Skip to comments.Bush's master stroke: In Harriet Miers, he has nominated the anti-Earl Warren
Posted on 10/03/2005 6:51:30 PM PDT by nwrep
In nominating a fundamentalist, literalist, evangelical Christian without a judicial trail, President Bush may have pulled off what could well be conservative response to Earl Warren.
In Harriet Miers, an avowed born-again Christian and faithful member of a Dallas conservative congregation for 25 years, social conservatives have the ultimate prize - namely, a Christian activist on the nation's highest court.
In reaching this conclusion, one need not look beyond the socio-political makeup of the contemporary protestant evangelical denominations. On issue after issue, their value system and belief structure is completely and irreconcilably at odds with the prevailing liberal dogma.
From the literalist interpretation of Biblical events like creation, to the young earth theory, to Intelligent Design, to absolutist positions on sodomy and homosexuality, to strongly patriotic and originalist beliefs, to the belief in "American exceptionalism", to the love of guns, and so on, you could, with very high certainty, establish the conservative credentials of someone who is a fundamentalist Christian today.
That is not to say that exceptions exist even within such congregations, and not everyone agrees with these views with equal fervor. But there can be no doubt that someone who has felt comfortable within such a denomination for 25 years would be very comfortable with this set of values.
With Harriet Miers, the President has delivered a double whammy to the left - a conservative evangelical, and an individual without a judicial paper trail.
I believe that if you are a social conservative who wants decades of liberal judicial influences peeled back, Harriet Miers is a great start, and President Bush deserves praise.
Thanks for posting this. ;-D
Thank you sir! May I have another?! </sycophant>
Another squirrel, another vanity.
Bush knows her. Bush cares about the Court. I refuse to believe he sold out. Bush did the right thing.
So much for Article VI
----- Bush knows her. Bush cares about the Court. I refuse to believe he sold out. -------
This is the only part of your post I can agree 100% with.
Whether he did the right thing or not cannot be judged now. And, I don't want to find out too late. Sorry, this is serious business.
The only qualification needed so far was her NOMINATION. Unless you have a different Constitution than I do?
"if she is truly a born-again Christian, that is enough for me."
didn't Jimmah Cartah claim that he was likewise a born-again Christian?
Amen to that!
I think the right prosteth to quickly, and the left huggeth to soon... I sense a sandbag in the making.
What concerns me is this... if she is indeed a conservative, as we all hope, beating the drum about it could make the Dems that are happy about it, change their minds.
An interesting post. Thanks. It gives me another perspective I hadn't thought of. A friend who is a conservative told me this morning when she heard the nomination announced that she thought GW was brilliant. You wouldn't think so from all the flak, but perhaps he really and truly is.
I get really sick of hearing this.
How many times on FR have Freepers with a lay background made more sense than the highly qualified judges issuing rulings?
Seriously, even Antonin Scalia went along with the majority that Interstate Commerce involved something that neither involved commerce nor moved interstate, because he wanted it to be so under the Necessary and Proper clause - but if that clause in turn means what Scalia wants it to mean, what meaning does it really have?
If Miers is a third-tier lawyer who holds onto a quant notion that words have a specific meaning, isn't that friggin' better than a Harvard-educated lawyer and judge who believes that words mean what he wants them to mean?
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