01/13/2006: Time to write Your Senators...
After listening to most of the Judge Alito hearings, I feel it's important to let these Senators on the Judicary Committee (and in my home state) know what troubles me about this nominee:
Senator: You ought to be terribly concerned about supporting this Judge Alito nomination.
Despite statements of merely aggressively “promoting of the views his clients" – are ethical duties to do so within the bounds of the Constitution and the Laws.
The nomination exchanges, over Presidential powers, are illustrative that this is NOT a mainstream nominee on that topic. Also, based on his own writing -his Authoring and Advocacy of the “unitary executive” theory and that a President gets to add an "interpretive signing statement” to any and all laws that pass his desk -which be accorded equal weight to the Congressional “Intent” is not in conformity to our Constitutional framework. The Constitution itself argues against such a broad assertion of Executive Legislative Interpretive Powers. Nor does the Constitution allow an *Executive interpretation* which effectively nullifies the legislation the President purports to be signing into LAW. (As in the case of the McCain amendment.)
If there is any indication how Alito would come out on an issue of *Executive Powers* - What better indication than the very arguments he *Authored* himself in advancing that very point of view?
This is a dangerous and Extra-Constitutional view on the separation of powers of our three branches of government and their functions. And to put him on the Supreme Court to give force to these views is very wrong.
On this alone – Judge Alito ought to be rejected from serving on the Supreme Court.
So - time to let your views be known (pro/con or just how this nominee seems to YOU) and write to these Senators and Congress - Before the final voting on this matter.
Karen on 01.13.06 @ 09:49 AM CST