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Specter: The Democratic Trojan Horse
NeoVista ^ | 11/05/2004 | Bob Gonzalez

Posted on 11/05/2004 3:33:16 PM PST by etradervic

After a series of defeats in both the Legislative and Executive branches of Government, the Democratic Party’s last hope to promote their liberal social agenda is to seed the Judiciary with activist Judges who will legislate from the bench. If the American Constitution or a State Constitution does not state what these Leftists think that it should, they will divine the law through implication. Their subterfuge, which Senator Specter embraces, is that the Constitution is a “living, evolving document.” The reason why this statement is so self-damning is that the means established for evolution of the Constitution is the responsibility of the Representatives elected by the Voters and the ratification process necessary to pass an Amendment. Modification of the Constitution by Judges believing that they are empowered to “evolve” the Constitution is anathema. If the Left desires to amend the Constitution, these Socialists are obliged to convince the American Voter and not inflict their rejected mores upon Americans via the tyranny of the bench.

If there is a mandate in the election of 2004, it is clearly one that opposes this type of discordant Judiciary which Senator Specter considers his ideal. State after State spoke clearly and loudly with their votes on Marriage Ballot initiatives that the law shall be created by Representative Government and not by the Judiciary. Senator Specter has become a Democratic “Magic Bullet” who can serve to impose their Leftist Doctrine upon the public by ensuring, as Judiciary Committee Chairman, the propagation upon the Supreme Court of activist Judges who will govern rather than adjudicate from the bench. At the same time, if Senator Specter is successful in fashioning the Supreme Court according to his vision, he will become a catalyst of a Republican Party schism that will persevere for many elections to come.

TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: judges; specter; supremecourt
There is a good reason why Specter was endorsed by liberal organizations. He would have been defeated in the PA Republican Primary if not for Bush's endorsement.
1 posted on 11/05/2004 3:33:16 PM PST by etradervic
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To: etradervic

Specter was the inspiration for Gene Hackman's drag queen role in Birdcage.

2 posted on 11/05/2004 3:34:12 PM PST by pypo (I support our troops' Commander-in-Chief)
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To: etradervic

We voted against Arlie Sphincter, but the lib-dem Philly sh!thole cancelled us out, and then some. He's liberal garbage.

3 posted on 11/05/2004 3:36:51 PM PST by 7.62 x 51mm (• veni • vidi • vino • visa • "I came, I saw, I drank wine, I shopped")
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To: 7.62 x 51mm
"We voted again Arlie Sphincter....."

Yeah, but it's a really REALLY good year when you get to vote AGAINST ol' Arlen twice in the same election season.

4 posted on 11/05/2004 4:23:28 PM PST by penowa
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To: 7.62 x 51mm

Y'all need to do like West Virginia did back in the 1860's and secede and form a new state that is more in tune with your values. There are several states ripe for this, NY, PA, IL, WI, MI, MO, OR, and WA.

5 posted on 11/05/2004 4:24:24 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (God is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

I'm (PA) with you, BoT...

6 posted on 11/05/2004 4:28:44 PM PST by 7.62 x 51mm (• veni • vidi • vino • visa • "I came, I saw, I drank wine, I shopped")
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To: etradervic

Specter is Liberalism's trojan horse, not a democrat party trojan horse.

7 posted on 11/05/2004 4:29:05 PM PST by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support from someone. Promote life support for others.)
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To: etradervic

Specter must be set aside.

Nor is he likely at his age to seek another term. He is a loose cannon. Time to tie him down.

8 posted on 11/05/2004 4:30:26 PM PST by xzins
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To: etradervic

You have a problem with SPECTOR, call James Bond.

9 posted on 11/05/2004 4:33:36 PM PST by matchwood
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To: etradervic
Pennsylvania: Has Your Senator Begun to Rust ?

Hey Hey My My Will Senate Septuagenarians Ever Die

Brought to you in Specter-Vision formerly Rust-O-Vision

10 posted on 11/05/2004 4:36:11 PM PST by Helms
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To: 7.62 x 51mm; etradervic; pypo
Senator Specter has an Agenda — Liberal Judges

“President Bush ran forthrightly on a clear agenda for this nation’s future, and the nation responded by giving him a mandate.” – Remarks by Vice President Cheney introducing President Bush for his victory speech, Ronald Reagan Building, November 3, 2004.

President Bush’s margin of victory proves that we “have a narrowly divided country, and that’s not a traditional mandate…the number-one item on my agenda is to try to move the party to the center.” – Sen. Arlen Specter, November 3, 2004.

Senator Arlen Specter's shocking comments the day after President Bush's decisive re-election raise troubling concersn

    Specter denied the legitimacy of President Bush’s historic mandate.

  • Specter announced a pro-abortion litmus test for the president’s judicial nominees. Specter claims that Roe v. Wade is “inviolate” and insists that “nobody can be confirmed today who does not agree with it.”

