This sheds powerful light on the real fears the liberals have of George W. Bush:
If Bush is re-elected, he'll gut the courts. Representative Jim McDermott says that could be the beginning of the end.
By Mary Lynn F. Jones
Web Exclusive: 08.02.04
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Sen. Patrick Leahy used an event held in his honor during the Democratic convention last week to talk about the importance of the First Amendment.
â€śWith the crew we have in charge right now, we would not be able to ratify the Bill of Rights,â€ť Leahy said on July 27. He noted that after the founding fathers set up the new government, the first thing they did once in power was pass the Bill of Rights to protect the people they were governing.
But the current administration, â€śwho have botched everything, question the patriotism and the honesty of those who dare stand up to use their First Amendment rightsâ€ť to challenge it, he added.
Then Leahy told those gathered that the man elected president this fall could nominate as many as four Supreme Court justices in the next few years, and that the Senate would vote on whether to approve them. Leahy didnâ€™t leave the audience guessing as to which party he hopes is in charge of both the White House and the Senate.
While Leahy chose to talk about the courts, the issue got little attention just about everywhere else. The economy, Iraq, and health care were the main talking points of the week. Democratic nominee John Kerry talked about the need to avoid using the Constitution for political purposes, but didnâ€™t mention the courts specifically in his July 29 acceptance speech.
â€śYou would think people would be focused on [the courts], but itâ€™s a nuanced argument,â€ť Rep. John Larson of Connecticut told me. â€śItâ€™s a great, provocative issue that needs to be fleshed out more.â€ť
Sen. Tom Carper told me heâ€™s not surprised the issue isnâ€™t getting more attention. When he ran for governor of Delaware in 1992, â€śno one ever asked me a single question about my criteria for judges,â€ť despite the fact that Carper could nominate them as the stateâ€™s executive officer.
â€śIâ€™m not really surprised that this issue isnâ€™t on the front of everybodyâ€™s minds,â€ť Carper said.
Source: The American Prospect
Rush covered this brilliantly, and it goes the extra mile to explain the ruthless behavior displayed by the Democrats' the past four years and how America has been engulfed by liberalism without a single vote cast.
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