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As the election approaches there is certainly no shortage of issues to distinguish the candidates, however one area which gets an unfortunately small amount of attention is the future President’s potential appointees to the federal courts.

Front and center to a President’s nominee selection process rests on the question of judicial philosophy. McCain has said he will appoint “strict constructionists” who would follow in the Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas mold. These judges attempt to interpret the Constitution in accord with its original meaning and context. The argument for this constitutional reading is that if we in fact live in a democracy only democratically elected officials can change our laws.

By contrast Obama has stated he would appoint judges like Steven Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsberg, who can be described as adherents to the “Active Liberty” interpretation of the Constitution. Under this view Judges take it upon themselves to go beyond the original intent of the Constitution. This view point supported cases such as Roe v. Wade, and Miranda v. Arizona. The argument in favor of this review standard is that courts require the authority to override democratic rule in the areas deemed important by the Court, even though not addressed explicitly by the Constitution.

Here are links from the dueling view points, Justices Scalia and Breyer over the question of judicial philosophy

As you think about how the Constitution should be interpreted, consider the following cases:

Boumediene v. Bush, 5-4 decision addressing the War on Terror: The Court ruled that alleged terrorists have a Constitutional right of access to domestic courts. This ruling overrode the Congresses’ specific denial of domestic court access to alleged terrorists. In my own research and reading of the opinion I have not found one prior instance in this nation’s history where warring alien enemies of this nation had access to our domestic courts.

Kennedy v. Louisiana, 5-4 decision addressing the Death penalty. The Court ruled that child rape did not qualify as a crime warranting the death penalty under the “evolving standard of decency”. This opinion overrode Louisiana’s democratic decision to permit the execution of a child rapist and the history of the American death penalty which allowed State to execute far far less horrid offenses.

Gonzales v. Carhart, 5-4 decision addressing the ban of a particular partial birth abortion ban. The Court upheld a state law prohibiting a particular form of partial birth abortion. The ruling affirmed the right of state’s to democratically pass laws on the termination of late term fetal life

Kelo v. City of New London, 5-4 decision addressing the reach of Eminent Domain. In this opinion the Court ruled that the Takings Clause permitted government’s to seize homes and other forms of private property for any “public purpose” despite the 5th Amendment’s much more restrictive language.

– Ignacio

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Barack Obama refusing to go to Washington and help fix this economic problem confirms a few things:

1. Obama only knows how to talk about problems. He doesn’t know how to fix them, or does he care to fix them.

2. Obama has never written a major piece of legislation. He doesn’t want to start to help us out.

3. If he’s scared to go back to Washington and actually work (while he currently holds a position that actually calls for him to do that right now), why should we elect him into the TOP position that would call for him to do exactly that?

Obama has never done multiple things at once. He knows nothing about how to juggle.

Plus, this is not McCain trying to get out of a debate. McCain wanted 10 debates, and Obama didn’t want to debate him and only wanted to debate 3 times.

– McCain backed out of only 1 debate in this whole campain (to go to Washington and help Americans by doing his job)

– Obama backed out of 7 debates. (because he’s a chicken and knows he can’t stand on the issues against McCain.) He probably couldn’t hire enough writers to script 10 debates total.

We can debate next week. Obama’s campaign is just sucking wind, running scared and is trying to spin an honest concern on McCain’s part into a false, selfish move.

– Julian

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– Julian

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Asia follows Street down: Hang Seng Index falls below 20,000 for first time in a year

So does this mean that the Lefties want you to believe World economies are influenced by Bush, too, and not by the living, breathing economy itself?

– Julian

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In a recent article by the ever insightful Thomas Sowell, he writes:

“He [Obama] talked publicly about taking military action against Pakistan, one of our few Islamic allies and a nation with nuclear weapons.”

“Out of the four presidential and vice-presidential candidates this year, only Governor Palin has had to make executive decisions and live with the consequences.”

And if I can quote Sarah Palin directly from her impressive acceptance speech last night at the Republican National Convention, “the presidency is not a journey in self discovery.” And with Obama’s lack of experience, it’s tantamount to hiring a speech writer to be a CEO.

Please visit and read Thomas Sowell’s most recent article, Foreign Policy “Experience”. As Dennis Miller has constantly called for, Sowell attempts to reason past the smoke and mirrors Obama is determined to use in deceiving the American people into voting for him. He doesn’t want you to know what he really believes in or what he really plans to do.

– Julian

Ref: Foreign Policy “Experience”.

Ref: Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s speech to the Republican National Convention on Wednesday.

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One word: “HOT”

A bold pick. A strong woman with a solid streak of integrity, and more executive experience than anyone else in this campaign. I’m inspired, and very happy with Sarah Palin.

Also, she’s hot.

– Julian

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“If he [Obama] really thinks that, by liberating Iraq from a dangerous tyrant, American somehow set a bad example that invited Russia to invade a small, peaceful and democratic nation, then he should state it outright – because that’s a debate I welcome,” McCain said to applause.

Sadly, Obama will lob talking points from afar. He’s too scared by his lack of substance to take McCain head on concerning this debate.

-Julian

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