The Search for Principled Conservatives

Much like SETI and the search for extraterrestrial life, the search for a principled Conservative continues. Ramesh Ponnuru writes at The National Review, Palin and Privacy

Those excerpts from Couric’s interviews give me more concerns about Biden than Palin. He seems to be under the impression that there’s a “liberty clause” in the Fourteenth Amendment (he has talked about it in Supreme Court confirmation hearings too).

If Ramesh had taken 3 seconds he would have found the “liberty clause”

U.S. Constitution: Fourteenth Amendment
Section. 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law…

Examples of court cases in which the 14th has been referred to as the liberty clause here. How the interpreatation of that clause has changed over the years is another matter. The fact remains the 14th has been known by that legal nickname for years. Odd also that a pundit at NR should find that the Constitution has an implied right to privacy.

Rich Lowry writing at The national Review, August 09, 2005, 8:02 a.m.

When the Senate confirmation hearings for Judge John Roberts begin in a few weeks, his Democratic questioners are sure to obsess on something that doesn’t exist: a generalized right to privacy.

Former Republican Senator Rick Santorum at The National Review, July 19, 2005, 7:28 a.m.
Nonetheless, it is in this case that the Court “discovered” a “right to privacy” in the U.S. Constitution. Of course, such a right does not appear anywhere in the text of the Constitution. Rather, the Court’s majority discovered — or invented — such a right from the “emanations” and “penumbras” of rights found in the First, Fourth, Fifth, Ninth, and Fourteenth Amendments.

emphasis mine

Note Santorums use of “emanations” and “penumbras”, said with little bits of spittle flying from clinched jaws. he is referring to Griswold v. Connecticut, which ( hey Sarah write this down) Conservatives hate. In a case related to Griswold and the issue of privacy rights, Poe v. Ullman, Justice John Marshall Harlan II wrote,

“the full scope of the liberty guaranteed by the Due Process Clause cannot be found in or limited by the precise terms of the specific guarantees elsewhere provided in the Constitution. This ‘liberty’ is not a series of isolated points pricked out in terms of the taking of property; the freedom of speech, press, and religion; the right to keep and bear arms; the freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures; and so on. It is a rational continuum which, broadly speaking, includes a freedom from all substantial arbitrary impositions and purposeless restraints.”

For those that haven’t heard Conservative Republican columnist Kathleen Parker wrote a piece for, what else, The National Review that expressed her general disapproval of Sarah Palin as the Republican VP candidate. M’s Parker suddenly finds that there are Conservatives that don’t discuss such disagreements over cocktails at the club, they send mail, The Omen In My Mail

Allow me to introduce myself. I am a traitor and an idiot. Also, my mother should have aborted me and left me in a dumpster, but since she didn’t, I should “off” myself.

Those are a few nuggets randomly selected from thousands of e-mails written in response to my column suggesting that Sarah Palin is out of her league and should step down.

Who says public discourse hasn’t deteriorated?

The fierce reaction to my column has been both bracing and enlightening. After 20 years of column writing, I’m familiar with angry mail. But the past few days have produced responses of a different order. Not just angry, but vicious and threatening.

No one from any political persuasion should be writing such emails about any issue, ever. Death threats as such are not covered by free speech or are way past the you’re an assclown level of mail. Its curious that Michelle Malkin’s response is hey Kathy get over it, Columnist needs lesson on what “Stalinist” tactics are By Michelle Malkin  •  October 1, 2008 03:13 PM

Palin-bashing columnist Kathleen Parker received some nasty e-mails. Now, she’s accusing conservatives who didn’t like her attack on Sarah of engaging in Stalinist tactics…

And let’s get something straight: Sending rough e-mails isn’t “Stalinist.”

Emails that entail the use of intimidation by way of death threats  can be rightly described as Stalinist among other things. Parker didn’t accuse all Conservatives who disagreed of using such tactics only those that were vicious. A rough email would be of the you’re a so and so and I disagree variety. The ones Parker referenced clearly crossed that line. I don’t know if Parker is a principled Conservative, but Malkin clearly is not.

Make-Believe Maverick A closer look at the life and career of John McCain reveals a disturbing record of recklessness and dishonesty

* Dramesi, who went on to serve as chief war planner for U.S. Air Forces in Europe and commander of a wing of the Strategic Air Command, was not surprised. “McCain says his life changed while he was in Vietnam, and he is now a different man,” Dramesi says today. “But he’s still the undisciplined, spoiled brat that he was when he went in.”

* “Let’s face it,” says Larry Wilkerson, a retired Army colonel who served as chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell. “John McCain made his reputation on the fact that he doesn’t bend his principles for politics. That’s just not true.”

* Intent on winning the presidency at all costs, he has reassembled the very team that so viciously smeared him and his family eight years ago, selecting as his running mate a born-again moose hunter whose only qualification for office is her ability to electrify Rove’s base.

* “John has made a pact with the devil,” says Lincoln Chafee, the former GOP senator, who has been appalled at his one-time colleague’s readiness to sacrifice principle for power. Chafee and McCain were the only Republicans to vote against the Bush tax cuts.

A good many Democratic blogs, including this one took up for McCain against attacks by the Cult of Bush. Maybe our vision was blurred by sympathy since this election has made us take a closer look at his record and the parallels to Bush are remarkable. I remember reading this post from the Talent Show back in 05′ and thinking then that the honorable moderate image that he always seemed to be selling on the morning news programs ( he has to have set some kind of record for appearances) didn’t match his voting record. McCain a principled Conservative? Only in his own mind.

Squandered victory, British envoy says mission in Afghanistan is doomed, according to leaked memo

The Politics of the Bailout Bill. Interesting how much coming up for re-election affected Republican votes. That would be the principle of the ballot box.

The most effective anti-Palin ad

The most effective anti-Palin ad out there might be the Defenders of Wildlife’s multi-state, millon-dollar-plus spot on the governor’s aerial wolf-hunting activities.

This doesn’t seem to bother Palin’s supporters. Which might partly explain the tone of Parker’s email.

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