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Obama Picks Anti-Alito Left-Winger For Ninth Circuit Court Seat

Posted on February 24 2010 12:11 pm
John L. Work is a veteran of twenty years of Colorado law enforcement service and a graduate of Cal State Long Beach, B.A. and M.A. He has been a contributor and featured columnist for NewsRealBlog since January of 2010, and a guest columnist for FrontPageMagazine.
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Conservative radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh has said many times that elections have consequences. One of the more-far-reaching powers that sitting Presidents hold is the ability to influence the Leftward or Rightward tilt of the entire Republic by the appointments of Justices to the Federal Circuit Courts and to the Supreme Court.  This Presidential legacy can span two generations or more, given long lives for particular Judges who are appointed for life and can be removed only through impeachment.

President Obama has chosen another leftist, Goodwin Liu (pictured above), from the University of California at Berkeley Law School to sit on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  Liu’s judicial and political history are not going to inspire happy dinner table conversation for conservatives. Christi Parsons’ complete L.A. Times Story is here:

“Reporting from Washington – President Obama will nominate UC Berkeley law professor Goodwin Liu to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday, The Times has learned.

Liu carries credentials that some conservatives love to hate — including a leadership position in a progressive legal group and a record of opposing the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr…”

Indeed, that in itself ought to raise some hackles on the Right.

“…He came to the White House’s attention with the recommendation of some conservatives…”

Parsons’ story does not give us a clue as to the identity of any conservatives who actually support Liu’s nomination.

“If confirmed, he could be the only full-time Asian American judge on a federal appellate court. A senior administration official revealed his nomination on condition of anonymity…”

Ah, yes, the Left’s obsession with race surfaces once again. This became so tiresome back in the 1970s.  I thought Obama’s election got us over that one.  You know what I mean: the Post-Racial President and government we were promised.

“In the political world, Liu is sure to be remembered as an Alito critic… Liu testified against Alito during his 2006 confirmation hearings…”

There’s the great rallying cry for the Left to get him confirmed.  He was against Sam Alito’s confirmation.

“…Liu, 39, also is chairman of the board of the American Constitution Society, whose mission statement opposes the “activist conservative legal movement…”

There’s an oxymoron, if ever I read one.  Activism is a Leftist property.  The Encyclopedia Britannica tells us that Conservatism is based in the past.  Lastly:

…”Keeping Faith With the Constitution,” a 2009 book that he co-wrote, discusses the shortcomings of “originalism,” a conservative legal theory maintaining that the Constitution should be interpreted based on its 18th century framers’ intent. Progressive judges tend to see the Constitution as a living document, shifting with the times, and to validate rights that they see as logical extensions of it…”

Progressive (read that: leftist) judges and Obama’s followers want us to believe that the words in the Constitution mean what the leftists tell us they mean, and as such are subject to re-interpretation.  We regular folks are not capable of reading the words and deciding for ourselves what the Framers meant.  And here I wasted all that time in high school and college when I could have been doing something worthwhile.  The road continues to go sharply toward the Left.

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