I do not know whence came the following text, but it deserves attention It was posted at the eschaton Crack Den this morning:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) was among those who denounced yesterday's Supreme Court ruling upholding the Federal Partial Birth Abortion Act. Commenting on the decision, Reid said "A lot of us wish that Alito weren't there and O'Connor were there," indicating his desire that there has been a fifth vote to invalidate the statute, as Justice O'Connor had provided the fifth vote to invalidate Nebraska's partial-birth abortion ban in Stenberg v. Carhart.
What is curious about Reid's statement, as NPR and some news outlets have noted, is not Reid's criticism of Alito -- Reid opposed Alito's confirmation -- but the fact that Reid supported, and voted for, the federal statute upheld in yesterday's decision. . . .
So, despite his repeated support of legislative restrictions on abortion, Reid's latest comment suggests that he believes the Supreme Court's decision was regrettable and wrongly decided, and that a law that he supported is unconstitutional. To me, the latter is of greater concern. Call me old fashioned, but I believe that if a member of the Senate believes a law is unconstitutional, he or she should vote against it.
wonderin' 04.19.07 - 11:20 am
Harry Reid and the other Dumbofux who voted FOR this piece of shit legislation, did so for the political cover. They were relying on the SCOTUS to rule it unconstitutional, as they had 7 years prior, when a virtually identical piece of shit bill , passed by the FUCKTARD legislature in Pennsylvania, made its way to the Court.
Then Sandra Day O'Connor--may she rot slowly and painfully, unable to move in her own filth, from some horrible condition, and may one of her grand-daughters get knocked up by a meth dealer to bear a genetically damaged child--decided to resign. The Senate confirmed Alito, a sworn opponent of Choice. Reid voted against Alito--but tacitly approved the gang of 14 arrangement that prevented Dems from filibustering the appointment of either Roberts as Chief or Scalito as Assoc., in return for the Pukes refraining from the Nukular Option.
So Antonin Kennedy officially joined the Opus Dei band--Roberts, Scalia, Alito & Thomas--to throw US jurisprudence into the laps of the Vatican Curia.
This proves once again, to me, the wisdom of the following dictum, articulated by JFK, to allay the fears of the voters that he might preside too much in the shadow of Rome:
Whatever issue may come before me as President--on birth control, divorce, censorship, gambling or any other subject--I will make my decision in accordance with these views, in accordance with what my conscience tells me to be the national interest, and without regard to outside religious pressures or dictates. And no power or threat of punishment could cause me to decide otherwise.
But if the time should ever come--and I do not concede any conflict to be even remotely possible--when my office would require me to either violate my conscience or violate the national interest, then I would resign the office; and I hope any conscientious public servant would do the same.
Antonin Kennedy, in writing his decision, clearly demonstrated he shares not a scintilla of the same conscience that animated that other, more honorable Kennedy.