By Alan Bean
Over at Talk To Action, Rob Boston gives Newt Gingrich a stern caning for wanting to make the judiciary the lap dog of Congress. It is hard for all of us to live with judicial opinions that vary considerably from our vision of the good; but that’s just part of living in a constitutional democracy. It is also hard to abide presidential priorities different from our own, and, if we support the sitting president, it’s tough to watch a recalcitrant Congress derail good policy. But again, that’s part of the American experience. The only alternative, as Mr. Boston suggests, is to scuttle our entire system of government.
Friends of Justice wants to throw a monkey wrench into the machinery of mass incarceration, but the criminal justice reform movement won’t succeed until we change the climate of opinion. Only when the electorate is clearly on the side of change will politicians opt for sane alternatives to the wholesale warehousing of humankind. No one can undo the errors of others (real or imagined) by executive fiat; we must work within the system we have inherited, warts and all.
American style democracy ain’t perfect, Lord knows, but true conservatives like Winston Churchill appreciate the miracle of an abiding political consensus to which all parties willingly submit even when they hate the results the system is producing.
By Rob Boston
It is my sad duty today to give yet another basic civics lesson to the far right. (more…)