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Archive for January 9th, 2006

Friar Committee to Nowhere

Posted by Mike on January 9, 2006

We began the Axis of Right as a forum to discuss politics or anything else. This will fall under the latter. Hey its our blog. Providence College has organized a committee to review its curriculum. The committee will be led by an all around good guy, the hopelessly liberal Professor William Hudson. In a moment of self parody, Hudson described the initial process: “The focus of the first few meetings will be essentially planning how to plan.” You gotta love liberal efficiency.

I spotted two libs on this committee right off the bat. I’ll be fair though, one of them tolerates dissenting opinion in the classroom. My advice to the committee: 1) Don’t touch Western Civ; 2) forget about your dream of a “diversity requirement”; and, 3) provide strict scrutiny to the Feinstein program. PC should be an abbreviation, not a description of our alma mater.

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Screaming Economy

Posted by Sal on January 9, 2006

The Dow Jones Industrial Average broke 11,000 today. The last time the Dow was at that level was in June of 2001. Another example of how tax cuts help the economy. Bush’s economic policy should be applauded, and further simplification of the tax code should be undertaken. The economy was one of the downplayed stories of 2005, but if the current trends continue, it won’t be able to be downplayed much longer.

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The showdown begins

Posted by Sal on January 9, 2006

Today begins the confirmation hearings of Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court. The left is already going crazy. Sen. Schumer and Sen. Feinstein have both signaled now that a Filibuster is likely, due to Alito’s conservative judicial philosophy. The Republican party better not wimp out this time, and vote for the Constitutional option so that filibusters can no longer be used against judicial nominees. This Supreme Court nominee is probably one of the most critical issues facing the country right now. If someone with as great credentials as Alito is defeated, then the courts will be destined for a generation to be filled with judicial activists who legislate from the bench and interpret the constitution to mean more than it says, which will give is more horribly-reasoned rulings such as Roe v. Wade (abortion), Kelo v. City of New London (Property rights), and other such wrongfully-decided cases.

The problem with judicial activisim is that there ends up being no standard, no boundaries on what the court can say. In Judicial activism, the judges go more by their feelings on particular issues than on the current law and Constitution. In our system of government, it is up to the democratically-elected legislative branch to create and change policy, and the executive branch to enforce the laws created by the legislature. The Judiciary’s role is only to apply the law to cases brought before it, not make up new rights and laws wherever it sees fit. Confirming Judge Alito will be a step into the re-establishment of that standard to the Law.

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Senator Kennedy’s New Book

Posted by Mike on January 9, 2006

I’m still trying to figure out if this article from the AP is a news story or satire. The story gives credit to Kennedy’s dog “Splash” for co-authoring the Senator’s book. Naming your dog “Splash” when you have a past like Senator Kennedy’s takes some nerve. Then the article mentions Kennedy’s program called “Everybody Wins.” I suspect the AP failed to credit Scrappleface.

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