By Andrew P. Napolitano
The president's men trash the Constitution to pursue antagonists
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When William Shawcross published his official life of Britain's Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother in 2009, one of its many virtues was the sampling of her letters sprinkled throughout his text. One of the benefits of writing with the authorization of his subject's daughter, Queen Elizabeth II, was that she gave him access to such treasures and, even more importantly, permission to quote them.
Followers of this column have noticed that something is amiss. They have looked to it every week for months with increased frustration. Many have gone back to the March, April, May, and June issues of the American Spectator and pored over every page, but all was for naught. They have not been able to find a trace of the J. Gordon Coogler Award for the Worst Book of the Year, and they know that there were many promising candidates in 2010 for this hallowed recognition. The New York Review of Books was full of them.
On Israel, he recently wrote the country "is an imperfect society (like any other), but it has extraordinary social, scientific, and scholastic achievements. Despite living under endless threats, it is far closer to the liberal ideal of a free society than any other in the Middle East. But it gets scant credit."
Thus speaks William Shawcross today, and he has uttered such good sense for years across a whole range of vital issues.