Congratulations Justice Alito!

by Sal on January 31, 2006

in Politics

Axis of Right extends its congratulations to the newest Associate Justice on the Supreme Court, Justice Samuel Alito, by a vote of 58-42. The court now moves further towards the role the constitution intended!

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Ryan January 31, 2006 at 11:17 am

Ditto!

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Mike January 31, 2006 at 11:20 am

YEAH!

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The Iconoclast January 31, 2006 at 11:46 am

This is really great news. I watched quite a bit of the confirmation hearings and was very much impressed with how J. Alito presented himself.

If there is one thing to be taken from this process, it’s the absurdity of the reverance for our legal system. This is especially true for judges. J. Alito is a fantastic appointment to the court, but he is also just a political appointee. The fervor of this process illustrates how dirty the whole appointment and confirmation process has become.

I think that it would be wise for the country to see the judiciary without the filter of rose-colored glasses. Ths is almost impossible to do with so many symbols floating around (the silly, black robes and ladies holding scales with their eyes covered).

Either way, great news and glad that I won’t have to hear from Ted Kennedy for a while

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Sal January 31, 2006 at 12:12 pm

I agree with your assessment iconoclast. The judiciary is supposed to be one co-equal branch of government, but it has turned into this exalted institution. I think Rush said it best when he took the story of O’Conner’s retirement and led off his show by saying “A lawyer has retired today”, just to illustrate the absurdity of how we do look at the judiciary. I think for conservatives, the Judiciary is so important mainly because of how the judiciary has run amuk these last 50 years, and we see this as an opportunity to slowly bring the Supreme Court back to its proper role.

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Ryan January 31, 2006 at 1:08 pm

I would rather hear as much as I possibly can from the Cape Cod Orca! He is a non-stop campaign commercial for why the Left is no good. But I do agree with the Iconoclast’s sentiments, as well as Sal. A lawyer’s getting sworn in today. Co-equal branches!!!

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noonan January 31, 2006 at 1:58 pm

And now the youngest 3 are Roberts, Thomas, & Alito. The oldest include Stevens, Ginsburg & Souter.

At worst, there is a lasting Pro-Life bloc on the court, & at best, it seems we now have the votes to end partial birth abortion, as well as the congress and white house to usher in a new partial birth abortion ban.

If Roberts & Alito are what we think they are, with one more appointment, Roe can be overturned, perhaps this year, perhaps even within months! For the first time since 1992, that landmark we’ve worked so hard towards is within sight.

I hope to hear the President’s words of encouragement to those building the culture of life in the State of the Union tonight.

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Sal January 31, 2006 at 2:30 pm

From a moral perspective I completely agree, noonan.. Let’s keep in mind though that the elevation of Alito and Roberts to the Supreme Court is about more than just Abortion. It is about putting people on the bench who will interpret the actual constitution as opposed to the so-called “Penumbras” of the Constitution. With an activist court, we also get Kelo vs. City of New London, Lawrence v. Texas, McConnell vs. FEC and many other anti-constitutional decisions. Roe itself is a result of that attitude, and to have a court that just ruled based on Roe and not on the Constitution would put us into more trouble in the future. This is why Harriet Meiers was not acceptable to many Conservatives, and why we must continue our push to get Originalist judges to the Supreme Court. Overturning Roe will be wonderful, but it will just be beginning as the control of the issue returns to the states. What we need to do is ensure that for a long time we have a Supreme Court that does its job as judges and not try to be philospher-kings.

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noonan January 31, 2006 at 8:44 pm

Sal, I agree that the push for judges who understand federalist principles is important, especially on the high bench. I’m also in agreement that many of the 5-4 cases will likely now swing another way, somewhere to the right, (although I’m not sure Lawrence is one of those b/c of Roberts). In short, we don’t disagree.

My point is just that it is a good thing for the Pro-Life movement, and we are embarking into an era of new hope. Since Bush is president and the timing is such that Alito joins the SCOTUS on the day of the State of the Union, it is an ideal, ripe, opportune, you name it time to mobilize and energize Pro-Lifers. Abortion is the central issue in these confirmation hearings, and is the central victory in the confirmation. Some allusion, the more direct, the better, will provide much needed leadership. Bush has done this over the years in the State of the Union and at Right to Life marches by hailing the Culture of Life, a philosophy first espoused I believe from the Vatican, (he must have Catholic speechwriters), but is understood by all Pro-Lifers to include our social, cultural, and legal efforts for the unborn, the elderly, etc.

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