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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Canadian Rules

A small town in Quebec, Hérouxville, has taken a stand against Dhimmitude, and bravo for them. The town council has put its stamp on some basic rules of behavior expected of those who live there. The National Post reports in the cynically titled article, Welcome! Leave your customs at the door:
Among the information the municipality asks federal and provincial officials to distribute to potential immigrants:- It is forbidden to stone women, burn them alive, throw acid on them or circumcise girls.- Consumption of alcohol is common in Herouxville, as is dancing. "At the end of every year, we decorate a tree with balls and tinsel and some lights. This is normally called 'Christmas decorations' or also 'Christmas tree.' "- Boys and girls swim together in public pools.
Of course "circumcise" is not really an accurate term for the practice being prohibited: genital mutalation of girls, a forbidden, but all too common practice in Europe's immigrant populations these days.

Not surprisingly, the good folks of Hérouxville are being derided by the cultural elite for being so gauche as to bring up these uncomfortable cultural differences with some immigrant groups. Interestingly, the only examples cited are some recent accomodations to Hasidic Jews on segregation of the sexes. Could the problems be with the many Chinese immigrants to Canada in recent years? American emigres fleeing Chimpy McBusHitler?

One searches in vain for any mention at all in the National Post article of Muslims or Islam, and therein lies a big part of the problem. These are obviously the immigrants that are practicing the problematic behaviors, but the Post won't even say so. It's not multiculturally correct to point out that some cultures are strictly better than others. Some lead to wealth and progress. Others lead to stagnation and a perpetual dark age. Ideas do have consequences. If no value judgments can be made or even discussed, how will multiculturalism as an "ideal" ever solve anything?

Contrary to the howls of the critics this is not racism at all. For one thing Muslims are not a "race." Andre Drouin of the Hérouxville town council explains:
"We are not racists. We invite people from all nationalities, all languages, all sexual orientations, whatever, to come live with us, but we want them to know ahead of time how we live."
It's just good sense, like the DVD about life in Holland that the Dutch made for potential immigrants. Come to think of it, the Multiculture Police didn't like that one either...

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Our Favorite Justice

As much as we admire Justice Scalia, Justice Clarence Thomas has long been our favorite on the SCOTUS. He is the true libertarian voice of the court, and he sticks strongly to his princples. In these days when judges are encouraged to manipulate their interpretations of the laws and the Constitution to achieve the desired (i.e. "progressive") result, Justice Thomas's "originalism" (the idea that the Constitution actually means what it says) is a welcome difference.

A free-thinking black man is a deadly thing for the liberal-left plantation owners, so he was attacked viciously, and absurdly in our view, during his confirmation hearings. These attacks persist to this day, although the form is different. Racist wags have tried to portray Thomas as Justice Scalia's poodle, lacking any views of his own. Senator Harry Reid claimed that some of Justice Thomas's legal opinions were "poorly written." Reid doesn't have the intellectual depth to carry Justice Thomas's legal pads.

We were very pleased to read an excellent article on Justice Thomas in last week's Wall Street Journal, which has now been reprinted on the free OpinionJournal web site. Far from being a Scalia echo, Thomas has had a major impact on the SCOTUS:
Consider a criminal case argued during Justice Thomas's first week. It concerned a thief's effort to get out of a Louisiana mental institution and the state's desire to keep him there. Eight justices voted to side with the thief. Justice Thomas dissented, arguing that although it "may make eminent sense as a policy matter" to let the criminal out of the mental institution, nothing in the Constitution required "the states to conform to the policy preferences of federal judges."

After he sent his dissenting opinion to the other justices, as is custom, Justices Rehnquist, Scalia and Kennedy changed their votes. The case ended up 5-4.
Justice Thomas's dissents persuaded Justice Scalia to change his mind several times that year. Even in Hudson v. McMillan, the case that prompted the New York Times to infamously label Justice Thomas the "youngest, cruelest justice," he was again, initially, the lone dissenter. Justice Scalia changed his vote after he read Justice Thomas's dissent, which said a prison inmate beaten by guards had several options for redress--but not under the Eighth Amendment's prohibition of "cruel and unusual punishment."

From the beginning, Justice Thomas was an independent voice. His brutal confirmation hearings only enforced his autonomy, making him impervious to criticism from the media and liberal law professors. He'd told his story, and no one listened. From then on, he did not care what they said about him.
He got Kelo right, too, God bless him. Read the rest of the story.