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Shouldn’t the Supreme Court be made up of people of varying mindests?

If so, why do Presidents do the WRONG thing by appointing only those justices that agree with their political philosophy?  Shouldn’t they WELCOME someone with a divergent personal philosophy?  Isn’t it the DUTY of the President to make sure that the court is BALANCED?  Isn’t this a disservice to all Americans when the Supreme Court is biased politically and philosophically?  I need some help with this.

http://www.washingtonpost.com

By Amy Goldstein, R. Jeffrey Smith and Jo Becker
Washington Post Staff Writers
Friday, August 19, 2005; A01

Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts Jr. consistently opposed legal and legislative attempts to strengthen women’s rights during his years as a legal adviser in the Reagan White House, disparaging what he called “the purported gender gap” and, at one point, questioning “whether encouraging homemakers to become lawyers contributes to the common good.”

In internal memos, Roberts urged President Ronald Reagan to refrain from embracing any form of the proposed Equal Rights Amendment pending in Congress; he concluded that some state initiatives to curb workplace discrimination against women relied on legal tools that were “highly objectionable”; and he said that a controversial legal theory then in vogue—of directing employers to pay women the same as men for jobs of “comparable worth”—was “staggeringly pernicious” and “anti-capitalist.”

Roberts’s thoughts on what he called “perceived problems” of gender bias are contained in a vast batch of documents, released yesterday, that provide the clearest, most detailed mosaic so far of his political views on dozens of social and legal issues. Senators have said they plan to mine his past views on such topics, which could come before the high court, when his confirmation hearings begin the day after Labor Day.

Covering a period from 1982 to 1986—during his tenure as associate counsel to Reagan—the memos, letters and other writings show that Roberts endorsed a speech attacking “four decades of misguided” Supreme Court decisions on the role of religion in public life, urged the president to hold off saying AIDS could not be transmitted through casual contact until more research was done, and argued that promotions and firings in the workplace should be based entirely on merit, not affirmative action programs.


Posted by SPN on 08/20 at 11:29 AM in Politics

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