Monday, January 09, 2006

Shrinking Durbin

More Alito shrinkage

Using MS Word to summarize Richard Durbin's (D-IL) opening statement:
Time and again the vacancy you seek to fill was the most important vote on the Court for civil rights, human rights, women’s rights, workers’ rights, and restraining an overreaching President.

For that reason, Judge Alito, your nomination is one of the most important Supreme Court nominations in a generation. I believe that is the right test, because the Supreme Court is the last refuge of our rights and liberties.

Privacy Rights

One of our most cherished rights is the right to privacy. Justice O’Connor was often the critical fifth vote to protect our right of privacy. Judge Alito, too often your record on the bench suggests you might be the critical fifth vote to limit our right to privacy.

Have your views on privacy rights and reproductive freedom changed over the years, Judge Alito? During times of war, the Supreme Court is the last guardian of our constitutional rights. If you are confirmed, Judge Alito, who will inspire your thinking if this President, or any President, threatens our fundamental constitutional rights – the Federalist Society or Justice O’Connor?

Civil Rights

The judge’s name was Frank Johnson.

Judge Johnson paid a heavy price for his courage in acting to expand freedom and civil rights in America.

As a Supreme Court Justice, would you have the courage to expand freedom when it comes to civil rights and human rights? Thankfully, the Supreme Court overruled you. Judge Alito, millions of Americans are very concerned about your nomination.


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