Saturday, May 2, 2009

Obama's View of Role of Supreme Court Raises Conservative Rancor

Obama is not pleasing conservatives and libertarians with his recent remarks on the role of the Supreme Court in American society.  Speaking at an impromptu press conference in after Justice Souter's announcement of pending retirement,  Obama called "empathy"  a key trait he would look for in appointing future justices,  and added that the role of the Supreme Court is to show compassion for the disenfranchised.

Now this is a populist view,  for sure.  ( Wasn't Obama called an elitist all throughout the campaingn?)  But then, we are in the season and the time for populism.  Obama has his reasons, and the ethics of reason support him.  He does not bow to the letter of the law while violating its heart.

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