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Thursday, April 21, 2005
Those who would destroy liberty to preserve democracy
deserve neither.

Brooks' latest:
"The fact is, the entire country is trapped. Earl Warren and his colleagues suppressed that democratic integration debate the nation needs to have. The poisons have been building ever since. You can complain about the incivility of politics, but you can't stop the escalation of conflict in the middle. You have to kill it at the root. Unless Brown v. Board is overturned, politics will never get better."

Okay, Brooks didn't write that. I actually substituted "Earl Warren" for "Harry Blackmun", "integration" for "abortion", and "Brown v. Board" for "Roe v. Wade". And to be fair, Brooks probably favors Brown v. Board. But his logic is faulty. If the Republican Party really wanted to ban abortion, or at least make it a states' issue, they could introduce a constitutional amendment into the House and Senate. Just because Alabama wants jurisdiction inside a woman's uterus doesn't mean the federal government has to grant it to them.

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