So just a few minutes ago I was having a conversation with a very conservative Republican colleague about immigration and the Arizona law. I agree on virtually nothing with this colleague, but always like to hear his views. but then he said something that would have made me go ballistic if I hadn’t been able to control myself.
“The problem if we don’t enforce immigration statutes,” he told me, “is that it breeds disrespect for the rule of law.”
To which there is a simple two-word answer: John Yoo.
Seriously, the same people now talking about the rule of law, ran roughshod over decades of settled opinions concerning torture, concerning the separation of powers, concerning search and seizure, concerning, well, just about anything if it stood in their way, and they are now lecturing us on the rule of law?
I realize that hypocrisy is the tribute that vice pays to virtue, but this tribute is a little too high — which makes it rancid.