Tucson, AZ.  This Arizona Daily Star paragraph greeted me as I began the annual family vacation in Tucson.  Rather than offering full commentary, I shall just provide the offending remark along with the despairing observation that it is intended to exemplify not poor logic (though it does that) but the mendacious logic that liberalism has used to advance its slow march toward the ruin of civilization:

Stephen Dichter, a Phoenix-based attorney with Christian, Dichter and Sluga,  agreed with Feinstein that the article should not be an issue because a circuit  judge’s job is to apply the Constitution.

“As a 9th Circuit judge, he’s bound to enforce them (the laws) even though he  may not personally believe in them,” Dichter said. “We’re a country of laws, not  of men and women, and Roe v. Wade is the law of the country. Andrew Hurwitz is a  fabulous lawyer and has been a fabulous justice on the Arizona Supreme Court.  He’s a brilliant man.”

Is there an equivocation on the word “judge” here?

You can read the full article here, whose coverage of Sen. John Kyl offers further evidence that the Republican Party is as complicit in the continuing slaughter of unborn children in our country as the Party of Aquarius is.  I am sure God will understand the importance of filling judicial vacancies even with the rationalizers of systematic abortion: after all, justice should never be denied, except, of course, to the weak and innocent.

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James Matthew Wilson
James Matthew Wilson is Associate Professor in the Department of Humanities and Augustinian Traditions at Villanova University. An award-winning scholar of philosophical-theology and literature, he has authored dozens of essays, articles, and reviews on subjects ranging from art, ethics, and politics, to meter and poetic form, from the importance of local culture to the nature of truth, goodness, and beauty. Wilson is also a poet and critic of contemporary poetry, whose work appears regularly in such magazines and journals as First Things, Modern Age, The New Criterion, Dappled Things, Measure, The Weekly Standard, Front Porch Republic, The Raintown Review, and The American Conservative. He has published five books, including most recently, a collection of poems, Some Permanent Things and a monograph, The Catholic Imagination in Modern American Poetry (both Wiseblood Books, 2014). Raised in the Great Lakes State, baptised in the parish of St. Thomas Aquinas, seasoned by summers on Lake Wawasee (Indiana), and educated under the Golden Dome, Wilson is scion of a family of Hoosiers dating back to the early nineteenth century, and an offspring of Southside Chicago Poles whose tavern kept the city wet through the Depression (and prohibition) years.  He now lives under the same sentence of reluctant exile as many another native son of the Midwest, but has dug himself in for good on the margins of the Main Line in Pennsylvania with his beautiful wife, dangerous daughter, and saintly sons. For information on Wilson's scholarship and a selection of his published work, click here. See books written and recommended by James Matthew Wilson.


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