Amen! Preach it, O!
Second, President Obama has no clue what a justice's job is supposed to be. Hear him:
So I will seek somebody with a sharp and independent mind and a record of excellence and integrity. I will seek someone who understands that justice isn't about some abstract legal theory or footnote in a case book. It is also about how our laws affect the daily realities of people's lives -- whether they can make a living and care for their families; whether they feel safe in their homes and welcome in their own nation.That is a textbook prescription for judicial activism. What he describes is the concern of pastors and activists and legislators. The job of a Supreme Court justice is not even justice, per se, as Bork argued convincingly in his book.
I view that quality of empathy, of understanding and identifying with people's hopes and struggles as an essential ingredient for arriving as just decisions and outcomes.
It is to apply the original sense of the Constitution to court rulings brought to their consideration. Period.
And so when he goes on to say "I will seek somebody who is dedicated to the rule of law, who honors our constitutional traditions, who respects the integrity of the judicial process and the appropriate limits of the judicial role," Obama is the perfect PoMo, saying the precise opposite of what he had just said. Indeed, even this statement is undone in his next words: "I will seek somebody who shares my respect for constitutional values on which this nation was founded." We know the number of that "respect": zero.
Oh well. At least Obama is now the second-least popular president, at this point, in 40 years. Even behind Jimmy Carter! May it continue to drop (barring the genuine repentance I pray for), and may this country get a well-needed intellectual enema.
Never have the words rung truer:
Put not your trust in princes,
in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation.
Many seek the face of a ruler,
but it is from the LORD that a man gets justice.