Last week I traveled to Washington, D.C. to participate in an Alliance Defense Fund breakfast held in honor of former Attorney General Edwin Meese. He’s one of those rare men with a long record of distinguished service to our country and a man I admire. Ed Meese served as President Ronald Reagan’s chief policy adviser and currently works at The Heritage Foundation.
Of his numerous accomplishments, General Meese has been—and continues to be—a champion of “originalism”; he believes the Constitution should be interpreted in light of the “original intent” of our Founding Fathers rather than what an activist judge might want it to mean. In that regard, during the Reagan era he took a firm stand against the trend toward judicial activism. He was critical of the U.S. Supreme Court for drifting from the original intent of our Constitution. Given the activist direction of the courts today, much more in that area remains to be done.
Ed Meese, who retired as a colonel after serving 32 years in the army reserve, also believed in limiting the size of government, cutting the tax burden on families and, as America’s 75th Attorney General, studied the impact of hard core pornography on society. As you may recall, Dr. Dobson was one of the members of the “Meese Commission.” The commission’s report described the harmful nature of pornography as well as the link between pornographers and organized crime. The breakfast was to honor the General’s lifelong contributions to the country.
I, for one, am grateful for his service. Without a doubt America needs more leaders like him; men and women who possess a passion to articulate their conservative worldview in the public square. Which is one of the reasons why we’ve created the Truth Project. To learn more about the Truth Project, click here.
[Photo from left to right: Focus on the Family Vice President Tim Goeglein, General Edwin Meese, myself, and Mike Meese].