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Poll Shows Americans Wary About President Obama Appointing Activist Judges
Life News ^ | 2/2/09 | Steven Ertelt

Posted on 02/02/2009 11:21:29 AM PST by wagglebee

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- For the pro-life movement, one of the biggest ramifications of the 2008 presidential election is a pro-abortion president who will appoint Supreme Court judges who will keep virtually unlimited abortions in place for decades longer. Now, a new poll suggests Americans are wary of such activist judges.

Americans have long been concerned about judges making up the law from the bench, as the high court did in 1973 when it allowed abortion on demand via the Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions.

Anyone who is curious about the attitude Americans have about President Barack Obama and his potential ability to choose one or more high court judges need only to review a new Rasmussen survey.

The result of the national telephone poll shows nearly two-thirds of voters, 64 percent, say U.S. Supreme Court decisions should be based on what is written in the Constitution.

Rasmussen found that view regardless of party affiliation, with 79% of Republicans, 64% of unaffiliated voters and 52% of Democrats taking that view.

But only 35 percent of those surveyed believe Obama shares that view.

In fact, during the presidential campaign, Obama advanced a judicial activist philosophy and said judges should decide cases based on their own "deepest values," "core concerns," and "the depth and breadth of [their] empathy."

For Obama, "the critical ingredient is supplied by what is in the judge's heart" -- not what is in the text, principles, and history of our Constitution and other laws.

The Rasmussen findings match up well with the results of a November 2008 poll from the Polling Company, which found that, regardless of which presidential candidate they supported, voters favor judicial restraint by more than three to one.

Some 70 percent of voters said they prefer a president to nominate judges who "will interpret and apply the law as it is written and not take into account their own viewpoints and experiences." Only 22 percent shared Obama's view on activist judges.

Wendy Long, the chief counsel for the Judicial Confirmation Network, told LifeNews.com that it is up to members of the Senate to make sure judicial activists don't get confirmed to the Supreme Court.

"President Obama's unprecedented call for judicial activism must be met with an unprecedented level of Senate scrutiny," she said.

"For every nominee, there should be a presumption that he would -- as President Obama has told us he prefers -- decide cases based on his personal views," she said. "It should be up to each individual nominee to rebut the presumption and to prove that he would rule on the basis of what the law actually provides, as two-thirds of Americans believe judges should."


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: activistjudges; bho2009; bho44; democrats; judges; moralabsolutes; obama; obamatruthfile; prolife
For Obama, "the critical ingredient is supplied by what is in the judge's heart" -- not what is in the text, principles, and history of our Constitution and other laws.

Obama intends to DESTROY the Constitution, not preserve it.

1 posted on 02/02/2009 11:21:29 AM PST by wagglebee
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2 posted on 02/02/2009 11:22:14 AM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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3 posted on 02/02/2009 11:22:36 AM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee

There is nothing that will make Obama choose non-pro-choice judges. Which is why I supported McCain—who has a great pro-life record.

Steele will prove himself to me if he gets conservatives to run for the midterms. If they are solid AND articulate, they may be all that could prevent more pro-aborts from getting to SCOTUS.

Stay healthy, John Roberts.


4 posted on 02/02/2009 11:25:28 AM PST by Darkwolf377 (Pro-Life Capitalist American Atheist and Free-Speech Junkie)
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To: wagglebee

Our Constitution and Bill of Rights are toast. I guess it’s the price we’ll have to pay for the liberals to have their “historical” president. Nothing from the ACLU yet? Maybe after Obammie designates Christians and Americans as being “terrorists.”


5 posted on 02/02/2009 11:27:58 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (I wish it was 20 January 2013. I've had enough of this crap already.)
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To: wagglebee

I am not wary....I am convinced he will do so.


6 posted on 02/02/2009 11:28:07 AM PST by anniegetyourgun
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Stay healthy, John Roberts.

I think the ones we need to be concerned with are Scalia, Thomas and Kennedy (who isn't great, but far better than anyone Zero will nominate).

7 posted on 02/02/2009 11:31:04 AM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee

Yeah, but Roberts also controls the appointments for FISC, controls the court’s agenda, etc.


8 posted on 02/02/2009 11:34:15 AM PST by Darkwolf377 (Pro-Life Capitalist American Atheist and Free-Speech Junkie)
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To: wagglebee

“Poll Shows Americans Wary About President Obama Appointing Activist Judges”

Little late for that now.
Where was this concern a few months ago?


9 posted on 02/02/2009 11:37:52 AM PST by Names Ash Housewares (Refusing to kneel before the socialist messiah. 1-20-13 Freedom Day.)
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To: wagglebee

So the same brainwashed morons who voted for this socialist fraud now are having seconds thoughts? Whoever said never underestimate the stupidity of the American voter was spot-on.


10 posted on 02/02/2009 11:39:54 AM PST by Signalman
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People should have thought of that before they elected Obama. Elections have consequences, as they say.


11 posted on 02/02/2009 11:41:28 AM PST by Clairity
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To: wagglebee
The result of the national telephone poll shows nearly two-thirds of voters, 64 percent, say U.S. Supreme Court decisions should be based on what is written in the Constitution.

64 % ? that stinks, but it's a larger percentage than I thought.
12 posted on 02/02/2009 11:43:14 AM PST by stylin19a (I listen to the voices in my golf bag)
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To: wagglebee

Anyone worried about all the crooks in his cabinet?

All the dem corruption in congress?

All the lies spewed day in and day out by the msm?


13 posted on 02/02/2009 11:47:52 AM PST by Carley (Remember when we had a real President)
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To: wagglebee

Sort of late isn’t it? They weren’t too worried when they voted for him.


14 posted on 02/02/2009 11:49:18 AM PST by kalee (01/20/13 The end of an error.)
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To: wagglebee
This was one of the prime arguments put forth by the right....to no avail.

People worried about Bam Bam's judge picks NOW should have thought about it BEFORE they voted:-(

15 posted on 02/02/2009 11:58:42 AM PST by moondoggie
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To: Names Ash Housewares

My thoughts, exactly.


16 posted on 02/02/2009 12:05:13 PM PST by Lou L
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To: wagglebee
Are these the same morons who voted to elect Obama?
17 posted on 02/02/2009 12:11:00 PM PST by April Lexington (Study the constitution so you know what they are taking away!)
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To: wagglebee

The top five reason I didn’t want him as president.


18 posted on 02/02/2009 12:22:59 PM PST by Rick_Michael (Have no fear "President Government" is here)
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To: wagglebee
"Poll Shows Americans Wary About President Obama Appointing Activist Judges"

One wonders why said Americans voted for him? You get what you ask for.

19 posted on 02/02/2009 12:29:38 PM PST by americanophile
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To: wagglebee

But yet these same nimrods voted him into office. Either that or Bambi didn’t get as many votes as we think he did. Think ACORN.


20 posted on 02/02/2009 12:33:25 PM PST by beckysueb (Palin/Jindahl in 2012)
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To: wagglebee

“The One” should realize that abortion is primarilly killing his own race and also depriving America of the numbers of people necessary to keep our economy running. We need MORE people to support the many on Social Security, not less. What are these people thinking?


21 posted on 02/02/2009 1:00:00 PM PST by New Jersey Realist (Congress doesn't care a damn about "we the people")
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To: wagglebee

Well, the voters should have thought of that BEFORE they voted this guy in!


22 posted on 02/02/2009 2:04:19 PM PST by Unam Sanctam
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