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Tuesday, November 01, 2005

SCOTUS and the Constitution

The nomination and debate of Samuel Alito to SCOTUS has shown the importance that is attached to this particular nominated seat. If a conservative is installed it finally turns the balance of perceived ideology on SCOTUS to the conservative. The truth is that I want someone on the Supreme Court that will decide the case based on the interpretation of the law as each case comes to it based on the merits of the case itself, not the political make-up of the bench or the political mood of the country. I also do not want the SCOTUS to CREATE and enforce law. I want the court to interpret the Constitution and compare the cases that come before it against the Constitution. The Constitution is NOT a living document. If liberals want to to change the Constitution then do so by the method that the framers and founders intended, through amendments. I am no scholar on the Constitution. I know, however, that the decisions by the justices that sit on the Supreme Court affect me and my family in profound ways at times. That is why this particular nomination is so important.

For a great discussion on the nomination of Alito and how it affects SCOTUS and how the Constitution is viewed, go here. Radioblogger has compiled a discussion between Erwin Chemerinsky, law professor at Duke Law School, and John Eastman, law professor at Chapman University School of Law, moderated by Hugh Hewitt. It's a long read but a good one to understand the different viewpoints of liberals and conservatives and the importance both put on the nomination of Alito.

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