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A Lot of Alito...
So Senators Chucky Schumer (D-NY) and Harry Reid (D-NV), shrinking minority leader, have already decided to vote against the confirmation of Judge Sam Alito to the Supreme Court. Is anyone, anyone at all, surprised? I certainly am not. Chucky Schumer is ticked off because Judge Alito voted that the commerce clause means something, in that the U.S. Congress cannot regulate guns near schools because itís not in or affecting interstate commerce. Sen. Schumer is ticked because Judge Alito didnít respect the "majority." Well, Schumer flouts the "majority" daily, should he be impeached?
"The Democrats think that they are resurging and will regain power. They think that they have, with their constant whining, convinced the public to put them back into power. Never mind that they have no vision, and have to hold meetings to decide what they stand for."
What it boils down to is this: The Democrats think that they are resurging and will regain power. They think that they have, with their constant whining, convinced the public to put them back into power. Never mind that they have no vision, and have to hold meetings to decide what they stand for. Their hubris is showing. That lack of vision is what doomed Bob Dole in 1996. All he could say is "20% tax cut." Thatís not a vision; itís a carrot. What the Democrats truly need is something that describes their philosophy. But, you see, they have none of that. All they know is their heartfelt, deep belief that they are entitled to power. To them, ruling is their right, not a temporarily-bestowed privilege from the American people.
When it comes to Judge Alito, their arrogance shows some more. The Democrats cannot come out and admit that: 1) They are in the minority, and have been losing ground continuously since 2000; and 2) They oppose Judge Alito only because he may vote to rein in Congressí judicially-approved unlimited power. Some Conservatives think that the key issue is abortion. Itís not. Even if Roe v. Wade were overturned (unless the court holds that, as a matter of law, abortion is murder), abortion will still be legal and available. Thatís not the issue.
"Judge Alito appears to be an originalist. He would be a solid conservative on the Court. Thatís why his machine-gun opinon irks Sen. Schumer. The man wants no limits on the power of Congress, Constitution be damned."
Judge Alito appears to be an originalist. He would be a solid conservative on the Court. Thatís why his machine-gun opinon irks Sen. Schumer. The man wants no limits on the power of Congress, Constitution be damned. Our President realizes that the courts as they are presently constituted have damned the Constitution and allowed the Congress to join them in their run-amok. So he is nominating people to the courts that realize that judges have limited duties, and more importantly, that Congress has limited powers. The present warping of the general welfare and commerce clauses is the primary source of the countryís problems. Itís allowed the government to grow wildly out of control. The impact will be catastrophic unless we can lawfully reduce government.
The Left cannot allow this to happen. And now, with what they think is an advantage over the GOP, they are thinking of pressing this illusory advantage and attempting to derail Sam Alito. If they try, it will result in the Nuclear Option. We already have Graham, DeWine and perhaps even McCain of the Gang of 14, ready to go nuclear to ensure that the President is able to discharge his Constitutional duty to appoint judges to the federal courts. If that happens, the courts are lost to the left. No more will they be able to use the courts to force their voter-rejected agenda upon us, and if they should ever gain a majority, they will be unable to abuse the Constitution to grant its constituencies largesse from the Treasury, or suck-up laws from the Congress.
"They have intensified their war of discreditation against President Bush in order to gain at least the perception of popularity right now, before Judge Alito can get on the Supreme Court."
They have intensified their war of discreditation against President Bush in order to gain at least the perception of popularity right now, before Judge Alito can get on the Supreme Court. Theyíll risk a nuclear showdown because they believe that their visionless carping will sway the people, and in 2006, they will have a majority in the Senate. Thatís a pipedream. In fact, I think that, before the 2006 elections, there will be one or perhaps two more Supreme Court vacancies: Justices Stevens and Ginsburg. If the Nuclear Option is triggered, the Left will try to push the hearings off until 2007, so that they can appeal to the people to vote them into power to preserve their bribes. But, just as the Leftís carping over Alito lacks vision, so would this effort.
The Left has no choice in their minds. They actually think that they are in a position to win with their "Bush Sucks, Rove Sucks, Rumsfeld Sucks, Condi Sucks and Cheney Really Really sucks!" mantra. Their refrain is No changes to Social Security, No war in Iraq, No "red state" judges, No reforms in budget-strained California, No support for the war, No racial tolerance for conservative minorities like Condi or Michael Steele, No tolerance for any religion that professes Christ, No mention of God within 10,000 feet of a public school, No choice of schools for poorer / minority families. They think that this monthís elections were good news; all that happened was two Democratic governorships stayed Democratic, as expected. The big news, I will harp, was the unmitigated trouncing that the four Democratic Ohio ballot initiatives took. Liberals, on the whole, lost ground on Election Day 2005.
The Democrats are betting, based on their hubris, that they will prevail if they try to smack Alito. I bet it will backfire.