Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Elections matter

Justice Scalia explains why the Supreme Court divides as it does on many issues, and one in particular. This is a very important reason why Presidential and Senatorial elections should matter very much to those of us who are pro-life, since Presidents appoint and Senators consent. Scalia:
.... Neither I, nor any one of my colleagues, votes a certain way because he or she likes this president or is a member of the party that that president belongs to. I couldn’t care less who the president is. They vote that way because that’s who they are. They were selected because of who they are.

So why should it be surprising, that when you have a Democratic Party that has been trying for years to appoint people who approve of Roe v. Wade—which means people who are not originalists, who do not stick to the text, who believe in substantive due process or whatever—why should it be surprising that when the Democrats have been doing that for 30 years at least, and the Republicans have been doing the opposite for 30 years, swearing that they’re going to appoint people who are not judicial activists, hew to the text, why should it be surprising? That you end up with a court where the Democratic appointees are quite different from the Republican appointees, I mean, you know, maybe the legislature and the president are not as stupid as you think.

But they assuredly pick those people because of who they are, and when they get to the court they remain who they were. [emphasis added]
Scalia Blasts Critics of Court | Washington Free Beacon