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Supreme Decision

Posted by on Jun 1, 2009 in Confirmation, Conservatism, President Obama, Sotomayor, Supreme Court, White House | 0 comments


Is Judge Sotomayor the right pick for the U.S. Supreme Court?  I haven’t decided yet, since there are so many of her viewpoints, prior decisions and policy stances to consider.  Is she a conservative, probably not.  Did she really save baseball?  Maybe so.  But with all of these things to consider, let’s hope the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee does not cave to pressure from the White House to quickly confirm the judge.  

There are almost four months standing between this point in time and the start of the Supreme Court’s next session in October, 2009.  That provides plenty of time to allow the Senate, and America, to really look at Judge Sotomayor’s background and experience.  If the judge can explain some of her positions that are problematic to conservatives, let’s allow time for an explanation and full consideration of her views prior to a confirmation vote.  
For example, I am very interested in hearing her explanation as to why a white male judge is not qualified to objectively decide a discrimination matter.  I am also interested in hearing the judge’s explanation for her videotaped statement where she implied her endorsement to judge made law and social policy.  
Are the Democrats entitled to appoint a probable left leaning judge based on the 2008 election results?  Absolutely.  Are they entitled to quick Senate confirmation, devoid of considered study of a judge’s prior decisions, policy preferences and overall judicial philosophy?  Absolutely not.
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Rush Limbaugh, Free Speech and the GOP

Posted by on Mar 5, 2009 in Free speech, GOP, Obama, Rush Limbaugh, White House | 0 comments

Why is the Obama administration, or at least those within the administration that speak to the press, taking aim to bring down Rush Limbaugh? I submit that it is not to simply kick the GOP while it is down. It is an effort to destroy the GOP, and free speech in the process. The White House wants to eliminate opposing viewpoints to make it easier to advance its policies.

As an aside, I must say that I object to the media trying to make people such as Rush Limbaugh or Sarah Palin the face of the GOP. Despite the many contributions those individuals have made to the GOP and the conservative movement, Rush and Sarah Palin are not the face, or the heart or soul of the GOP. Ideas and values are the face, heart and soul of the GOP. Values of smaller government, lower taxes, strict constructionist courts, building a strong defense, personal responsibility and promoting the value of life make up the GOP. These ideas and values are bigger than any one individual. It has been those ideas and values that have made America great. So let us not allow a biased media and a gloating Democratic party draw us away from our ideals and values.

Candidate and now President Obama has practically made the term “transparency” a cliche’. Despite this, his administration’s opaque and somewhat subtle plan to take aim at Rush, and those like him, in an effort to limit free speech is quite a paradox. I wonder what President Obama’s former professors at Harvard Law think about this? Particularly the President’s Constitutional Law professor? Did they skip discussion about the First Amendment? “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

It is not a coincidence that only a few weeks ago, the Democrats wanted to revive the Fairness Doctrine to require broadcasters to provide “balanced coverage” of controversial issues. Since that effort has stalled, the Democrats now seek to engage in personal attacks on conservative voices, rather than engage in meaningful debate on the issues on all of our minds today.

The current administration should simply respond to the conservative voices with its own viewpoints and move on. Any political capital President Obama won after the election should not be wasted on suppressing opposing views. For if he is to achieve all of his ambitions at the expense of free speech and meaningful dialogue, what has been accomplished? Very little; and indeed, much more will have been lost.

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