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Let's Avoid Extremist Judges

A Happy 4th of July to all!

On this day of Independence, I think we should try to make sure that the next U.S. Supreme Court justice is one that believes in a government “of the people, by the people and for the people.” This is another way of saying that an extremist, who can barely gain a Senate majority, should not be confirmed. The question then is, What is an extremist? The “gang of 14” adopted the criterion of “extraordinary circumstances.” But I think an extremist may be defined more readily than that.

You hear so much debate nowadays and the debates seem to be between liberals and conservatives, Democrats and Republicans, poor and rich, non-religious and religious, originalists and activists, for "Roe" and against "Roe," etc. There are judges in all these categories that may be acceptable. Extremists, from my point of view, come in 2 forms:

  • THEOCRATS - who want to impose their religious tenets - on abortion, sex, Schiavo-like life prolongation, etc. - on the rest of the country

  • PLUTOCRATS - who want to remove what little power the employee and the consumer have and give all the power to Big Business
Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family and D. James Kennedy of the so-called Dominionists, are examples of theocrats. Here is what Kennedy said:

"Our job is to reclaim America for Christ, whatever the cost. As the vice regents of God, we are to exercise godly dominion and influence over our neighborhoods, our schools, our government, our literature and arts, our sports arenas, our entertainment media, our news media, our scientific endeavors -- in short, over every aspect and institution of human society."

Dobson was in the forefront in urging Senator Frist to use the "nuclear option" in order to get theocrats appointed to the Supreme Court.

There are many plutocrats. Grover Norquist is a prime example of one that devotes almost all his efforts to pushing for tax cuts, deregulation and laissez faire - everything that helps Big Business and no one else.

We need a justice like Sandra Day O'Connor. She is a conservative, but she was thoroughly concerned with how the law affected individuals, regardless of their station in life. She has been praised by both conservatives and liberals. A nominee similar to O'Connor would have no trouble being approved. Such a nominee could serve to reduce the polarization in our society. I sincerely hope Bush picks such a nominee.

At this tense time in American history, let's avoid confirming an extremist to the High Court.

Posted by Paul Siegel at July 4, 2005 6:51 PM