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Even More Individuals Not Covered Under Obama’s Healthcare Plan

Yes, Barack Obama opposed bills that would have mandated medical treatment for children that survived abortions.”  Hat tip: Virginia Virtucon

If this is “hope” for America, no thanks.

 

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August 25, 2004, Chicago Sun-Times cartoon by Jack Higgins

Conservatives, “It’s About the Justices Stupid”

The economy is always a pressing issue for any President, but the nomination and appointment of federal judges, especially Supreme Court Justices lives decades beyond any Presidency. –Jay

The conservative movement has made enormous gains over the past three decades in restoring constitutional government. The Roberts Supreme Court shows every sign of building on these gains.

Yet the gulf between Democratic and Republican approaches to constitutional law and the role of the federal courts is greater than at any time since the New Deal. With a Democratic Senate, Democratic presidents would be able to confirm adherents of the theory of the “Living Constitution” — in essence empowering judges to update the Constitution to advance their own conception of a better world. This would threaten the jurisprudential gains of the past three decades, and provide new impetus to judicial activism of a kind not seen since the 1960s.

We believe that the nomination of John McCain is the best option to preserve the ongoing restoration of constitutional government. He is by far the most electable Republican candidate remaining in the race, and based on his record is as likely to appoint judges committed to constitutionalism as Mitt Romney, a candidate for whom we also have great respect.

We make no apology for suggesting that electability must be a prime consideration. The expected value of any presidential candidate for the future of the American judiciary must be discounted by the probability that the candidate will not prevail in the election. For other kinds of issues, it may be argued that it is better to lose with the perfect candidate than to win with an imperfect one. The party lives to fight another day and can reverse the bad policies of an intervening presidency.

The judiciary is different. On Jan. 20, 2009, six of the nine Supreme Court justices will be over 70. Most of them could be replaced by the next president, particularly if he or she is re-elected. Given the prospect of accelerating gains in modern medical technology, some of the new justices may serve for half a century. Even if a more perfect candidate were somehow elected in 2012, he would not be able to undo the damage, especially to the Supreme Court.

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And the Winner is. . .

. . .Grey’s Anatomy by a landslide!?!?! With all the political talk shows and media hype surrounding a wide open race for the White House in ’08, one might assume that most Americans must be extremely interested in learning as much as possible about all the presidential candidates before the state primaries, etc. So I did a quick check of the debate numbers online for viewers in the 18-45 age demographic:

Democratic Debate: est. 2.26 MILLION VIEWERS

Republican Debate: est. 1.76 MILLION VIEWERS*

ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy: est. 17.5 MILLION VIEWERS*

U.S. Voting-Eligible Population: est. 207 MILLION VOTERS

Like I’ve said before, we claim to be this wonderful democracy, but we never talk about how broken the American democratic process really is. Many Americans are very apathetic about politics, and it doesn’t help matters that the debates mentioned were only available to cable and Direct TV subscribers. I think there is a real information access problem, but maybe potential voters get their information other ways? I don’t know for sure, but the system seems broken sometimes. What do you think? 

*Same evening

The Elephant in the Room

7 min. GOP debate clip 

I missed the Republican debate last night. (I also missed the earlier Democratic debate.) I don’t have cable or Direct TV right now. But I still have regular TV. And I’m upset that these debates aren’t recognized for the important opportunity that they are for both well-known and lesser-known candidates to unveil their ideas, vision, hopes and dreams to the American people. We claim to be this wonderful democracy, but we never talk about how broken the American democratic process really is. 

I bet that most regular folks tuned in to see the latest Grey’s Anatomy. (I didn’t have much of a choice.) Why aren’t these important debates broadcast across the major networks!? These presidential candidates’ ideas need to be and should be judged by the largest audience possible! It’s no wonder why we get the leaders that we get when American democracy is turned into a big waiting game to see who raises the most campaign money before we finally decide to figure out what they actually think and just hope for the best in the end.