Sunday, June 26, 2005

A picture of the judicial left and of the values endorsed by power

This may be interesting. It is a list of the members of the Coalition for a Fair and Balanced Judiciary. I provide it to show what sort of advocacy groups on the left are weighing in on judicial issues. It is not fully comprehensive, but my sense is, it's not far from comprehensive either. The one advocacy community perhaps under-represented, though certainly present, is the one dedicated to the virtues of judicial and democratic process, over and beyond questions of policy substance (we are one such group). My impression is that right now there tend to be more of these groups on the left than the right. The reason, I think, is that people, whose right-wing sympathies trump procedural concerns, are naturally happy to see the government endorse their perspectives, even when that comes at the cost of balance and the diminishingly fair representation of the full spectrum of political values of the American people.

A particular version of right-wing ideology has indeed come to dominate the government. People who endorse that ideology would be undermining what they hope to acheive, if they advocated in favor of democratic process over anti-democratic domination. When one ideological faction dominates government, it is to be expected that members of that community will support the domination. Certainly, if left wingnuts controlled all the branches of American government, their supporters would be silent on the problems that fact caused for American democracy. Indeed, the Heritage Foundation is quite capable of making principled stands on the importance of democratic process; only, it won't do so until those stands support its home team. This all is well illustrated by the filibuster controversy. This year Republicans have made specious constitutional arguments in favor of abolishing the filibuster. As little as five years ago, the Democrats wanted to abolish the filibuster and Republicans wanted to preserve it. The sole difference being, of course, that Clinton was president then and not Bush.

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