My left-leaning friends look at judges who bar kids from having abortions and claim, “This country is getting more and more conservative.”
My right-leaning friends look at judges who want to remove “under God” from the Pledge of Alleigance and claim, “This country is getting more and more
conservative liberal.” [Thanks to Chris Hubbs for pointing out my gaffe.]
I look at Congress and my state Legislature and see gridlock over openness in government, accountability and ethics charges, and judicial appointments. I say, “The root of our problem is neither that this country is becoming more conservative nor more liberal; the problem is that it gets more polarized, and that’s because legislators—the ones who’re supposed to foment compromise—are forever punting on their legislative duties to bring forth those compromises, and, being scared, leave case law to the judges. Who are judges? Lawyers who like technicalities.”
When the one moderating force in government—legislative compromise—is forever shit-canned, people run to opposite sides and want to play political Red Rover: caucusing on each side, watching for trial balloons to shoot down and tackle.