March 30, 2012 |
It's no surprise that professional pundits are shocked that the U.S. Supreme Court's conservative majority appears ready to toss out the entire federal healthcare plan -- the plan Republicans delight in calling "Obamacare. " Self-proclaimed experts are often wrong, though that does not slow down their relentless prognostications and chatter. And it will be no surprise that conservatives who decry judicial activism will cheer the justices if they choose to engage in decidedly bold judicial activism by nullifying a major piece of legislation passed and approved by democratically elected members of the legislative and executive branches of government.
January 22, 2010 |
The Supreme Court's 5-4 decision holding that corporations and unions can spend unlimited amounts of money in election campaigns is a stunning example of judicial activism by its five most conservative justices. In striking down a federal statute and explicitly overturning prior decisions, the court has changed the nature of elections in the United States. At the same time, the conservative justices have demonstrated that decades of conservative criticism of judicial activism was nonsense.
July 12, 2009 |
When Judge Sonia Sotomayor goes before a Senate committee this week, she will be pressed to answer a question that has lingered since President Obama nominated her for the Supreme Court. If given a lifetime appointment, will she be a justice who views the law through a liberal lens shaped by her Latino heritage? Or will she follow her long track record as a moderate judge who sticks to the facts and the law regardless of the outcome?
May 14, 2009
Re "SOS for the GOP: The party establishment can't help -- it's the problem," Opinion, May 10 Richard A. Viguerie talks about getting back to the time-tested GOP principles of low taxes, a strong national defense and traditional values. The items that George W. Bush espoused when he ran for president were tax cuts, rebuilding our military and his view of religious social values. When elected, he governed by twice cutting taxes, made wild increases in military spending and created faith-based spending programs.
December 26, 2008
Re "Gay marriage ban overturned," May 16 On Thursday, four non-elected public servants betrayed 4,618,673 Californians in legalizing same-sex marriage. These judges decided that their opinion was more important than a law that 61% of California voters passed in 2000. Since when did judges make law? I swore that was the job of the legislative branch. Adam Cabrera Upland -- I know this is hard for evangelical primitivists to understand, but the California Supreme Court was not engaged in "judicial activism."
September 10, 2008
Re "Drug makers seek shield from suits," Sept. 7 The Times' article regarding shielding drug companies from suits, while attempting to be evenhanded, failed to mention an important point: The editorial staff of the New England Journal of Medicine, one of the most prestigious medical journals in the United States, made a strong argument against preemption in its May 1, 2008, issue and has since filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court....