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   Right's Wrong Turn - Once in power, U.S. conservatives failed to place freedom first

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5/10/2004 12:00 am

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Los Angeles Times

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Entered 5/10/2004, Updated 5/10/2004

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there are disturbing signs that conservatism has lost its way in the years since Goldwater argued that the most important question to ask of any public policy proposal was whether it maximized freedom. When Judge Robert H. Bork, ostensibly a conservative, was nominated for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, he criticized activist judges for creating rights not granted by the Constitution. Amazingly, many conservatives supported Bork's nomination. In Goldwater's time, not a few would have risen to challenge the judge and point out to him that it is not the Constitution that grants rights but rather that all rights belong to, and remain with, the people unless specifically ceded to the federal government. Over the years, "strict construction" has lost its meaning for conservatives, who have apparently forgotten the essential focus of the Constitution they once worshipped.


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