Friday, August 29, 2008

True conservatism (Sarah Palin)
In the first veto of an administration that isn't yet a month old, Palin said she rejected the bill despite her disagreement with a state Supreme Court order earlier this month that directed the state to offer benefits to same-sex partners of state employees.

Advice from her new attorney general said the bill passed by the Legislature was unconstitutional, she said.

"Signing this bill would be in direct violation of my oath of office," Palin said in a prepared statement released by her administration Thursday night.

Yay for Sarah Palin. I don't know the terms of the bill or whether it was or was not unconstitutional, but here she's showing 1.) character, in not letting personal distaste trump the rule of law as she understands it (liberals claim that conservatives support "activist judges" as long as they are active in service of conservatism, but they're wrong), 2.) awareness that defending the Constitution is the responsibility and prerogative of all three branches of government, not just the courts. (And if the government will not defend the Consitution, that duty devolves upon the people themselves.)
"The presentation or 'gift' of the Holy Ghost simply confers upon a man the right to receive at any time, when he is worthy of it and desires it, the power and light of truth of the Holy Ghost, although he may often be left to his own spirit and judgment." --Joseph F. Smith (manual, p. 69)
Be pretty if you are,
Be witty if you can,
But be cheerful if it kills you.

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