Stuck in the Middle With You

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.

Ay me.


  1. It’s not as if this sort of thing hasn’t happened before. These are just the newest two political parties to do so.

    I figure in the next 8-10 years, another political party will come along that both the people can relate to and the old guard can’t stop, and the vicious cycle will start all over.

  2. Winston Spencer Churchill said, “Democracy is the worst form of government known to man, until you consider all the others.”

    My comment: May we continue to fight political battles with words and seek political consent from the governed. Words, not bullets.

    Will Rogers said, “We have the best Congress money can buy”.

    My comment: Mr. Rogers, the America Dollar doesn’t go as far today as it did in 1935.

  3. I’m assuming you mean the last work of the second sentence to be “liberal”, not “conservative”… I’m with you on this one, we need to get our legislators doing more legislating, and our judges doing less of it.

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