September 20, 2005
Re "Roberts Gains Respect, if Not Converts," Sept. 16 What is the Constitution? Is it a "living Constitution" (Earl Warren) or a "dead Constitution" (Justice Antonin Scalia)? Is it a "flexible Constitution" (FDR)? Thomas Jefferson felt that the Constitution ought to be changed every generation. In my own view, as a political scientist, I go along with Roosevelt's definition: It is a flexible document that can be "stretched" to fit existing conditions. From John G. Roberts Jr.'s testimony, I gather he will be neither Warren nor William H. Rehnquist but his own man who will judge cases as he sees them without prejudice.
September 20, 2012 |
"Good Morning America's" Robin Roberts is set to undergo her bone marrow transplant Thursday and in advance of the procedure, she released a video message to fans recorded in her hospital room. "This journey is as much about the mind as it is the body," Roberts said, looking tired from her 11 days of chemotherapy in preparation for the transplant. "Your thoughts. Thoughts are so powerful. You've got to change the way you think in order to change the way you feel. And let me just say this lastly, I feel the love and I thank you for it. Thank you. " The video aired this morning on "GMA," the ABC morning show from which Roberts is on an indefinite leave until she regains her strength.
March 6, 2010 |
NBC anchor Brian Williams' train was just pulling into Washington's Union Station on Thursday afternoon when he read an urgent bulletin on his BlackBerry: U.S. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. was contemplating stepping down, according to a report on RadarOnline. "It struck me as odd," Williams said. "What I know about Radar does not include their Supreme Court reporting." Still, the possibility that President Obama would have to fill another opening on the bench put Williams, a Supreme Court buff, into breaking-news mode.
September 22, 2005
Your Sept. 20 editorial advocates that Democrats in the Senate vote to "Confirm Roberts." Why? John G. Roberts Jr. has an extensive record of advocating positions that are in opposition to core Democratic beliefs; voting for his confirmation would be voting against those beliefs. Roberts will be confirmed. The American people assured that when they turned control of the Senate over to the Republicans. The Democrats are the opposition party, so why shouldn't they oppose? Your editorial makes no sense.
August 14, 2005
Re "Bush Order Lets Him Control Roberts' Memos," Aug. 11 I'm not being facetious: I really don't understand. Please write an editorial and explain to me why, unless it's truly a matter of national security, should any president be allowed to control access to a former president's documents that were discharged as part of his official duties? Even the claim of lawyerclient privilege is specious unless it is from consultations with the president's private, non-taxpayer-paid attorney.
August 1, 2005
As a Republican partisan, John G. Roberts Jr. worked to give legal advice to President Bush's team in Florida in its fight over the election of 2000. Forget his minority position on reproductive choice, his ultra-right-wing history, his rich-white-guy status, all of which I see as reasons we should have a different choice for the Supreme Court. His role in deciding the 2000 election for Bush is enough to discredit him as a nominee for Supreme Court justice. For if ever there was a partisan decision that over half the country disagreed with (remember the popular vote)