Virginia Postrel is a very intelligent writer and commentator, but she completely missed the mark just now on MSNBC. She said anyone who believes in individual liberty and federalism and separation of powers must side with Michael Schiavo and the court in their insane desire to kill Terri Schiavo.
How, exactly, are these goals met by starving a woman to death? The court ruled. The court is wrong. It would be (not the first) dereliction of duty for the legislature and executive branch not to jump into action.
Just as important as separation of powers, Ms. Postrel, is the idea of checks and balances. The court has overstepped its bounds; the other branches have to step in and make it right.
Though, it saddens and enrages me to say, I’m not confident they’ll be able to do so.