July 1st, 2005

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O'Connor Resigns

Sandra Day O'Connor has resigned from the Supreme Court. I thought last summer was bad with all the election rancor. This is going to be a long nasty summer in Washington.

"A nation's success or failure in achieving democracy is judged in part by how well it responds to those at the bottom and the margins of the social order... The very problems that democratic change brings -- social tension, heightened expectations, political unrest -- are also strengths. Discord is a sign of progress afoot; unease is an indication that a society has let go of what it knows and is working out something better and new." Justice Sandra Day O'Connor

I doubt Bush will nominate anyone who believes any of that.

"With O'Connor's exit, the court will move in one of two directions. No, not right or left. With O'Connor out, the court will either go backward or forward.

If President Bush nominates and the Senate confirms an activist soulmate for Scalia and Thomas, the court will not simply become more conservative.

It will move back toward the days before Presidents Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower used their nominations in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s to wrench the judicial branch out of a dark and undistinguished past. Those selections made the Supreme Court a functional branch of government, rather than an obstructionist defender of an often corrupt old order."

I fear this is where we are headed.

Please sign the petition at the link below asking our leaders for a consensus nomination as Sandra Day O'Connor's replacement.

http://www.democraticaction.org/ftaf/consensusjudge.html