The Chief Justice Goes to Jamestown

Jamestown.jpgReally important news is often relegated to back pages and so it was this weekend when an important story was on page C4 of the Washington Post. Even more oddly, this is the paper’s Metro section about local news.

There was nothing local about the story though. Chief Justice John Roberts was in Jamestown, Va. to help mark the 400th anniversary of the founding of democracy on these shores (not to mention 400 years of manufacturing). He met with his British counterpart, the Right Hon. Lord Phillips, the lord chief justice of England and Wales. The picture in the paper showed them unveiling a plaque at Jamestown commemorating the founding of the Jamestown settlement, the first permanent English settlement in the New World. Former Justice Sandra Day O’Connor was there too. The roots of our free enterprise system and our legal system lie in the founding of that colony.

What’s more important is that the caption mentioned off-handedly that there had been a four-day conference examining the fundamentals and principles for self-government. Here’s an online AP report about the conference itself. Click here to get a summary. Considering the large number of countries around the world that have trouble with this concept, not to mention that there are few that have done as well with self-government and freedom as the United States, one would think this kind of story merited more than local news, don’t you think?

Kudos to the Chief Justice for having his priorities straight, even if the Washington Post doesn’t.