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Republicans Are Helping Obama Pack The Courts

Posted in Government and Politics by TeeJaw on Thursday, May 5, 2011, 9: 57 AM

This is being widely ignored, but key Republicans are helping Obama pack the Federal Courts with left-wing judges.  Lindsey Graham, Lamar Alexander, John McCain, Scott Brown, Susan Collins, Olympia Snowe, Mark Kirk, Lisa Murkowskie, John Thune, Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson all voted for cloture to end a Senate filibuster and clear the way to confirmation of John J. “Jack” McConnell, Jr.  McConnell may be the most left-wing activist judicial appointment ever.  If any has ever been “out of the mainstream” he is it.

Apparently, the thinking of these Republican senators is that if they filibuster Obama’s judicial nominations  their judicial picks will likewise be blocked under a future Republican president. I find that reasoning to be severely short sighted.  Democrats have shown in the past that they will do everything in their power to block Republican judicial nominees no matter what Republicans do.  These Republicans senators are living in a fantasy land if they believe they have purchased goodwill with Democrats by their votes yesterday for cloture.

Given that the Judicial branch has stepped out of its role as a court system to decide legal cases on traditional legal principles and established itself as the final arbiter on every kind of political and public policy issue, we need a Republican party that will stand up for Constitutional principles and the rule of law.  If Obama loses in 2012 but has appointed all the far left wing judges he can find his policies and his legacy will live on for decades to come.  Getting rid of Obamacare will be out of the question; the second amendment will be placed in jeopardy; and political speech may be regulated out of existence.

The appointment of impartially-minded judges who respect the U.S. Constitution is as important now as when this country was founded, perhaps more so.  It is heart sickening to see key Republican senators failing their country in a misguided quest for future accomodation from Democrats that all experience and history proves to be an illusion.

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