Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Justice League

In case you had any doubt about whether or not John McCain was planning on being yet another George W. Bush, look no further than his comments about selecting judicial nominees. As I’ve said before, it all comes down to three little words: the Supreme Court.

Mr. McCain, who since the presidency of Ronald Reagan has been a loyal soldier but not a major player in the effort to put more conservatives on the federal courts, cited Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. as models of the kind of jurists he would nominate. He sharply criticized his Democratic competitors, Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton, for voting against their nominations.

So for those of you who think that voting for John McCain won’t lead to more justices like Antonin Scalia, who sees the Constitution as a “dead letter” in terms of adapting to the 21st Century (apparently what was good for an 18th century mainly rural nation of 18 million people with no standing army, no mass communication beyond a newspaper, and medicine that still believed in bleeding is good enough for today) or those who think that being gay means a denial of fundamental rights and responsibilities or that a woman’s uterus belongs to the state and absolute strangers like Phyllis Schlafly, and that Mr. McCain isn’t doing everything he possibly can to be in league with the hard right core of ignorant tight-asses just for the sake of soothing their hurt feelings over Mike Huckabee, then you haven’t been paying attention or you don’t really care.

Four more years of this right-wing pandering and promises can lead to a generation or more of marching backwards to patriarchy, denigration, and intolerance.