One detail was missing from the President’s list of qualifications for his nominee to replace John Paul Stevens.
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When asked by a reporter where the Constitution authorizes Congress to order Americans to buy health insurance, Pelosi cackled, “Are you serious?”
The same question posed to Rep. Phil Hare (D-Illinois) elicited this classic, “I don’t worry about the Constitution on this.”
It’s not only the Constitution that is swept aside when liberals have a goal to accomplish.
Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Florida and former judge, impeached for bribery) was caught on tape stating, “‘There ain’t no rules around here — we’re trying to accomplish something.’ And therefore, when the deal goes down, all this talk about rules, we make ‘em up as we go along,”
Another “Obama standard” for a Supreme Court justice is someone who has “a keen understanding of how the law affects the daily lives of the American people.”
We all know what he means. This is the “empathy” standard. A person must be black, Hispanic, a woman, or a homosexual to be compassionate and just. They must have experienced discrimination to understand “the American experience” (discrimination against people who are white or male or conservative or Christian doesn’t count).
The irony is that this is the reason why Americans are overwhelmingly against judicial activism. Because we’ve seen — and experienced — how judicial arrogance, the kind that puts a thumb on the scale for the judge’s preferred party, impacts our daily lives. It leads to the slaughter of unborn children, censoring religious expression, government seizing private property, unleashing obscenity, imposing same-sex “marriage” (thus forcing children to be taught about homosexuality), and frivolous lawsuits.
A poll taken last year found that 9 out of 10 Republicans and more than 8 out of 10 Democrats agreed: “When considering a new Justice for the United States Supreme Court, I would prefer that my United States senators look for a man or woman who will interpret the law as it is written and not take into account his or her personal viewpoints and experiences.”
President Obama has an opportunity to change course and show “empathy” with Americans — by choosing a Supreme Court nominee with a strong history of fidelity to the Constitution.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?