Reagan's Moral Point Man

He did not establish the Commission on Pornography, he did not sit in on its hearings, and even late last week he maintained that he had not read the report. Yet Attorney General Edwin Meese is widely regarded as the driving force behind the commission that he inherited from his predecessor, William French Smith. Indeed, in his 16 months in office, the former Presidential Counsellor has emerged as the Administration's chief crusader for Ronald Reagan's social agenda. It is Ed Meese who speaks out against judicial activism, openly challenges Supreme Court decisions through Justice Department briefs, and selects conservative ideologues for...

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