Friday, May 20, 2011

Obama's Choice

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Goodwin Liu is a very bad choice for a federal judgeship that will help shape the future of America.

Many agree that he is indeed, a bad choice, but the President apparently feels rather comfortable with him, or has more political debt to pay off. The President has nominated him for a seat on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Liu's beliefs regarding the Constitution are not a secret. Neither is his views on what America should look like in the future.

Perhaps this nomination says more about the President who nominated him than about the nominee himself.

My Grandmother Randall (O'Hara from Ireland) lived to be 96. There were some things she believed to be so important, she repeated them over and over and over. One of those things was this: "Gary, remember, you'll be known by the friends you keep. You know, birds of a feather flock together."

Here are some of Liu's statements on the Constitution, immigration, welfare, foreign authority in America and his personal evaluation of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito.

I have linked this story at CNS News.

Back on Nov. 1, 2006, Liu wrote in the Yale Law Journal, “First, contrary to the conventional wisdom that ‘the Constitution is a charter of negative rather than positive liberties,’ the social citizenship tradition assigns equal constitutional status to negative rights against government oppression and positive rights to government assistance on the ground that both are essential to liberty.”

The article continues, “Beyond a minimal safety net, the legislative agenda of equal citizenship should extend to systems of support and opportunity that, like education, provide a foundation for political and economic autonomy and participation. The main pillars of the agenda would include basic employment supports, such as expanded health insurance, child care, transportation subsidies, job training, and a robust earned income tax credit.”

“Because the Supreme Court has refused to squarely recognize fundamental rights to education, welfare, and other government aid, we are taught to believe that no substantive obligations exist in these areas,” wrote Liu.

Liu said in 2006 that Alito’s vision of America is one “where police may shoot and kill an unarmed boy, where federal agents may point guns at ordinary citizens during a raid, even after no sign of resistance, where the FBI may install a camera where you sleep, where a black man may be sentenced to death by an all-white jury for killing a white man absent analysis showing discrimination.”

During Liu’s 2010 confirmation hearing, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) brought up an article by Liu published in the Daito University Law School Journal in Japan. It said, “The use of foreign authority in American constitutional law is a judicial practice that has been very controversial in recent years. The resistance to this practice is difficult for me to grasp since the United States can hardly claim to have a monopoly on wise solutions to common legal problems faced by constitutional democracies around the world.”

Likely the President is grooming him for a seat on the United States Supreme Court.

John McCain, certainly not always a banner carrier for conservative views, is promising to attempt to block this nomination.

God speed, Senator McCain.

Friends of faith and freedom in America and elsewhere--there is much work to be done.

Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Active. Be Prayerful. Be Blessed.

Gary Randall
Faith and Freedom

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