With the announcement of Justice Souter’s retirement, President Obama will have his first chance to affect the makeup of the US Supreme Court. This is the most long lasting impact that any sitting POTUS can have on the United States of America during the course of normal events. Effectively appointed for lifetime terms, SCOTUS judges’ rulings and power normally last far longer than that of the Presidents who appoint them or the Congresses that approve them.
So what are President Obama’s criteria for his selection of his first SCOTUS appointee? Experience? President Obama – or his teleprompter – has already told America what his criteria are for anyone he appoints as a US Supreme Court Justice:
We need somebody who’s got the heart, the empathy, to recognize what it’s like to be a young teenage mom. The empathy to understand what it’s like to be poor, or African-American, or gay, or disabled, or old. And that’s the criteria by which I’m going to be selecting my judges.
– Sen. Barack Obama
Washington D.C. Planned Parenthood Conference, July, 2007
So Obama’s dream SCOTUS judge would be a crippled old Black woman who had been an unwed teen or pre-teen mother – baby mama – before deciding that she was a lesbian, preferable one who got into college and then law school based upon some racialist scholarship and affirmative action subsidy.
Pretty standard 1st Tier criteria for the US Postal Service and many local fire departments, but not so good for the highest court in the land - if that land is still to be America.
An American President would desire – and base his choice of appointee upon – a US Supreme Court Justice that had a firm understanding of US Law, the scope and limits of the roles of the three branches of government, and most importantly the US Constitution. But Obama is a Liberal President and they have far different ideas and goals.
Of course this is absolutely no shock whatsoever; every American knew that Obama was far, far more interested in furthering “judicial activism” than in preserving American law. Remember this is the man who said aloud that the Warren Court, with all of its violation of the Separation of Powers and the 10th Amendment, didn’t go far enough when it came to Blacks and the Civil Rights laws.
A 2001 radio interview of Barack Obama surfaced yesterday in which he said that “one of the tragedies of the Civil Rights movement,” and one of the limitations of the Warren Supreme Court, was that although they won such formal rights as the right to vote and “sit at the lunch counter and order,” they “never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth.”
While Americans were expecting this, it’s still a sad thing to see happen to this once great land. At least it came quickly which is something of a mercy since it eliminates the vain hope that we might somehow have avoided the compromising and corruption of the 3rd and final branch of the US government. As of this posting we’re 102 days into the Long Night and counting as, one by one, the lights of America go dark.