ARE WE A COUNTRY STEPPING INTO THE FUTURE or a nation falling back into the past? George Bush has nominated John Roberts to succeed William Rehnquist as Chief Justice of the United States of America. Sandra Day O'Connor will stay on until her replacement is found. AP STORYWHITE HOUSE ANNOUNCEMENT
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SAYING IT IS SO does not make something so. MEDIA GIRL isn't buying Bush's pitch that John Roberts has won the nation's confidence:
Really? I thought his confirmation hearings haven't even started yet.
How did he earn the nation's confidence, when nobody had even heard of
him six weeks ago?
We're going to see more of this contempt for the truth, and we're going to see more of this lying in the face of reality. [more]
THE HERETIK ASKS what the rush is with Roberts when Rehnquist's body still hasn't been buried. This announcement comes on Labor Day. Anything to disract people from the twin realities of disaster in Iraq and in wake of Katrina are the political order of the day.
Judge Dredd may have been a lame 1990's sci-fi/action film starring a
sagging Sly Stallone. But Judge Dredd Roberts is real life horror film.
He ain't no Dread Pirate Roberts.
His soft, cushy boyish exterior will soon reveal a hardened heart, a
programmed brain and a ruthless vacuous soul. A Chief Justice Roberts
is not only Chief Justice of the Court, but he is Chief Justice of the United States.
THE HERETIK IS REMINDED that a Boy President with little previous, successful job experience as an executive now nominates a boy lawyer turned judge with little experience on the bench for the most important legal job in the country. And Bush wants it done NOW!
IMPATIENCE GOT US THE PATRIOT ACT without debate, which intrusions and expansions of executive power John Roberts would only further support.
IMPATIENCE GOT US THE WAR IN IRAQ with its promise of a rose petalled beginning, with no end now in sight. The Heretik again asks what is the rush with Roberts?
WOULD WE JUST BE RUSHING towards THE PAST? Roberts' views on the Commerce Clause threaten a rollback of much New Deal legislation. Security trumps liberty when he deals the cards. Would this SECURITY be on the table?
In the midst of a national disaster of biblical proportions, it is
difficult for the American people to participate fully in the selection
of the next Chief Justice, one of the most important positions in our
government and the chief protector of our constitution. Right now, as
they should be, the hearts and minds of the American people are focused
on helping the victims of the hurricane. Our response and focus to
Hurricane Katrina is a defining moment in our nation's history and a
test of our decency and humanity as a people. The White House,
Congress, and the American people must all focus together to address
the unprecedented human suffering and long term impact on our nation.
The President should take this time to unite and heal the country -- by
remaining focused on helping the hurricane victims recover, honoring
Chief Justice Rehnquist's memory by allowing the nation to mourn, and
taking time to ensure our next steps on the Supreme Court point the
country in the direction of progress.[more at TALK LEFT]
THE HERETIK RECOGNIZES BUSH'S STRONG LEADERSHIP Full speed . . . reverse.
SENATOR DOCTOR BILL FRIST ON MISTER ROBERTS
"Mr. Roberts is one of the most well qualified candidates to come before the Senate, said Senator William H. Frist, the Senate majority leader. "He will be an excellent chief. I still expect Judge Roberts to be confirmed before the Supreme Court starts its new term on Oct. 3." [NY TIMES]
THE HERETIK IS CERTAIN the other over fifty year old judicial candidates with more than two years experience totally agree that Roberts is the person most right for this job.
BUSH PUSHES THE ENVELOPE EVEN FURTHER
I'm beginning to think George Bush is playing a little game called "How far can I go before people give up defending me?" . . . .Seriously, if he keeps on this path, before his term is over, he'll be
ripping out the throats of puppies live on-air and I'll keep getting
emails from people asking why I hate the President.[AMANDA MARCOTTE/PANDAGON]
SOME DAYS YOU DO WANT TO THROW YOUR HANDS UP and give up. Then The Heretik does what any feeling person would do when watching Bush "perform". The Heretik throws up what he cannot stomach, then tells himself he must have the guts to endure more. Als find other metaphors to describe what Bush does. Metaphors to consider: violation, cancer, a fumble declared touchdown? Help me out here. And do more to stop this insanity.