought it was bad policy. He no doubt figured that the Supreme Court would strike down the law, or at least curb the outrageous free-speech restrictions within it. Wrong!

Apparently child pornography is free speech, but criticizing a candidate 30 days before a primary or 60 days before a general election doesn't count as free speech.

If there is any one reason to support the Republican Party, it's to gain control of the courts, because the courts are the effective lawmakers of 21st-century America. (It's true that O'Connor was a Reagan appointee, but the traditional conservatives will not tolerate another O'Connor or Souter ever again, and the Republican establishment can't afford to ignore them. The GOP base and establishment have both paid the price of nominating a "moderate.")

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