Friday, July 01, 2005

Bye, Bye Sandra Day

Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, one of the "swing votes" on the Supreme Court, has announced her retirement. O’Connor was an unknown Arizona judge when she was nominated by Ronald Reagan to be the first woman Supreme Court justice.

While she was far from a strict constitutionalist in the mold of Frankfurter, Rehnquist or Scalia, Justice O’Connor did side with the conservatives in some important cases. The most recent instance was the regrettable decision a week ago, in the eminent domain case of Kelo v. City of New London. There the court applied the law according to Humpty Dumpty. Until last week, the words "public use" meant "public use." Now they mean "public purpose or private benefit."

Once again the court has effectively amended the Constitution by judicial interpretation.

But Justice Sandra Day O'Connor filed a powerful dissent: "Today the court abandons a long-held, basic limitation on government power. Under the banner of economic development, all private property is now vulnerable to being taken and transferred to another private owner, so long as it might be upgraded -- i.e., given to an owner who will use it in a way that the legislature deems more beneficial to the public."

We must take advantage of this Supreme Court vacancy to appoint a justice who will not be a judicial activist. O'Connor's replacement must be one who will finally bring this court back, away from its recent trend to "legislate from the bench" -- and from the left.

Already, the sharks on the far left smell blood in the water, and are beginning their feeding frenzy. The Left has already amassed a HUGE JUGGERNAUT against us:

A coalition of 70 far-left groups, including People for the American Way, leftist labor unions, the Sierra Club,, NARAL Pro-Choice America and the National Organization for Women, has formed to coordinate their efforts against any conservative nominee from President Bush.

Don’t let it happen. Write the President, the RNC and your Senators. In California, don’t bother with the “Box of Bricks” but send Feinstein a message.


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