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January 26, 2006

Let's Discuss

I know that talking politics is not for polite conversation, but this is a blog. How do you feel about Samuel Alito's nomination to the Supreme Court? Are you for or against him? Why? Yes, really, I would like to know. Frank discussion - but of course, civil and polite - would be welcome.

These are my main thoughts about Alito - and yes, I've signed petitions, I've sent emails and I've also called my Senators.

1. Alito's record, as shown in memos that surfaced, shows that he has given strategic thought to how to erode Roe v. Wade. Not If he were on the bench, wouldn't that be considered judicial activism?

Abortion should be safe and legal. It shouldn't be used as birth control - and birth control methods and sex education should be available and accessible to young women so they're not having abortions or babies that nobody wants. If your personal beliefs make you opposed to abortion, I respect that. But it is not your business to interfere with a woman's private decision.

2. Why all the deference to executive power, when as a Supreme Court judge, his concern ought to be the separation of powers, the maintenance of the system of checks and balances between the judiciary, the legislative and the executive branch? Where are all the conservatives who claim there needs to be strict readings of the Constitution?

And the rest of you: WHY ARE YOU NOT PAYING ATTENTION? Because this matters a lot more than American Idol or Dancing/Skating/Crocheting with the Stars, ok? I'm not a tremendous activist by any means. But it is not too much trouble to make a phone call or write a letter or even send an email.

Why do I bother? Because I'm not going to sit here and do nothing. You can have an opinion either way, but if you're not going to act in support of your beliefs, then your opinion is essentially worthless.

Yours, &c., LC | 05:50 PM | Politics | TrackBack (0)

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