Wednesday, January 18, 2006

In Oregon, a hen called Roberts comes home to roost

Note: Everyone and his brother is writing this in some way or another, so I won't take credit for fantastic insight on this one....

Ron Wyden is a Senator from Oregon, who voted to confirm Roberts as a supreme court judge. In his endorsement of Roberts on Sep 28, 2005, he had the following to say.

One, on the basis of his public testimony, it is hard to see Judge Roberts as a man who will walk into the white-pillared building across the street and set about tearing apart the fabric of our society.

Two, on the basis of his public testimony, it is hard to see him as a judicial activist who would place ideological purity or a particular agenda above or ahead of the need for thoughtful legal reasoning.

Three, on the basis of his public testimony, it is hard to see John Roberts as a divisive, confrontational extremist who would try to further exploit the divisions in our society.


Oregon has a "death with dignity" type law, which basically says that if you have 6 months or less to live, and you have been advised and counseled, a doctor can give you the option to die with dignity at a time and place of your choice, by administering a lethal dose of something that will kill you. Note that this law was enacted at the request of the voters of Oregon.

The Jesus Freaks don't like this, so naturally the Federal government tried to override state rights (hellloooo, Federalism) by threatening to punish doctors who do this. Just like everything else, it ended up in front of the Supreme Court, which thankfully voted 6-3 in favour of "death with dignity".

The 3 opposing votes were from Thomas, Alito, and Roberts. In his very first vote, Roberts dissented with the majority, went against constitutional state rights, and sided with the right wing loonies.

Great job Wyden. Kudos to you. Your stupidity in confirming that right-wing extremist judge almost screwed your own state over. And I'll bet that you vote for Alito too. If your consituents have any sense at all, they'll remove you from office because you are clearly not serving their needs.

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