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Activist judges

October 27, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

To the editor:

With all the different positions Mitt Romney has taken on such issues as taxes, Social Security, Medicare and Obamacare, I have almost no idea what he might actually do about them if he were to be elected. But one thing I know for sure he will do is to appoint at least one and perhaps as many as four justices for the U.S. Supreme Court. And I am sure that he will appoint justices like the current justices appointed by the two President Bushes and President Reagan. These justices have been appointed based on their pledges to carry out the pro-business and pro-life agendas of the radical right wing of the Republican party (which is now pretty much the only wing of the Republican party).

Supreme Court justices are not elected and serve their terms for life so that their judgments will not be affected by politics. This rationale has been perverted by the appointment of justices who instead promise to follow the current right wing positions of the Republican party.

Justices Thomas, Scalia, Alito and Roberts have made good on these promises. These are the justices who are responsible for the incredibly wasteful and inequitable law that allows corporations and millionaires to give unlimited amounts of money to candidates without having to disclose their donations.

The result is the infuriating barrage of political ads that do nothing to inform anyone but still may decide the election. These are the justices who wanted to overturn the Affordable Care Act, and even when Roberts disagreed with the others, he managed to undermine previous rulings that allowed national interest to supersede business interests. These are also the justices who will make abortion illegal under any circumstances if Romney gets to appoint another justice like them, no matter what Romney says his current position on abortion is.

This election is about what kind of justices we want making decisions about what is legal in our country for the next 20 to 30 years. Romney will appoint activist justices who have agendas to carry out.

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President Obama has been criticized for listening too much to all positions on issues before making decisions, but for that reason I trust him to appoint justices who instead make decisions based on the Constitution, legal precedents and a fair-minded assessment of the specific cases brought before them, just as the founders of our government envisioned.

Marilyn Cooper




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