By: Harry Waisbren
The Bill of Rights Defense Committee has an open letter to Tell the Senate to restrain executive power which we couldn’t advocate signing enough.
This broad issue is the foundation affecting so many more of the central issues of our time, and the Senate Judiciary Committee should consider it with the upmost urgency as they debate confirming Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court.
Regardless of who stands before your committee, we encourage you to vigorously examine any nominee to the Supreme Court, with a particular eye towards establishing his or her willingness to check and balance the Executive Branch when necessary to protect constitutional rights.
Areas of constitutional doctrine that have particularly suffered in the past decade include the First Amendment rights to freedom of association and speech, as well as religious free exercise; the Fourth Amendment rights to freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures; the Fifth Amendment right to due process; the Sixth Amendment’s assurance of trial by an impartial judge before a jury of one’s peers; and the Fourteenth Amendment’s commitment to equal protection under the law. Any nominee’s views of each of these doctrines should be carefully considered before granting a lifetime seat on the nation’s highest court.
Sign the letter, and tell your friends to as well! The BORDC is correct that our constitution is in tumult, and we need to make sure that any Supreme Court nominee will be on the right side of history on this central issue to the very fabric of our democracy before they are granted a lifetime appointment…