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Obama and the Law (Sowell on Obama)
Jewish World Review ^ | October 28, 2008 | Thomas Sowell

Posted on 10/27/2008 8:39:06 PM PDT by jazusamo

One of the biggest and most long-lasting "change" to expect if Barack Obama becomes President of the United States is in the kinds of federal judges he appoints. These include Supreme Court justices, as well as other federal justices all across the country, all of whom will have lifetime tenure.

Senator Obama has stated very clearly what kinds of Supreme Court justices he wants— those with "the empathy to understand what it's like to be poor, or African-American, or gay, or disabled, or old."

Like so many things that Obama says, it may sound nice if you don't stop and think— and chilling if you do stop and think. Do we really want judges who decide cases based on who you are, rather than on the facts and the law?

If the case involves a white man versus a black woman, should the judge decide that case differently than if both litigants are of the same race or sex?

The kind of criteria that Barack Obama promotes could have gotten three young men at Duke University sent to prison for a crime that neither they nor anybody else committed.

Didn't we spend decades in America, and centuries in Western civilization, trying to get away from the idea that who you are determines what your legal rights are?

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TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008; judges; obama; sowell; thomassowell; tsbo
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Believers in Obama
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The Real Obama: Part IV
The Real Obama: Part III
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The Real Obama
Do Facts Matter?
Idols of Crowds
Changes in Politics
Whose “Special Interests”?
The Galbraith Effect
…As Well As Several Other Issues
Are Facts Obsolete?
Conservatives for Obama?
Cocky Ignorance
Obama and McCain
Irrelevant Apologies
Success Built on Work Ethic
An Old Newness
A Living Lie
Obama’s Speech
Race and Politics
Non-Judgmental Nonsense

1 posted on 10/27/2008 8:39:06 PM PDT by jazusamo
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2 posted on 10/27/2008 8:40:27 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: jazusamo

The Supremes will look alot the Jackson Five

(Jesse, Jesse, Jr.)


3 posted on 10/27/2008 8:44:18 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Read FR first.....THEN read Drudge.)
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To: jazusamo

Caesar’s words from “Battle for the Planet of the Apes” come to mind.


4 posted on 10/27/2008 8:52:43 PM PDT by RWB Patriot ("Let 'em learn the hard way, 'cause teaching them is more trouble than they're worth,")
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To: jazusamo; SJackson
If the case involves a white man versus a black woman, should the judge decide that case differently than if both litigants are of the same race or sex?

In Obama's world view - the answer is yes. Some are more equal than others... Would not want to be a Jewish straight man up against a Muslim black woman who's gay. Obama's court system would be divorced from justice.

5 posted on 10/27/2008 8:54:21 PM PDT by GOPJ (Baghdad Bob had an excuse - there was a boot on his neck. What's the MSM's excuse?)
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To: jazusamo

BHO’s judges may have to wear bow ties?


6 posted on 10/27/2008 8:56:01 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: GOPJ

I hate to even think about the federal judiciary after four or eight years of BO appointments.


7 posted on 10/27/2008 8:59:40 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: jazusamo
The story of Barack Obama covered up by mainstream media.
8 posted on 10/27/2008 9:07:25 PM PDT by unspun (Pray and Work! http://www.etpv.org/whatsnew.html)
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To: jazusamo

Talk about “crawling through broken glass” to vote for someone — if Sowell had entered the political arena instead of the think tank all those years ago he could have been the next Reagan. Instead we got Newt and some other DNFs.


9 posted on 10/27/2008 9:08:59 PM PDT by KC Burke (Men of intemperate minds can never be free...their passions forge their fetters.)
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To: unspun

Good link, thanks for posting.


10 posted on 10/27/2008 9:13:45 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: KC Burke

You’re right, it’s very sad he didn’t because we wouldn’t be facing this mess now.


11 posted on 10/27/2008 9:16:10 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: jazusamo

Judges are the ONLY reason I will probably vote for McCain. The Libertarian Party still looks attractive, only because the Republican Party has abandoned me and my Constitution.


