Friday, November 14, 2008
Obama and the Supremes
"On the Supreme Court, six of the current nine justices will be 70 years old or older on Janaury 20, 2009. There is a widespread expectation that the next president could make four appointments in just his first term, with maybe two more in a second term. Here too we are poised for heavy change. These numbers ought to raise serious concern because of Mr. Obama's extreme left-wing views about the role of judges. He believes--and he is quite open about this--that judges ought to decide cases in light of the empathy they ought to feel for the little guy in any lawsuit. ... On this view, plaintiffs should usually win against defendants in civil cases; criminals in cases against the police; consumers, employees and stockholders in suits brought against corporations; and citizens in suits brought against the government. Empathy, not justice ought to the the mission of the federal courts, and the redistribution of wealth should be their mantra. ... This raises the question of whether Mr.Obama can in good faith take the presidential oath to 'preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution' as he must do if he is to take office", my emphasis, Steven Calabresi (SC) at the WSJ, 28 October 2008.
SC is a Northwestern University professor. I agree with SC about Obama. Obama has no concept of law as I understand it. So? How does that distinguish him from our current President? The difference I see is: who Obama thinks a judge should side with.