Published 12:00 am Saturday, October 7, 2006
Roberts, Stevens, Scalia, Kennedy, Souter, Thomas, Alito, Ginsburg, and Breyer.
Those are the names of your nine current U.S. Supreme Court Justices.
Of the nine, Republican presidents appointed seven.
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Ginsburg and Breyer were both appointed to the court by Democratic president Bill Clinton.
The court began their new session this week without Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman to ever be appointed to the Supreme Court who resigned in January after 25 years on the bench.
Although a Republican appointee, O’Connor maintained the role of swing voter for most of her tenure, frustrating many conservatives with her unwillingness to endorse judicial decisions that suggested permanency and infinite discretion.
O’Connor believed that the role of the Supreme Court was to give marching orders to the lower courts and allow the law to evolve alongside future jurisprudents.
The court already has cases on their docket that will challenge the authority of Roe vs. Wade and Brown vs. the Board of Education.
Of all the vehicles that the current administration has used to shove their ideology down the unwilling throats of American citizens, this current group of justices will more than likely regress decades of social progress.
There were just enough conservatives on the Supreme Court in the 2000 elections to intervene and affect in the results of the presidency.
O’Connor by herself would not have been enough to alter many of the decisions the court will arrive at, but the prospect of her authoring a well received dissention was enough to force other justices to strongly critique their own decisions.
Our president and his band of misinformation specialists are finally being exposed by members of their own party for their absurd mismanaging of the country’s international policies.
I fully expect the president to counter with a blitzkrieg of legislative policies designed to further strip Americans of their civil and privacy rights.
I heard somewhere that there are two things a politician could never spin out of, a dead girl or a live boy.
For a party that is always claiming some supposed moral standard, the sordid details concerning Republican Congressman Mark Foley’s obsession with underage boys and the attempted cover-up by his fellow Republicans, including House Speaker Dennis Hastert, were briefly overshadowed by an act of repugnant journalism.
The FOX Network was broadcasting a news report about the embattled congressman when they decided to run a graphic that labeled Foley as a democrat.
To date FOX has not issued a correction statement, as the Associated Press did when they mistakenly committed the same error a day later.
Trust me, if my editor and my sports editor can catch that mistake before it goes to print in the News Herald, then the good old boys at FOX could’ve caught as well.
Pundits on that network tried later that day to assess blame to Foley’s behavior to the Democratic Party for not having reported it sooner.
Denial is more than just a river in Africa.
Wake me up when there is a war.
The other day I watched a George Bush press briefing on an Internet site.
During that briefing, Bush referred to the ‘War in Iraq’ 26 times and the ‘War on Terror’ 46 times in a 15 minute time frame.
In April 2003, Bush declared that the United States had achieved victory in Iraq and that the war was over.
Since Sept. 11 2001, Al Qeada has successfully detonated bombs in London, Moscow, Madrid, Indonesia, Israel and Istanbul Turkey.
Osama bin Laden is still alive making DVD’s, smoking weed and listening to Van Halen.
Here is a quote from President George Bush on September 13, 2001:
&uot;The most important thing is for us to find Osama bin Laden. It is our number one priority and we will not rest until we find him.&uot;
That same president six months later on March 13, 2002;
&uot;I don’t know where Bin Laden is. I have no idea and really don’t care. It’s not that important. It’s not our priority.&uot;
As we get closer to Election Day, I just want to make sure that you do not forget what we are up against.