Sunday, September 21, 2008

The Supremes

This is probably one of the most important issues of this election. The next President will likely be able to affect our nation's future long after he loves office. How, you might ask?

Easy. It's called THE SUPREME COURT! In the last eight years, the court has decided on everything from women's reproductive rights to climate change to workplace discrimination to human rights to election results. And since the next President may very well appoint 2 or 3 or 4 or even 5 new Supreme Court Justices, it's crucial that we know what kind of judges the next President will appoint.

John McCain says he wants to appoint more "strict constructionist" judges like Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia, which would mean a hard-right shift in the court that could take away a woman's right to choose, dismantle labor and environmental and anti-discrimination laws, roll back the Bill of Rights, and allow a more "Imperial Presidency" that centralizes power in the Executive Branch. Barack Obama, on the other hand, would like to appoint judges that respect our Constitutional rights as well as balance of power and federal and state regulatory rights. The difference between Obama and McCain couldn't possibly be clearer here.

So what do we want? More erosion of the Bill of Rights? Another President who thinks he's above the Constitution? Another President that appoints judges who put extremist ideology over the principle of equal justice under the law? Or do we want real change?

Don't be fooled by McCain's "maverick" talk. His judicial philosophy is no different from Bush's. That's why Barack Obama is our only choice for real justice and real respect of our Constitution.


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