And Now a Word From One Pissed-Off MotherI give not one whit whether you’re a Democrat, Republican, Independent, or Hari Krishna, common sense should prevail, justice should prevail, and all information regarding our public servants should be known in order for us to make wise, informed and rational decisions regarding who will speak on our behalf, who will represent our goals, hopes, beliefs for a strong, united, righteous nation.
Tell me I’m wrong. Go ahead, I dare you.
Most sane, competent individuals would, of course, not disagree, and I believe that the majority of Americans are sane and competent -- however blind some of them may be. None of us should be in the dark as regards to our government. Ever. Nor should we be silent, afraid of dissent, complacent when it comes to the future of our children, our grandchildren.
I am not a politician, an no lobbyist or paid mouthpiece; I am only a concerned citizen who is scared out of her unusually intelligent mind of what our great and beautiful country is becoming. Hence this plea to you: Exercise your democratic right to KNOW. Be informed. Be an active participant, and never take anything for granted. Behaving otherwise is like signing away your civil rights, baby.
So why am I babbling on here? John Roberts will be appointed to the Supreme Court because Bush wants him there, and there ain’t nothing you can do about it, so nyah, nyah.
The following is excerpted from an article written by Senator Ted Kennedy in the August 19 edition of the Washington Post:
“He [John Roberts] repeatedly advanced narrow interpretations that would have undermined landmark and hard-won laws Congress passed to prohibit discrimination. (my italics) As a young lawyer, Roberts advised the White House to delay fair-housing legislation. [my italics) He urged the Justice Department not to intervene in a pending case and opposed a claim of gender discrimination, even though the assistant attorney general for civil rights, William Bradford Reynolds, believed the claim was based on "a very strong record" of gender discrimination….”
“…during his tenure in the Reagan Justice Department, Roberts tried to limit the scope of Title IX, which prohibits discrimination against women in educational institutions receiving federal funds.”
“This is why it is so important for the Senate to receive the documents requested about the 16 cases he worked on in the solicitor general's office. For example, the Senate has requested information about Franklin v. Gwinnett, in which the Supreme Court unanimously rejected Roberts's argument to limit remedies available under Title IX to a teenage girl who had suffered flagrant sexual abuse. “
What is this administration hiding? Why not just pony up the info? I’ll tell you why -- Roberts, although attractive, young, seemingly pleasant, full of good humor and love for his family, is a man whose past record indicates extreme rightwing views. He is a man who, I will admit, probably believes his views are best for America, for his own family,. I’m positive he’s sincere. But anyone who values equality for all citizens, whether you condone a certain lifestyle or not, will take the current administration to task for attempting to bulldoze this Roberts character into a lifelong position which carries the power to either uphold justice or negate it altogether.
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