Tuesday, July 19, 2005

The President's Pick: John Roberts

The President has announced his pick for the Supreme Court: 50 year old John Roberts.

This story from Sign on San Diego is the second match from Google, and does provide a few scant details. But it makes the sort of silly mistake with which I am easily annoyed:

Abortion rights groups allege that Roberts, while deputy solicitor general during former Bush's administration, is hostile to women's reproductive freedom and cite a brief he co-wrote in 1990 that suggested the Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 high court decision that legalized abortion.

(Emphasis mine.) Roe v. Wade did not “legalize abortion”. Abortion was already legal in several states. What Roe v. Wade did was to further the nationalization of morality. Which is a hint on just how trustworthy Sign on San Diego is.

But getting back to the President's nomination: I would much rather have seen Janice Rogers Brown nominated. My personal feeling is that while Roberts is reliably Conservative, he is not necessarily the principled Federalist that Brown would be.

This is not, however, what our friends at the Daily Kos think. This should come as no surprise, of course, but it's amusing to read the comments. A summary of the viewpoints expressed, roughly in order of dominance:

  • John Roberts is Hitler reincarnate.
  • John Roberts is a stupid inbred TV evangelist from Fumbuck, Arkansas who wants to force everybody to put up Sunday School pictures of Jesus and Mary on the walls of their homes.
  • President Bush is moving his jaw a lot and must be a Meth addict.
  • This is just a conspiracy to take the heat off Karl Rove! Don't let the Rove issue die!
  • This guy wants to take us backward instead of forward.
  • GOD! GOD GOD GOD GOD GOD! I HATE GEORGE BUSH! I WANT TO KILL HIM! I WANT TO RIP HIS GUTS OUT AND KILLLLLLL HIIIIIIIIIIMMMMMMMMM!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Um, guys? Maybe we should wait to see if this guy is as bad as we think, then decide on a strategy.
  • Are you kidding me? Go crawl back in your hole, Rush Limbaugh!

Needless to say, I find nothing here that I can substantively debate or engage as an intellectual argument. And I really do find that sad. I would like to have a serious discussion on the direction of our nation but these people are impossible. They have nothing but bile and saliva.

A little background is necessary: I'm a very conservative Christian, I believe in the infallibility of God's Word, the Bible, and the deity of Jesus the Messiah. And I don't want imposed morality from the Central Government. This is exactly what the Left fears, and I, very much to the Right, oppose it. But the Left is so consumed by emotion that such productive revelations are out of the question: Daily Kos will not allow me to comment.