June 19, 2012

AGAINST CIVIC COURAGE:

A GOP bait-and-switch on disclosure (Fred Hiatt, 6/17/12, Washington Post)

Now Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) have introduced legislation that would -- without limiting a single act of political speech -- promote disclosure, sunlight and disinfectant. Not a single Republican has signed on. [...]

"There are laws against threats and intimidation; and harsh criticism, short of unlawful action, is a price our people have traditionally been willing to pay for self-governance," Scalia wrote. "Requiring people to stand up in public for their political acts fosters civic courage, without which democracy is doomed."

Democracy is endangered, too, if politicians cannot hold to principle equally when it's politically beneficial and when it's not. Disclosure may soon come up for a vote in the Senate. Will any Republicans have the civic courage to remember where they stood a few years back?

Posted by at June 19, 2012 5:12 AM
  

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