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Ann Coulter has a rip-roaring column up, arguing that the social issues are winners for conservatives even though the media and the establishment insist they’re not. It’s worth reading, and I suspect she’s about 80 percent right. But I can’t help thinking that the black/white, yes/no nature of media debate militates against wisdom in these matters. Should gays be allowed to marry or not? Should abortion be legal or not? Should there be prayer in school or not? The left always plays these issues as matters of freedom and equality, the right as questions of morality and strong communities. Am I alone in feeling caught in the middle?
What I want, in all of these issues, is liberty. I want our representatives to decide these things, not our judges; I want them decided locally not federally; and I want them subject to change by referendum – by voting the bums out and bringing in new bums to make new laws. This system works. Its failure to defeat Jim Crow is anomalous – a hard case that makes bad law. Racial rights should not serve as the model for every argument that follows. The Constitution should.
The question, as Thomas Sowell is always reminding us, is not right or wrong – it’s who decides? It ought to be the people’s representatives in their communities. Is anyone running on that platform, I wonder?