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Obama’s Opportunity

April 29, 2010 by  

The pending retirement of Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens gives President Barack Obama an opportunity to shape court decisions for many years to come. Let’s hope he makes a wise decision.

Unfortunately, his radical leftist views that the United States Constitution is a “charter of negative liberties” and his prior choice of Sonya Sotamayor—who as an appellate judge ruled that the New Haven fire department’s promotion test was discriminatory because no minorities scored well enough for promotion—to the Supreme Court don’t augur well for liberty.

Liberals like to say the Constitution is a “living, breathing document,” because that allows activist judges to create “rights” out of thin air in order to advance an agenda. But what is needed are strict constructionist justices who are willing to go back and see what the Founding Fathers intended when they wrote the document.

“On every question of construction,” wrote Thomas Jefferson, “carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text or invented against it, conform to the probable one which was passed.”

The Founders understood that government could easily become the enemy of the people. So they wrote a Constitution that put restraints on the government.

If we are to remain free we need to watch closely the people Obama nominates for the courts—the Supreme Court most importantly. They must be people who recognize the role of government. They must understand that the Constitution was written to protect the citizens from its government, not the government from its citizens. They must recognize that all men are created equal, and that no group or class is more equal than another. If not, we must do all we can to block them.

Because, as Samuel Adams said, “[W]ithout liberty and equality [under the law], there cannot exist that tranquility of mind, which results from the assurance of this to every citizen, that his own personal safety and rights are secure … it is the end and design of all free and lawful Governments.”

Bob Livingston

is an ultra-conservative American and author of The Bob Livingston Letter™, founded in 1969. Bob has devoted much of his life to research and the quest for truth on a variety of subjects. Bob specializes in health issues such as nutritional supplements and alternatives to drugs, as well as issues of privacy (both personal and financial), asset protection and the preservation of freedom.

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  • Robin from Arcadia, IN

    Stopping Obama and his band of merry Democrats seems impossible. I sincerely hope and pray that we will see more honest men and women elected into our government; we need some people in power that have some common sense and know right from wrong. It isn’t right versus left. It’s right versus wrong!

  • Mark D.

    I agree with Robin – knowing right versus wrong seems a rare commodity these days. I would also add, one of the most serious “wrongs” of our day is simply voting against the people in power without studying, understanding and knowing the person you are voting for. Our current situation illustrates this painfully well.

    And Bob is correct in emphasizing the importance of Supreme Court appointments. It is the most lasting and irrevocable mistake a President can, and often does, make.

  • Dianna

    The importance of protecting the people from government is pretty clear. Looking at the words, the people. I’d like to see a justice appointed who gets the concept of “people” as persons, as mom, dad, sister, brother, aunt, uncle, cousin…human beings. I love my horses but I’m willing to exclude them from definition as people. Giving corporations personhood was a really bad idea. Not respectful of common intelligence, let alone God.

  • bullit_16

    Maybe Obama will appoint activist judges like the judges that handed down the ruling in this case, CITIZENS UNITED v. FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION, which overruled the Congress and the President. I think that activist judges are the ones that rule against what I like and for the thing I do not like.

  • GregS

    I’m just thankful that a conservative justice didn’t retire!

  • s c

    Jefferson wasn’t merely right. He was profound. It’s tragic that his rare qualities are routinely dismissed as archaic or old-fashioned or typical of an age that has come and gone.
    What is truly “gone” is the presence of quality people who put the love of and for America before their own unenlightened self-interests. America is so stoned on sold-out politics that it would take a threat from God Himself for some people to think twice about continuing to make America suffer because they have seen the ‘true light of social engineering.’ As a result of this manufactured paranoid schizophrenia, America and its destiny are in question.
    Can anyone out there have doubts as to why America is so screwed-up and how we got that way? If America ever needed TRUE leadership from someone like Jefferson and a small, select group of Revolutionary War intellectuals, it’s NOW.
    Obummer is no substitute. He’s not even close. On his best day, he’s nothing more than a tin-plated pretender.

  • s c

    For those who follow up on older topics, know that your doubts about ‘The Anointed One’ were justified. Consummate puppet that he is, Herr Obummer followed the advice his masters gave him [do you really think this pretender can make an independent decision?], and America has been screwed once again.
    For future reference, you can think of Sotomayor and Kagan as Her Obummer’s Supreme Court czars. Once again, America has been back-stabbed by its ‘Dear Leader.’ If there are any fence-sitters on the S C, America might as well get used to the idea that Uncle Scam has no use for thos who love freedom. What did we do to deserve a domestic enemy in the White House?

  • http://yahoo.com L.M.Howell

    We all know that Our no good president is an imposter. He more than likely stays awake at night thinking what else he can tax to hurt the American people. It is a crying shame that he was voted in as president. He doesn’t know how to tell the truth. Now he is vowing to do this and do that in order to get his dirty bunch back in. American is going down hill fast and soon we will be like other countries, told what we can do and what we can’t.

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