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Obstruction in the Senate Judiciary Committee

By Charles A. Morse
web posted May 27, 2002

Senator Orrin B. Hatch (R-UT) Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee is blaming "very liberal Senate Democrats" for a "vacancy crisis" on the federal bench. Hatch also blames "outside, extreme-left, special interest groups" for launching "invidious attacks" on the judicial nominees of President George W. Bush. Examples include the recent ugly smear campaign against the nominations of Mississippi Judge Thomas Pickering and the present tarring and feathering of Pennsylvania Judge D. Brooks Smith.

The left-wing obstructionist Senators and their "special interest" backers are performing auto da fe's on Bush's distinguished judicial nominees in order to stop the seating of judges who, heaven forefend, might apply strict constitutional standards when interpreting cases that come before them. The method employed usually involves the dredging up of old and irrelevant utterances or actions by the nominee, which are held up as proof of hidden racism or sexism. The Clarence Thomas carnival was a classic example of this ugly tactic on display.

The witch-hunt effectively destroys, or at least seriously weakens a prospective nominee who is not deemed to be politically correct. The hi-tech lynching also sends a chilling message to the public at large which is that if this distinguished, accomplished and strong public figure can be publicly humiliated and disemboweled for committing the sin of not goose-stepping to political correctness, think carefully before you stray off the reservation or you will be next. Senator Joseph R. McCarthy was vociferously accused of using these types of tactics back in the 1950's during his investigation of communist subversives in government. Calling Bush's nominee's racist is the equivalent of calling a person a communist because he might have once been spotted in a hotel lobby standing next to Alger Hiss.

The leftist agenda is to preserve a judiciary stacked with left-wing judges willing to use their appointed positions to unflinchingly, and by fiat, enact unpopular and undemocratic laws. The Constitution clearly calls for an elected Congress to make law while the appointed judiciary is supposed to ensure that the laws, enacted by the people's representatives in Congress, conform to the Constitution. The regressive left wants judges to act like monarchs by wielding fiat power in violation of the letter and spirit of their oath of office. This is because the left must depend on dictatorial power since they tacitly understand that their regressive agenda would never fly with the electorate.

The most glimmering jewel in the leftist crown is the protection of their bloody abortions and the expansion of the definition of abortion to include a killing of a child within seconds of birth. Control of human life and death, fundamentally, is the very cornerstone of leftism, which is a political philosophy that is entirely animated by absolute power and control. Support for a culture of death, whether it involves abortion, euthanasia, suicide, drugs, pre-marital sex, homosexuality or pornography is critical to the left's long-term goal of social control of the masses. A judge who might question the efficacy of any of these sacred cows, especially on religious conviction, is viewed as a person who must be silenced. An individual, who publicly adheres to moral standards, especially if those standards derive from faith, is "an enemy of the people" in the inverted and crazy quilt world of the left.

The Constitution says nothing about a right to abort a human fetus, only the right to life. A moral society is one that protects every human life. Having said this, the undoing of Roe vs. Wade on constitutional grounds, which is what the left fears, would not result in an outright ban on all abortions nor should it. The issue of abortion policy and regulation would, like capital punishment, be returned to the States where the elected representatives in each respective state would vote on legislation that would most closely reflect the will of the citizenry of the state. This process is the essence of democracy in practice something the left likes to prattle about when it fits their agenda.

Chuck Morse is a talk show host with Salem Radio/WROL in Boston.

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