What About Conservative Judicial Activists?

RECEIVED Fri., Jan. 22, 2010

Dear Editor,
    Not long ago conservatives in Congress were grilling Supreme Court nominee Sotomayor on her impartiality, impugning her ability to avoid ideological bias in her rulings. Now a conservative Supreme Court majority is blatantly pursuing an activist agenda at the expense of decades of legal precedence. The recent ruling on campaign financing by corporations amounts to conservatives’ very own pornography, which is also protected on the grounds of a First Amendment right to free speech. Just as pornography represents a hideous stain on our national character, so unfettered political influence by corporations will result in the complete prostitution of a political system already dominated by special interests and powerful lobbies. Under this ruling, “freedom for all” becomes just a free-for-all in which only the biggest, baddest, and wealthiest have the chance to make their voices heard. Most sickening are conservative commentators who disingenuously try to claim that this ruling gives more power to the little guy. In their grotesque, egregious, yet innate hypocrisy, conservatives insist that in the unregulated market, individuals have the right and the ability to “decide for themselves” when faced, for example, with an onslaught of political advertising. Yet these same conservatives will fight tooth and nail against the right of Americans to decide matters of conscience and morality according to their individual belief systems or lack thereof. It only goes to show, once again, that the Republican is an animal most at home in the jungle – the bloodier, more cruel, more vicious it is, the better he likes it, for at heart he is at best, in addition to being a natural-born hypocrite, nothing but a bully.
Katherine Edmiston
Granite Shoals
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