POLITICAL observations & opinions

* It’s not just Roe v. Wade

Posted by Lew Weinstein on September 15, 2008

Cass Sunstein writes in the Boston Globe …

  • The new president will probably be in a position to appoint at least one and perhaps as many as three new justices to the Supreme Court
  • there is an uncomfortably close overlap between the constitutional views of some recent Republican appointees to the federal judiciary and the political views of those on the extreme right-wing of the Republican Party.
  • Roe v. Wade has been established law for 35 years; the right to choose is now a part of our culture. A decision to overrule it would not only disrupt and polarize the nation; it would also threaten countless doctors, and pregnant women and girls, with jail sentences and criminal fines.
  • (McCain will) seek to appoint judges who will overturn not merely Roe v Wade, but dozens of other past decisions.
  • For example …
    • to impose flat bans on affirmative action,
    •  to invalidate environmental regulations,
    • to increase presidential power,
    • and to reduce the separation of church and state.



Before those enamored with “know nothing” Palin actually vote for McCain-Palin, they should carefully consider whether they will be happy with the consequences of their election.

We have seen what George W. Bush has done with excessive presidential power. He has run roughshod over the Congress and over the American people, most notably over his war of choice in Iraq, but on other issues as well.

The decision by our Founding Fathers to keep any religious group out of the exercise of government power is one of the major blessings in the structure of our country. Those who know history, and who can see the impact of fundamentalist Muslim terrorism, understand … when religious groups seize governmental power, they are soon bent on killing those who don’t agree with their religious views.

Right wing Christian fundamentalists are entitled to their religious views. In our country, however, they are not entitled to force those views on the rest of us. Thank God, and the wisdom of our Founding Fathers, for that.


To read Sunstein’s entire article, click … http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2008/09/14/the_fate_of_roe_v_wade_and_choice/




3 Responses to “* It’s not just Roe v. Wade”

  1. Lew Weinstein said

    Those women are in denial. McCain will appoint 3 Supreme Court justices, and they will overturn Roe v Wade, plus carry out other extreme right wing agenda items. The Supreme Court appointments are among the most imortant, and least recognized, issues in this election.

  2. Ilene said

    What I find particularly disturbing among women who are supporting Palin is their firm belief that Roe v. Wade will not be overturned, and that the worst that would happen would be that the right to an abortion would be left up to individual states. That is equally as frightening.

  3. Kerry said

    I had the opportunity to listen to Air America’s David Bender on XM yesterday as he discussed the Palin Effect. Seems that his suggestion to move the discussion away from Palin and spotlight the lies of McCain’s camp has resonated:

    Bender was advocating that Dem’s need to stop panicking and trust Obama’s campaign to turn the focus away from Palin and back to the key issues. Hard to do when the woman’s face is plastered everywhere, but above all I think Tina Fey’s send up of the hockey mom will go a long way to getting through to a lot of people that do not pay attention to the news.

    He reminded people that the bump Mondale/Ferraro got at the convention lasted only 2 weeks before it began to unravel, thanks in no small part to her husband. Perhaps the subpoena of the “first dude” will provide a nice assist.

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