To a HHappy and PPPeaceful New Year
At Boalt, I hope everyone gets the grades they hoped to get. Kidding aside, I seriously do hope that in the upcoming year Boalt becomes a better place to study law for the sake of its current and future students. 2006 promises a reading room with noise levels below that of a shuttle launch. The rest of the stuff has been adequately outlined by the Dean. I just hope those ideas get shifted into operational status from the planning stage. And I don't mean to sound like an ingrate. This school is blessed with things that almost every other law school (with the exception of about 5 or 6 law schools) could only dream about. For the Class of 2007, during the following year, we will move that much closer to becoming members of the bar. Scary huh. Nine and a half years ago I entered high school scared of changing in the locker rooms. In another year and a half I might represent some of my classmates.
On the global scale, I hope there's a secret weapon the Democrats will unleash in aught six. I don't understand how something like the NSA scandal can shift in focus so quickly to those patriots who leaked information about this program to the press whose freedom is guaranteed to serve precisely this purpose. If CNN wants to improve its ratings, it should adopt a new format, instead of hiring Bill Bennet. The network should take a cue from Fox News circa 1995-2001 and serve as the watchdog network of the Bush Admin. Screw access to the White House. As the ratings sore, watch MSNBC suddenly shift its focus as well.
I also hope the media continues to cover disasters, both natural and human. If there is any silver lining to Katrina, the Kashmir Earthquake, the Tsunami, Darfur, etc., it's that it shook the conscience of anyone who's too complacent and secure in his/her very existence. For all the opposition to Darwin's theory of evolution, conservatives sure seem to be in favor of social Darwinism. Survival of the fittest...but only in the present tense. But much like other firm conservative beliefs (such as sending the nation to war to topple a world leader you kinda don't like), this social Darwinist theory falls apart as soon as any light is shed on it. Oh, it's bad when we don't help out when a State lacking in resources is hit by a devastating Hurricane? Crap, let's spend spend spend to look good but then cut other programs that aren't getting as much press coverage. This is my long-winded way of saying that Democrats need to seize on this and emphasize the absence of compassion from compassionate conservatism. See, e.g., House measure to criminalize assistance to undocumented aliens. That's right folks, if you're doing CARC, you could go to federal pen. Compassion for your fellow man? WWJD?
Happy New Year.