Blogs for Bush blogged That was how Bismarck described his successes at a statesman; he listened for the footsteps of God and grabbed hold of His hem. Meaning, of course, that he watched carefully for the natural course of events and then hopped on for the ride. It was, of course, much more than that - especially in politics, things don't just happen; but yesterday's Supreme Court decision allowing States and localities to take private property from one citizen and transfer it to another is a godsend for the conservative case for judicial reform.
Mark makes a VERY GOOD POINT, and we are fortunate to have a president that not only listens for the footsteps of God, but who also has a personal relationship with HimInherent in any political problem is the need to personalise it to the people at large - if the people don't feel personally involved in the problem, they'll give scant attention. Usually, Court decisions don't have an immediate affect upon the people - its just another arcane ruling and what has it got to do with me? But this case is different - at bottom, it is taking some people's houses (their home, sweet homes) and handing them over to other people who allegedly will make better use of it. As Justice O'Connor put it in her dissent, there is now no property in the United States which cannot be taken by a government entity - everyone's home/business/farm may be taken if the political powers that be, heavily influenced the the recipients of the taken property, decide that someone else can make better use of it. After all is said and done, this ruling essentially destroys the right to own property in the United States - it is now conditional upon our using said property in a government-approved manner.
Even better for us on the right, the decision was rendered with the four most liberal Justices in favor - while the three most conservative dissented. This is a left/right judicial issue which we can bring home to the American people and make them understand that getting conservative Justices is not just another political battle in DC, but a fight to protect our rights as Americans.