Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Biden, the Back-and-Forthright Candidate

Hadley Arkes is a ferocious pro-lifer and a legal scholar to boot.  Joe Biden is a twerp, but a political twerp.  Arkes shows us how....

...When Robert Bork was nominated to the Supreme Court in 1987, he had shaped a remarkable record as a professor and a wise jurist, but with a deep dubiety about the natural law. At the infamous hearings over his confirmation, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, was the redoubtable Joseph Biden. Faced with a legal “positivist,” Biden thought he would embarrass Bork by staking out a strong position in natural law:

As a child of God, I believe my rights are not derived from the Constitution. My rights are not derived from any government. My rights are not derived from any majority. My rights are because I exist. They were given to me and each of my fellow citizens by our creator and they represent the essence of human dignity.

Biden was striking this posture because Bork would have been a likely vote in overturning Roe v. Wade. That right to abortion was being treated now by the Left as a species of “natural right.”...
You notice that while Biden thought he was skewering Bork, he made the anti-abortion (and pro-Second Amendment) cases extremely well.

Yah, well, that was then, and this is now....

 ....four years later Biden found himself delivered from his problem. He now had before his Committee, for hearings, Clarence Thomas, who was charged with the offense of taking natural law seriously at times. That new threat to Roe v. Wade marked a change of 180 degrees.

In an op-ed in the Washington Post, Biden warned that if we had judges again who took natural law seriously, we would have a throwback to those reactionary judges who resisted the New Deal in the 1930s, with its regulation of business. We would go back, he said, to the kinds of teachings offered by this Professor Arkes in this preposterous book, First Things....
(Kinda makes you want to order up that book, no?)

Anyhow.  Biden is a blithering idiot; it will be fun to watch him get sliced up by Trump; after all, Biden got his head handed to him by a mere college girl in Iowa, causing Biden to commit assault and battery on the woman.

Meantime, it's worth reviewing Natural Law principles which, after all, are prior to and superior to the Constitution, just as the Founders thought.  Especially review that Second Amendment part.

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