May 13, 2010
The battle for the ideological soul of the Supreme Court continues. President Obama's nomination of progressive Elena Kagan is another shot in that war.
Kagan once embraced socialism. She tried to bar military recruiters from Harvard when she was law school dean because of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy. She has little real world experience.
Kagan is a legal theoretician, but Democrats have the votes in Congress and she will most likely be confirmed, barring anything outrageous that might be discovered.
The problem is we are losing our sense of where the law comes from and its purpose. The idea of law comes from the mind of God, who first gave the law in his Ten Commandments. Law is meant to restrain the lawless in order that a relatively peaceful and livable society might be created. But modern liberals believe the law should serve their political ends. That's where the conflict is and the elevation of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court will perpetuate that conflict for many years to come.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.