Ironically, in a wave of penny-pinching by a big-spending Congress, there has been a move to cut back on the amount of security provided to former Presidents and their families. Someone pointed out that the widow of President Lyndon Johnson still receives secret service protection. She should!
People who direct the policies of this nation and enforce its laws should never have to wonder whether what they decide to do will affect their own personal safety or that of their loved ones. Taking that issue off the table, so that people can concentrate on their duty, is worth spending a lot more money than it will in fact cost -- and chump change compared to what is wasted on pork barrel projects.
As for Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, while she deserves all the personal protection the federal government can give her, she also deserves all the criticism she has received -- and more. Her split-the-baby policy-making from the bench has made a mockery of the Constitution and turned the law into a vast field of uncertainty, in which frivolous lawsuits can abound.
We are already well down the slippery slope toward judicial rule, and Justice O'Connor is one of those who has repeatedly greased that slope in decisions full of sociological pieties, fashionable rhetoric, and lofty attitudes, but lacking in legal principles from the Constitution of the United States.
Justice O'Connor now publicly decries "extreme rhetoric" in criticisms of judges. It is too bad that she does not also decry extreme judicial activism, of which she has been guilty on more than one occasion.