When bad things happen, it's only natural to think they're bad. After all, if they weren't bad, they'd be good – and you'd think they were good, not bad, and you might be right. Or, you might be wrong. Because things aren't always what they seem. Even when they are, you can't count on them staying that way.
Why are Americans still talking about slavery? Yes, and no. It has been a century and a half since the end of slavery in America. That's true enough. Should it have ended in our country sooner? Surely. Could it have? Maybe. Was it good that it finally ended when it did? Of course. We can all agree on that.
Promises, promises. That's pretty much all voters have to go on when a candidate runs for office the first time. When seeking re-election, however, that same candidate has a record to run on. Voters can scrutinize that record and judge accordingly. Have the promises been kept, for instance? If not, why not?
Two months ago, having concluded that its authority extends only to promulgated rules and not to proposed ones, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia declined to conduct a review of the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan, as requested by Patrick Morrisey and 14 other state attorneys general.
We have long contended that West Virginia courts should be for West Virginians. Of course, we're perfectly willing to make exceptions for out-of-state residents prosecuting claims against our citizens or business enterprises, but we have little use for litigants whose lawsuits have no discernible or demonstrable connection to where the suit was filed.