Thursday, September 10, 2015

Really good editorial comments from this morning's Daily Star

George Will on Donald Trump. Wow. I actually agree with George Will.

Donald Trump, whose promises are probably as malleable as his principles, promises to support the Republican nominee. Some of his rivals for the nomination, disoriented by their fear and envy of him, are making the GOP seem like the party of boneless wonders.

The difference is that I would change "are making the GOP seem like" to "have made the GOP into".

Some [Republican candidates], who lament how illegal immigrants damage the rule of law, have found a heroine in Kentucky. A county clerk, whose devotion to her faith is not stronger than her desire to keep her paycheck, chose jail rather than resignation when confronted with having to comply with the U.S. Supreme Court and the Constitution regarding same-sex marriage. Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul, Bobby Jindal and Scott Walker think her religious freedom is being trampled.

So does Ted Cruz, who surely knows better. He clerked for Chief Justice William Rehnquist and must remember the 1892 case in which a Massachusetts policeman claimed that rules restricting political activity by police violated his constitutional rights. Rejecting this claim, Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court wrote that the officer "may have a constitutional right to talk politics, but he has no constitutional right to be a policeman."

Case closed on Kim Davis. Should be, but probably won't be for a while. Back to Trump's lies.

Recently Trump told MSNBC that, after his speech the day before, "The CNN reporter said it was the single greatest political speech she’s ever heard." Asked which reporter, he said: "I don’t know her name. But she was wearing a beautiful red dress."

National Review’s Jim Geraghty reports that CNN says neither of its correspondents at the Trump event wore red.

Sarah Gerracht Gassen on Kim Davis, the KY county clerk that refused to issue marriage licenses. We should focus on her deputy clerks who are doing the job.

Let’s celebrate these Americans. Let’s recognize the people of deep faith, and those of no organized religion, who put their responsibility to others, to their work and to the law above their own comfort.

Let’s talk about people who still value the separation of church and state. Let’s honor those who have enough sense of history and humility to not make, as Huckabee has done, reflexive comparisons between an act of religious-fueled intolerance and the good work of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Our nation is diverse and complex — it’s why we persist. For the United States, a nation built on ideas, to exist Americans must simultaneously value the individual religious beliefs that can push us apart and the common threads of secular civil society that pull us together.

It takes strength of faith to recognize that your beliefs may be held dear and true in your heart, but that your beliefs are only that — yours.

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