Saturday, January 14, 2006

Alito:A little too unambiguous

First off: Yes, I believe that people can change--their opinions, their clothes, their hearts, their ideas. And, when people change, there is evidence of these changes.
Unfortunately, Judge Alito has not proven that he has changed from his very conservative student days and as an alumni when he proudly belonged to Concern Alumni for Princetion-- alumuni group that wanted the university to be exclusively white and male, or his days in the Reagan Administration (nb: his job application memo about overturning Roe V Wade --can we say brown-noser?-- and his , not to mention his pro-executive power memos). His time on the federal bench has shown that he has become even more entrenched anti-individual (nb:he was in favor of a police strip search of a 10 year old child not accused of any criminal action, Doe vGroody) and pro-big business and government/ executive branch abuse of power.
He talks out of both sides of his mouth when he says that he believes that the right to privacy is in the Constitution (a constructed right brought to light in Griswald v Connecticut --the birth control case, and Roe v Wade) yet he has defended the illegal invasion of privacy via wiretapping.
So far, we have yet to hear from him anything that amounts to even a moderation of his opinions. This does not bode well for the American citizen, especially women and homosexuals, and especially for the non-Americans who are being held as suspected terrorists or enemy combatants.
Alito's successful ascent to the Supreme Court will help solidify the right wing's rise to authoritarian power, and the slipping away of a democracy of the people, for the people and by the people to paraphrase Lincoln.

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