Tuesday, May 27, 2008

What Kind of Supreme Court Justices Would a President Obama Appoint?

(Hat tip: Civics Geeks)

Here's just a sampling of what to expect from a President Obama's Supreme Court nominees:

... Judges as social workers

Obama has described his views on the role of the courts and the proper criteria for picking judges. In a recent interview with
Wolf Blitzer, Obama explained:
Now there’s going to be those 5 percent of cases or 1 percent of cases where the law isn’t clear. And the judge then has to bring in his or her own perspectives, his ethics, his or her moral bearings. And in those circumstances, what I do want is a judge who is sympathetic enough to those who are on the outside, those who are vulnerable, those who are powerless, those who can’t have access to political power and as a consequence can’t protect themselves from being — from being dealt with sometimes unfairly. That the courts become a refuge for justice. That’s been its historic role. That was its role in Brown v. Board of Education.
Never mind that it is not the role of unelected life-tenured judges to act as advocates on behalf of certain groups or individuals, ignoring the actual text and meaning of the Constitution and various other laws in order to impose their own values as the "law of the land". What's worse, Obama doesn't even believe his own rhetoric regarding appointing judges who are "sympathetic enough to those ... who are vulnerable, those who are powerless, those who can’t have access to political power and as a consequence can’t protect themselves ..." when it comes to the MOST VULNERABLE AND POWERLESS among us - the unborn:

... Abortion extremism

On abortion, Obama is an absolutist. Last April, he took strong exception to the Supreme Court’s ruling upholding the federal Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act (which had passed the House 281-142 and the Senate 64 [including 16 Democrats] to 33).

This is not simply then someone who believes women should have the last say in deciding whether to have an abortion, but one who believes that the courts should entirely displace the view of huge congressional majorities and public opinion to discern, as Calabresi bluntly puts it, “a constitutional right to dismember babies in a painful and somewhat violent way.” There is virtually no regulation or limit on abortion which Obama would likely find acceptable...


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Previous Pro Ecclesia posts on this subject:
Make That a 101% "Pro-Choice" Rating

Obama’s Support for Judicial Imposition of Same-Sex "Marriage"

National Catholic Register: "Obama and Abortion"

Obama’s Laughable Judicial Philosophy: His Ridiculous Response to McCain's Speech on the Judiciary

Obama's Pledge to Planned Parenthood: “I Will Not Yield"

Sen. Moloch H. Obama Celebrates Abortion, Warns Supreme Court Could Reverse Roe

National Catholic Register: "Religious" Democrat Barack Obama Sticks to the Abortion Line

Litmus Test: Democrat Candidates Demand Pro-Abortion Supreme Court Justices

Obama, Clinton Slam Supreme Court on Abortion Ruling

Democratic Candidates for President Give Unanimous Pro-Abortion Views

During First Debate, Democrats Back Abortion, Criticize Efforts to Save Terri Schiavo

Reaction to Court’s Abortion Ruling Falls Along Predictable Party Lines

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