  • Specter’s illegal litmus test would disqualify all constitutionalist nominees from serving on the Supreme Court of the United States and the lower federal courts.

  • Specter’s illegal litmus test demands that all nominees violate the canons of judicial ethics by announcing or pledging how they will vote in a particular case.

  • Specter will not promise to support the President’s nominees. Instead, he merely “hopes” that he can support them. The day after the election, when a reporter asked Specter if he would support the president’s nominees, the senator hesitated and equivocated: “I am hopeful that I’ll be able to do that. That obviously depends upon the president’s judicial nominees. I’m hopeful that I can support them.”

  • Specter criticized President Bush’s first-term judicial nominees: “The nominees whom I supported in committee, I had reservations on.”

  • Specter insulted Janice Rogers Brown, president Bush’s nominee to the important U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. Specter referred to Brown, a distinguished conservative and the first African American woman to serve on the California Supreme Court, as “the woman judge out of California” who he had reservations about.

  • Specter insulted the entire Supreme Court of the United States, including Chief Justice Rehnquist and Justices Scalia and Thomas. When a reporter asked Specter “Are you saying that there is not greatness” on the Supreme Court, Specter replied: “Yes. Can you take yes for an answer?”

  • Specter’s comments reveal that, like Sen. Kerry and Sen. Daschle, Specter favors judges who follow politics and popular opinion, not the Constitution and the rule of law.

  • Specter accused President Bush of ignoring the Senate’s advise and consent role: “The Constitution has a clause called advise and consent, the advise part is traditionally not paid a whole lot of attention to, I wouldn’t say quite ignored, but close to that.”

  • Specter wants to encroach upon the president’s appointment power. Obstructionist Democrats filibustered ten of President Bush’s appeals court nominees. Now Specter wants the Senate to become MORE involved in judicial appointments: “My hope is that the Senate will be more involved in expressing our views.”

Specter's record over the last 20 years demonstrated a pattern of very troubling conduct on Judiciary Committee issues

    Specter fought against the distinguished Judge Robert H. Bork, betraying President Reagan and his fellow Republicans.

  • Specter voted against Judge Bork on the judiciary committee, and against Bork’s confirmation on the Senate floor. By joining liberal Democratic senators and radical left-wing groups in their opposition to Judge Bork, Specter gave those groups aid and comfort, and was instrumental in Judge Bork’s defeat.

  • Judge Bork warned Americans that Specter does not understand the Constitution and that Specter, along with Senate Democrats “professed horror at the thought that a judge must limit his rulings to the principles in the actual Constitution.”

  • President Ronald Reagan called the left-wing assault against Judge Bork “an unprecedented political attack” on a Supreme Court nominee and “a tragedy for our country.” Specter rebuffed President Reagan’s plea to support Judge Bork.

  • Specter helped defeat the nomination of conservative Jeff Sessions for a federal judgeship.

  • Specter warned filibustered appeals court nominee William Pryor that just because he voted for him on the committee did not mean that he would vote on the Senate floor for his confirmation.

  • The “National Review” exposed Specter as “The Worst Republican Senator” in a prominent September 1, 2003 cover story. According to “National Review,” Specter “is not a team player…is an abortion rights absolutist, a dogged advocate of racial preferences, a bitter foe of tax reform, a firm friend of the International Criminal Court.”

  • Specter refuses to support the elevation of Justice Clarence Thomas to Chief Justice: “I’d have to think about that,” Specter equivocated. Ditto for Justice Antonin Scalia: “I’d have to think about that too.” Specter once slandered Justice Thomas as a “disappointment.”

The Chairman of the Senate Judiciary committee must be someone devoted to the Constitution as written and the rule of law

    The situation is urgent. Chief Justice Rehnquist is gravely ill. A Supreme Court vacancy is imminent.

  • President Bush may be called upon to nominate a Supreme Court justice within the next several weeks.

  • Court watchers predict as many as three Supreme Court vacancies during President Bush’s second term.

  • President Bush will likely have a historic, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to return the Supreme Court to constitutionalist principles.

  • The President needs as chairman of the Senate Judiciary committee a loyal, reliable, conservative partner who will shepherd his nominees through the confirmation process.

  • Under intense political pressure, Specter tried to recant portions of his post-election statements the day after he uttered them. That means nothing. His 20-year record of party disloyalty and tormenting conservative nominees means everything.

  • As chairman, Specter will act as a vexatious intermeddler, second-guessing President Bush’s Supreme Court and lower court nominations. This imperils the President’s legacy.

  • Under the Senate’s seniority rules, Specter is slated to take over the Judiciary Committee, but under Senate rules and procedures, he can be stopped from becoming committee chairman.

  • The window of opportunity to stop Specter is limited. Once he becomes chairman, it will be impossible to unseat him.

11 posted on 11/06/2004 3:33:53 AM PST by Happy2BMe (It's 10 PM on November 2nd, 2004 - DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR VOTES ARE?)
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