Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Tenacious Liberalism: Obama Supreme Court Judges

Cross-posted by Maggie at Maggie's Notebook

Graphic credit: Chad Crow - Wall Street Journal

If Barack Obama wins the Oval Office, will America be so fed-up with Liberalism after four years of a Democrat President and Democrat-held Congress that we make a significant move back to Conservatism? Oh, if it were that simple.

Four years of Obama, Pelosi and Reid will entrench this country so deeply in Liberalism that it may take generations to turn the country around.

Within the first year of an Obama Presidency, three Supreme Court justices will likely retire, maybe four, and be replaced with Barack Obama's vision of political, social and economic justice.

I've listened to Greta Van Susteran's discussion of the replacement of Justices, and she believes two will retire, Obama will replace them with Liberal justices, and the current balance of Liberal judges will not change.

Greta is discounting the tenaciousness of Liberalism. I predict the older justices will retire sooner, rather than later, to enable Obama to stack the court in his first four years, infecting the remainder of our lives with social and economic justice. With a Democrat Congress and Obama as President:

1) there goes property rights to imminent domain
2) there goes the death penalty
3) there goes the Second Amendment and our guns
4) there goes the rule of law
5) there goes any semblance of judicial restraint
6) there goes any hope of stopping voter fraud

1) HERE COMES a bias for the treatment of enemy combatants
2) HERE COMES Constitutional rights to same-sex marriage
3) HERE COMES a thumb-of-the-nose to long-held State's rights
4) HERE COMES "redistributive changes."
Barack Obama expressed his regret that the Supreme Court hadn't been more 'radical' and described as a 'tragedy' the court's refusal to take up 'the issues of redistribution of wealth.' No wonder he wants to appoint judges that legislate from the bench," Holtz-Eakin continued [McCain spokesman].
In July 2007, Barack Obama speaking at a Planned Parenthood event said, speaking of the persona of a Supreme Court justice of his choosing:
We need somebody who's got the heart, the empathy, to recognize what it's like to be a young teenage mom. The empathy to understand what it's like to be poor, or African-American, or gay, or disabled, or old. And that's the criteria by which I'm going to be selecting my judges.
Speaking of the ruling of Gonzales v. Carhart, which upheld the ruling on partial birth abortion, Obama said the decision was "a concerted effort" on behalf of the Court to deny access to abortions. He was particularly harsh on the majority opinion written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, saying:
He knows many things but my understanding is that he does not know how to be a doctor.
Last I noticed, Obama lacks a medical degree. This was dishonest and inflammatory rhetoric but nevertheless, it brought favorable reactions from the activists attending the meeting. Remember, this was a decision made on the merits of partial birth abortion, not abortion as protected by law.

Let us give serious thought to Senator Obama's vision of a Supreme Court judge That judge will be empathetic to you? to me? because I'm young? I'm pregnant? I'm gay? I'm Black? I'm poor? I'm old?

"Our Constitution is colorblind,
and neither knows nor tolerates classes among citizens."
John Marshall Harlan
Civil government cannot let any group ride roughshod over others
simply because their consciences tell them to do so."
Justice Robert H. Jackson

Let us give serious thought to Obama's belief that our Constitution is a living, breathing document:
The layman's constitutional view is
that what he likes is constitutional and
that which he doesn't like is unconstitutional.
Justice Hugo L. Black


One's right to life, liberty,
and property, to free speech, a free press, freedom of worship and
assembly, and other fundamental rights may not be submitted to vote;
they depend on the outcome of no elections."
Justice Robert H. Jackson

It is my belief that there are 'absolutes' in our Bill of Rights,
and that they were put there on purpose by men who knew what the
words meant and meant their prohibitions to be 'absolutes.' "
Justice Hugo L. Black

The Constitution is not neutral. It was designed to take the government
off the backs of people.
William O. Douglas

An Obama quote from his book, The Audacity of Hope, page 92-93 in my trade paperback:
What the framework of our Constitution can do is organize the way by which we argue about our future. All of its elaborate machinery - its separation of powers and checks and balances and federalist principles and Bill of Rights - are designed to force us into a conversation, a "deliberative democracy" in America compels us to entertain the possibility that we are not always right and to sometimes change our minds;...
Definition of "deliberative" from having to do with policy; dealing with the wisdom and expediency of a proposal.

Senator Obama wants America to have a discussion, and to deliberate, about the wisdom of The Constitution and the Bill of Right. Think about it - deliberate on it.

Others talking about an Obama Supreme Court:
Conservatives Slam Obama's Misunderstanding of the U.S. Constitution
WSJ - Obama's "Redistributive" Constitution
Supreme Court Will Change Under New President


  1. After 4 years of Nanny State we won't be able to go back to business the way it is.

    As for taking away our guns. That is a recipe for civil war. When the time comes, open and armed rebellion will ensue.

  2. See latest update 10/30/08, 9:20 PM Eastern/