Chuck Colson

What’s going on here? At the heart of this debate is simply the fact that special-interests groups who have lost their arguments in Congress and with the public look to the courts to deliver for them. Anybody who favors judicial restraint, no matter how well qualified, is going to be opposed. That’s basically what the New York Times is saying.

Tom DeLay explained it perfectly at Justice Sunday II, a few weeks ago. “Time and time again,” he said, “proponents of . . . policies which have little or no support in the elected branches of government . . . bypass the democratic process by way of activist courts. Activist courts, in turn, impose new policies on our nation without passing a single bill through a single house of a single legislature. That is not judicial independence. That is judicial supremacy, judicial autocracy. It has no basis in the Constitution, but merely in the frustrated imagination of an out-of-touch political movement whose worldview the American people simply will not endorse.” Well said.

The fact that Judge Roberts refuses to go along with this kind of judicial usurpation is the strongest point in his favor. Let’s work to ensure that the Senate does its duty.

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Too Much of a Mystery,” New York Times, 18 September 2005.

The Washington Post, despite disagreements with positions Roberts might potentially take on some issues, endorsed John Roberts’s confirmation.

John G. Roberts Dossier,” WashingtonPost, 6 September 2005.

Roberts Gets High Marks from ABA,” FOX News, 18 August 2005.

Read the complete Justice Sunday II transcript.

Women of Color Alarmed by Chief Justice Nominee,” Women’s eNews, 7 September 2005.

NOW Activists Pulling Out the Stops to Stop Roberts,” press release, National Organization for Women, 1 September 2005.

Edward Whelan, “Abortion and Precedent: What John Roberts Really Said,” National Review, 19 September 2005.

William J. Stuntz, “Hearing Loss: Why Roberts Shouldn’t Testify,” New Republic, 7 September 2005.

David Brooks, “Ready? Cue the Sun . . .,” New York Times, 15 September 2005.

Gillian Flaccus, “Scalia Blasts ‘Judge Moralists’ in Law School Speech,” Associated Press, 31 August 2005.

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Chuck Colson

Chuck Colson was the Chief Counsel for Richard Nixon and served time in prison for Watergate-related charges. In 1976, Colson founded Prison Fellowship Ministries, which, in collaboration with churches of all confessions and denominations, has become the world's largest outreach to prisoners, ex-prisoners, crime victims, and their families.
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