As most people have figured out, every presidential election is about judges, judges and judges. We live in a climate where, contrary to the wishes of the country’s founders, a handful of judges is making more and more decisions for the people. Of course, the most notorious example is the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision where seven justices overturned the laws of all 50 states and gave us abortion on demand by fiat.
John McCain understands that judicial appointments are virtually the top issue for many Americans. In a recent address to students at Wake Forest University, McCain carefully and thoughtfully laid out the criteria for selecting judicial candidates and why it is so important to the future of America.
McCain said: “In America, the constitutional restraint on power is as fundamental as the exercise of power…..the framers knew exactly what they were doing, and the system of checks and balances rarely disappoints…..There is one great exception in our day, however, and that is the common and systematic abuse of our federal courts by the people we entrust with judicial power…..I will look for accomplished men and women with a proven record of excellence in the law, and a proven commitment to judicial restraint. I will look for people in the cast of John Roberts, Samuel Alito, and my friend the late William Rehnquist.”
McCain went on to point out what we all know — that Senator Obama has very different ideas. John Roberts wasn’t good enough for him so Obama voted against his confirmation. Why? Well, explained Obama, a justice of the court should share “one’s deepest values, one’s core concerns, one’s broader perspectives on how the world works, and the depth and breadth of one’s empathy.” Huh??? I guess you and I could qualify under that criteria.
Howard Dean is already bashing McCain for wanting judges who will limit abortions and one day overturn Roe. Sounds good to me.