Accumulating Lincoln quotations, Tony Blankley spotlights Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan's dismissal of the inalienable rights of the Declaration of Independence for understanding the Constitution. Will indignant Republican Senators rally around the principles of their Founder? Alas, what makes one think they will this time?
Blankley: "Without those rights, the body of law is a corpse - a soulless, purposeless, manipulable, disposable, dead, material thing. If Ms. Kagan does not know that, then she knows nothing of our law." Again, the same condemnation can be made of politicians of all parties. Moreover, does any law school teach the proper respect for the Declaration of Independence? In that sense, former Harvard Law Dean Kagan has a bipartisan following.
Here's a poignant cinematic reminder of an earlier Brit's Lincolnian devotion to American principles. (Charles Laughton's Ruggles is a British servant won by a Westerner in a poker game abroad.)