THE BATTLE FOR THE FEDERAL JUDICIARY
By Christopher G. Adamo
Specter’s not-so-subtle threat unequivocally confirmed a truth that naive Conservatives have long been unwilling to face. The elimination of a pro-life litmus test for judicial nominees, at the insistence of the pro-abortion forces some years back, effectively constituted the establishment of a pro-abortion litmus test in its place.
It is altogether unfortunate that so many pro-Constitution Conservatives bought into the notion that the abandonment of their “litmus test” yielded some sort of “neutrality” among judges who were subsequently appointed. The bulk of evidence proves instead the consistent appointment of judges who are nothing less than advocates of abortion. But the overall damage to American jurisprudence, and thus to the entire fabric of society, didn’t stop there.
A Pandora’s box was opened by these activist social reformers who, hiding behind the awesome power of the Federal Bench, derive their decisions not from the true meaning and intent of the U.S. Constitution, but from nonexistent “emanations” and “umbras” they can concoct from it. Ultimately, they have been empowered to make war on traditional America from a wholly unaccountable position, with virtually no recourse by the people.
Blatantly extra-constitutional decisions have since been handed down by the courts, reaching every aspect of American life, from the forced legitimization of sodomy in last year’s Lawrence v. Texas decision, to the criminalization of the Ten Commandments and the Pledge of Allegiance. This they do, not for the sake of liberty and justice, but in service to the counterculture and its twisted precepts of morality.
Any effort whatsoever by pro-Constitution forces to seek accountability on the part of would-be judges has been summarily rejected by the political and cultural Left, on the grounds that doing so is too burdensome of a “litmus test.” In light of this, just what sort of individuals can be expected to qualify for appointment to the U.S. Supreme court and to other Federal Courts?
Are all standards of ethics or reason, other than legal credentials, too onerous of a requirement for individuals who could well end up in a position to determine the future of American society? Is honesty itself too restrictive a standard to be considered essential to a nominee’s fitness for office? How about the nominee’s past record of honesty as to what the Constitution actually means?
Not surprisingly, recent history has proven that the failure to pass such a “litmus test” as this (and many recent appointees to this nation’s high courts could not pass such a test) clearly correlates to a judge’s subsequent refusal to abide by constitutional law in any respect.
Hence, the only presently viable manner of ridding the country of the scourge of judicial activism is to confirm only those individuals who are willing to abide by the U.S. Constitution and not arrogantly usurp it or subordinate it to their overly inflated regard for their opinions.
It is vital to the very survival of Liberalism that the Left somehow neutralize the impact of the elections of November 2, 2004. It is unfortunate that the Chairmanship of Arlen Specter, ostensibly a “Republican,” on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, could go a long way towards that goal.
True reform on the part of the Left, other than possible changes in “marketing and packaging,” is not an option. And the installation of Senator Specter, in such a key position, would completely undermine every effort by Republicans to build on their present momentum.
Once the shock of this year’s elections wears off, Liberals in the media and on Capitol Hill have every intention of reasserting their presumed moral superiority. The benefits of such a tactic are twofold.
First, they can continue to define and dictate the national public policy agenda, despite their lack of majority status. Secondly, in so doing they will be able to assert their superior leadership qualities, thus paving the way for a possible backlash from disillusioned Conservatives, resulting in an eventual turn-around of their fortunes in upcoming political contests.
As is always the case, none of their goals can be accomplished without the assistance, whether willing or otherwise, of witless Republicans who might accommodate them. Thus, the battle for the Federal Judiciary, in which it is crucial that Conservatives hold key positions in the U.S. Senate, may well define the outcome of the 2006 and 2008 elections.
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