O'Connor retires - what nextThe fireworks are set for Monday, the 4th of July, but Sandra Day O'Connor's retirement have set off the early rounds in what will be a very interesting confirmation process.
First off you all need to know who are the likely nominees to the seat. There are a number of highly qualified persons mentioned, although the Post does not mention any women and there are two women from the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals who could get the nod if the president decides to replace O'Connor with a woman. But there is a lot of conversation that the president may go to his home state of Texas and tap Emilio Garza.There are many who would like to see Samuel Alito chosen, but there is the rumor that he may be held until Rehnquist steps down. Then then are Hugh Hewitt's favorites, J. Michael Luttig and John G. Roberts, both of whom are younger and would be long term appointments.
Of course the key issue will be abortion. The press will try to frame it in terms of suppressing the "right" but it is very important that we remind everyone that this so called "right" was created by the Supreme Court, upheld by the Court, defended by the Court, and forced upon the American people by the Court. The decision on abortion in 1973 was a classic example of the law telling people that what was once a crime is now permissible and the people then concurring with the decision to their detriment. For the last 32 plus years, this nation has been torn asunder by the cause of legal abortion. It is time for us to deal with reality. Abortion kills a human being. Abortion harms the mother of that child, physically, emotionally, and/or spiritually. Abortion attacks the very nature and purpose of the human person and denies our fundamental connectedness as human beings. It attacks the notion held almost constantly for 2000 years that God created all of us and we are his creation, a wonder to behold. Regardless of the fallen nature of the human person, there has been a deeply held desire by people to make this world a better place for their children. You cannot do that if you do not have children.
The struggle to restore the proper role of the Supreme Court will determine if we as a nation are going to reclaim our right to be a free people or if we are going to turn over control to an oligarchy made up of five persons in black judicial robes.
When the courts once again respect the basic rights inherent in the human person, the right to life, the right to liberty and the right to property, then our courts will once again be in the service to the people. It starts at the top. Only persons who believe in the rule of law, the sanctity of human life and the limited role of the state to interfere in people's lives should be considered. Let us find a justice with some common sense.