Saturday, March 19, 2005

The Erosion of Local Control

Congress has acted in the Schiavo case. While I applaud the action of the national legislature in this specific case, I lament that Congressional power was necessary to fill the void left by the State of Florida's in/misactions in this case. There is an old legal saying that hard cases make bad law. I fear that this may be true here: conservatives have spent decades trying to get the Federal Government out of local matters; now conservatives, pursuing an undeniably just cause, have allowed the camel's nose under the tent flap. Who's to say where this will end. At it's worst, it could result in the end of the concept of sovereign U.S. states once and for all.

All because one state chose to abdicate its role as protector of the innocent and helpless .

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