12 posted on 10/27/2008 9:16:25 PM PDT by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: jazusamo

My greatest fear is not the makeup of the Supreme Court - we have four relatively young justices who are reliable in their logic and support an explicit interpretation of the Constitution plus one wimp, like some politicians, who goes both ways.

My big fear is what will happen with the justices one and two levels down. There are a lot more of those than the 9 on the USSC and they form the pool a President normally looks to when choosing a new candidate for the USSC.

Additionally, there are many Federal courts trying many cases. Only a small fraction of those cases get picked up by the USSC which is to say that many/most of these Federal Justices are “the law West/East of the Pecos!” Just look at the 9th Circus out in San Fransissysko.


13 posted on 10/27/2008 9:28:47 PM PDT by Rembrandt (We would have won Viet Nam w/o Dim interference.)
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To: Rembrandt

Exactly...Bush has appointed 57 and Clinton 59 in the Circuits but each only appointed 2 Supremes. BO could possibly appoint that many in four years with a filibuster proof Senate.


14 posted on 10/27/2008 9:40:58 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: Understated

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15 posted on 10/27/2008 9:48:54 PM PDT by DeLaine (30 degrees to 300 in seconds. And I'm ccccold :P)
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To: jazusamo

BUMP


16 posted on 10/27/2008 10:00:35 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: KC Burke; jazusamo
Talk about “crawling through broken glass” to vote for someone — if Sowell had entered the political arena instead of the think tank all those years ago he could have been the next Reagan. Instead we got Newt and some other DNFs.
The tragedy is that the politicians of the Republican Party didn't select him for their VP candidate. Ideally, that Reagan might have done it - tho to give Reagan slack, Sowell really made his name with Knowledge and Decisions, and that book came out right before Reagan won the nomination. But any Republican POTUS nominee since Reagan should have nominated Sowell for VP. By now, tho, Sowell is too old - would tell you so himself.

The framers of the Constitution tried to create a system which could select wise leadership such as Professor Sowell, but it has been corrupted into almost a popular vote system. For example, in 2000 the FL legislature should by all rights simply have named their electors directly, as the Constitution explicitly directs, instead of allowing the issue to fester in court. That would have been controversial, of course - but it should have been seen as the legislature's duty nonetheless. The alternative was for the courts to arrogate the legislature's authority, as we saw.


17 posted on 10/28/2008 3:46:44 AM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (The conceit of journalistic objectivity is profoundly subversive of democratic principle.)
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion

Dr. Sowell has refused to enter politics.


18 posted on 10/28/2008 4:56:30 AM PDT by Tax-chick (I'll give a cheesecake to anyone who asks a Palin-basher, "How many abortions have you had?")
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion

Good post...I have nothing to base this on but I’ve a feeling that Dr. Sowell was never interested in being a politition.


19 posted on 10/28/2008 8:28:56 AM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: Tax-chick; jazusamo
Dr. Sowell has refused to enter politics.
I understand that. But IMHO he is far too much of a patriot to have refused a VP nomination if a nominee for POTUS had told him he was needed.

20 posted on 10/28/2008 10:10:15 AM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (The conceit of journalistic objectivity is profoundly subversive of democratic principle.)
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion

Good point and I’m sure you’re right.

I still haven’t learned how to spell politician. :)


21 posted on 10/28/2008 10:17:29 AM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion; jazusamo

He said it himself, in “A Personal Odyssey,” and probably elsewhere. And you never know (and we never will, since he’s 78), but he might have believed he could do much more for the country as an economist and political philosopher than as a vice-presidential candidate.


22 posted on 10/28/2008 10:40:40 AM PDT by Tax-chick (I'll give a cheesecake to anyone who asks a Palin-basher, "How many abortions have you had?")
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To: jazusamo
That's not "a living Constitution." That's a dying Constitution"

What really eats at me is that I'm constantly put in the position of not voting for or against a candidate but for or against the Constitution. For or against giving up more power and rights. For or against the road to serfdom.

23 posted on 10/30/2008 2:58:33 AM PDT by The Raven (Why is Obama Cheating ???)
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