One of the favorite charges leveled at Conservative appointments for the federal courts and cabinet is the claim by Liberal Democrat Senators that because the "laws" [read: the decrees of courts] about abortion conflict with the nominee's personal beliefs, they cannot be trusted to enforce the laws. John Ashcroft, David Pryor, Priscilla Owen and others have been subjected to these accusations, notwithstanding that no evidence for the charge exists in any of their public records.
So, why do Liberals think that Conservatives will disregard the rule of law and use offices of trust to foist their own opinions upon an unwilling public? One explanation is that Liberals don't believe it, but the charge comprises an effective slander and excuse for blocking the nominations of Conservatives. The other explanation is that Liberals assume that Conservatives are just like them. For half a century Liberal judges - and most recently Liberal elected executive officials - have been ignoring the laws enacted by the People's elected representatives to force unpopular changes to society, such as legalizing abortion, purging prayer from the schools, forced busing, racial quotas, taxpayer funding of illegal immigrants' health and education, and lately same-sex marriage.
Now that a procession of mayors, county clerks and state courts are flouting the duly enacted laws of several states to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples, it is interesting, though not surprising, that there is no outcry from the Liberal groups and their Senate Judiciary Committee Democrat lap-dogs who supposedly wring their hands over the prospect of a public official disdaining the laws in deference to contrary personal beliefs.