Wednesday, 6 July 2005

The Answer to All of Your Questions

The Answer to All of Your Questions
I've gotten several emails today requesting my opinion of President Bush's statement in Denmark today that he will not select a Supreme Court nominee based on his or her views on abortion.

Some seem to think I would feel betrayed t that the President would not advocate to advance the pro-life agenda in the Supreme Court. That is simply not the case. In fact, if Bush were to select someone simply because of their views on a political issue that would be an error on his part and serve to further errode our judiciary.

But, as I noted on Swamp Pundette's Blog today, if Bush sticks to his statement that he will nominate someone who would strictly interpret the Constitution, that individual would, without question, be opposed to Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey.

The whole concept of abortion rights are based upon "penumbras" and "emanations" of rights from the Bill of Rights.

Here's how the Court explains it... The guarantee's of freedoms set by the Bill of Rights creates "Zones of Privacy." These Zones created by guarantees in turn produce "emanations" which give the guarantees substance. Those emanations in turn create "penumbras" or "prenumbral rights" such as "privacy and repose." See Griswold v. Connecticut, 381 U.S. 479 (1965) at 484.

Understand? Me neither. Ultimately, the result is the Court creates very specific rights not contained in the Constitution, such as abortion rights. This is precisely what a Textualist, or Constitutionalist, or Originalist Justice, as Bush will appoint, will tear down. IF Bush gets the right guy.

Remember, Justice Souter was appointed by HW Bush. Reagan appointed both Justice O'Conner and Justice Kennedy. Conservatives have had a really bad record in actually appointing strict constructionalists to the Supreme Court.

But make no mistake, Bush may not pick based on a candidates stance on the issues, but his pick will vote against Roe and Casey because they are bad law and contrary to the principles of the Constitution and Republican Democracy.

In closing, I have enjoyed all the email I have been recieving and the discussion which has resulted. Feel free to continue asking questions, or if you have a topic you would like to see discussed here click the email link to the right.

Stay Vigilant!

UCC Endorses Same-Sex Marriage

UCC Endorses Same-Sex Marriage
On July 4, the General Synod of the United Church of Christ (UCC) approved a resolution endorsing same-sex marriage. With 1.3 million members, the UCC is the largest christian denomination to take such action.

The voice vote approving the "Resolution in Support of Equal Marriage Rights for All" passed in the 54 member body with only two or three nays.

The resolution based on a pretty scant and maligned interpretation of scripture (for an excellent discussion of a biblical view of homosexuality visit Exodus International's Online Library) claimed that compassion was the basis of the resolution. Today, Exodus International, the largest international coalition of ex-homosexuals released a press release expressing that the UCC's decision is anything but compassionate.

Dr. Albert Mohler, President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary said this: Anyone looking for proof that liberal denominations are capitulating to the logic and demands of the homosexual movement needs only to look at developments in the UCC.

The battle continues, and sadly the UCC has given a pretty sharp tool for same-sex marriage advocates to use to divide evangelicals.

Reagan may be the Best...

...but Michael Moore is the worst.

From the tactful insight that brought us Bias and Arrogance comes what I am sure will be one of my favorite books of all time...

"100 People Who Are Screwing Up America : (and Al Franken Is #37)"

That has got to be the best title for a book... ever.

I have not read the book yet, so I can't really recommend it or speak to the content. That said, a book lists Michael Moore as the #1 person screwing up America, along with George Soros, Senator Ted Kennedy, Jesse Jackson (all in the top 20) and Courtney Love (#95) has got to be on the right track.

I also want to point out that Bernard Goldberg lives in Miami, Florida... which makes me proud.