Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Kagan Nomination Threatens American Sovereignty

Elena Kagan on the Supreme Court would be a threat to American sovereignty. She would move the U.S. Supreme Court further left.

Just look at what she has done and said:

 She unabashedly acclaims a foreign judge known for judicial activism as her hero.

 As the Dean of Harvard’s Law School, she denied U.S. military recruiters access to Harvard Law School campus facilities even though she broke Federal law by denying access. Her position was even overwhelmingly rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court in an 8-0 decision with even Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg opposing Kagan’s position.

 While at Harvard Law, she excluded Constitutional Law as a course requirement while requiring International and Comparative Law.

 In 2005, she supported the terrorists’ petition to civil review denouncing efforts to try terrorists in military tribunals. . She and three other liberal law school deans compared Congress’s bipartisan effort to clarify the laws on the War on Terror with the “fundamentally lawless” actions of a “dictatorship.”

 In the words of an Obama White House legal counsel, “She is largely a progressive in the mold of Obama himself.”

And let’s look in more detail at Elena Kagan’s praise – in her own words -- for that foreign judge Aharon Barak:

“I told [the judge], and I want to repeat in public, that he [Aharon Barak] is my judicial hero. He is the judge or Justice in my lifetime whom [sic], I think, best represents and has best advanced the values of democracy and human rights, of the rule of law and of justice.”

However, according to Seventh Circuit Judge Richard A. Posner, her model is an interventionist and judicial activist, one who considers legal interpretation to be fluid and “dynamic.” For Aharon Barak, the wording of a statute can take on “new meaning.” Posner writes:

“[o]ne of the most prominent of the aggressively interventionist foreign judges….[H]is book on judging is Exhibit A for why American judges should be wary about citing foreign judicial decisions…. Although Barak is familiar with the American legal system and supposes himself to be in some sort of sync with liberal American judges, he actually inhabits a completely and, to an American, weirdly different juristic universe.…”

Justice Richard Goldstone who was the chief prosecutor for criminal tribunals in Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia concurs with Judge Posner and writes that, “[Aharon Barak] is unashamedly what, in U.S. terms, would be regarded as an ‘activist judge.’ ” Aharon Barak’s words confirm that a judge can practically generate a new law:

“The judge may give a statute a new meaning, a dynamic meaning, that seeks to bridge the gap between law and life’s changing reality.... The [wording of the] statute remains as it was, but its meaning changes, because the court has given it a new meaning....”

Elena Kagan’s praise of Barak needs to be investigated by the Senate. Is this the kind of U.S. Supreme Court Justice she would be?

If you can believe what Kagan says and writes, she would be an activist judge who thinks the Constitution has no fixed meaning and foreign laws should be given weight in determining what the U.S. Constitution means. This is not a nomination that bodes well for the Supreme Court, for the Constitution and for the liberties that Americans have enjoyed because of that Constitution.

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Obama Administration Apology Tour Continues

A few weeks ago an Obama Administration official continued the Obama apology tour. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Michel Posner told Chinese officials that the enforcement of federal immigration laws in Arizona was racial discrimination or potential discrimination. He said: "We brought it up early and often. It was mentioned in the first session, and as a troubling trend in our society and an indication that we have to deal with issues of discrimination or potential discrimination, and that these are issues very much being debated in our own society.” Of course, China has a terrible human rights record

Assistant Secretary Posner was referring to the recently enacted Arizona law S.B. 1070, which required enforcement of federal law! The bill reads: “No official or agency of the this state or a county, city, town or other political subdivision of this state may adopt a policy that limits or restricts the enforcement of federal immigration laws to less than the full extent permitted by federal law.” He dismissed the law as an Arizona law fostering racial discrimination. In fact, the law reiterates and requires enforcement of federal law throughout the state of Arizona.

Besides Assistant Secretary Posner, other Obama Administration officials have spoken out against the Arizona law – much to everyone’s surprise, these high level officials have not read the law. Attorney General Eric Holder stated that the federal government might challenge the law, although he recently admitted during a Homeland Security Committee oversight hearing that he had not read the bill. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano also acknowledged that she had not read the bill before she publicly expressed concerns about it.

The Arizona Legislature specifically states that racial discrimination cannot trigger investigations particularly in reference to employment, “The attorney general or county attorney shall not investigate complaints that are based solely on race, color or national origin.”

Is China a country the Obama Administration should be apologizing to for a duly passed law in one of our states? Just a quick look at China’s record shows that the Obama Administration is way off base yet again.

The Chinese government has forced women to be sterilized and abort babies they wanted to keep. Chinese inmates are executed when organs are needed for transplants. Men and women are imprisoned for their religious beliefs, and freedom of expression and assembly are severely limited. The list is unending.

The Obama Administration does no good for human rights in China by comparing the U.S. record to China’s abominable record. The Obama State Department apologizes for and confesses the imaginary crimes of our nation to a country whose record on human rights is pitiful.

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