I’m about as depressed as one can be over that a slick motherfucker like John Roberts, a man infinitely worse than Scalia, is now being seriously considered for the Supreme Court. His record shows wild-eyed ideology rather than a bilateral concern for upholding the law. We’re talking about a man who wants to decimate the separation between church and state and a man who is seriously against a woman’s right to choose — despite the fact that the majority of Americans want Roe vs. Wade to be upheld.
This is a man who wrote in 1990: “We continue to believe that Roe [vs. Wade] was wrongly decided and should be overruled…. The Court’s conclusion in Roe that there is a fundamental right to an abortion … finds no support in the text, structure, or history of the Constitution.”
I guess Roberts didn’t read the first paragraph: “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
Last I checked, “domestic Tranquility” and “general Welfare” involved a woman having the right to choose in the 21st century. It involved a family having children when the parents were ready, so that they would be in a better position to provide the appropriate care and emotional and financial support to ensure that a child can grow up in a safe and nurturing environment rather than a broken home.
If the Democrats do not filibuster this man, if they do not do their damnedest to ensure that we don’t live in a Handmaid’s Tale-like universe of backalley abortions, then they are nothing less than culpable.
I urge everyone who cares to write your Senator and urge him or her to fight this nomination.
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[UPDATE: Slate has an article on Roberts’ stand on civil liberties, specifically in the Hamdan v. Rushdie case. Needless to say, the opinion that Roberts penned is troubling for anyone concerned about due process and the Geneva Convention.]