Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Ideology is (and should be) in play

If the Miers fiasco didn't reveal to everyone that ideology of judges actually matters, well, then I don't know what will.

It matters, and Alito's ideology is nowhere near what America actually wants.

-He believes that women and children should be subject to unwarranted bodily searches, because (in practice) they are much like property.
-He believes that women should not have the final say over what goes on in their own wombs.
-He believes that the family and medical leave act is unlawful, and he voted to overturn it.
-He believes that job discrimination on the basis of race, sex, or disability should be allowed.
-He believes that people infected with the AIDS virus should be subject to unreasonable job discrimination.
-The list goes on like this, each belief more twisted and strange than the last.

There is a reason Republicans are mad we are calling him "Scalito." It is because Americans know the original Scalia, and we know he is bat-shit insane.

There is a reason Luntz has a job. Republicans need names like "Healthy Forrest Initiative" to hide their true intentions. If it was actually called, truthfully, "hey, let's cut down some trees for lumber initiative", no one would support it.

The conservative philosophy is actually the minority one. Only through lies and obfuscation have they gained power. Yet, after 2004, those crazy conservatives became convinced they were in a majority (perhaps Bush shouldn't have said "mandate" so many times). They want their coming out party. They want Alito to get a bullhorn and tell the whole country exactly how he will "fix" the Supreme Court. They expect him to be embraced by at least 51% of America, and they want to rub our liberal noses in it.

I say let them speak. Let America know exactly who killed of Miers. Let America know why they are so excited about Alito. Let America know who actually runs the Republican Party.

There was a Gallup poll recently. One part really stood out:

If it becomes clear Alito would vote to reverse Roe v. Wade, Americans would not want the Senate to confirm him, by 53% to 37%.

This Alito nomination is not something to wring our hands over. It is a tremendous opportunity for progressives and liberals to show just how far to the extreme right the Republican Party has run.

There is little we can do to sway the minds of Senators. Our task is to simply tell the truth, and tell it to anyone who will listen. If America is made aware of Alito's beliefs, he can be stopped. We are a purple country, not a crimson one.


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