Mario Diaz

Enter, then, the Federal Judgeship Act of 2009 (S. 1653). In an effort to appease their constituency, liberals not only want to nominate liberal judicial activists — like Judge David Hamilton, who ordered prayers in the name of Jesus be stopped but said praying in the name of “Allah” was okay — but they want to significantly expand the number of judges at the federal level, therefore expanding their reach. The Federal Judgeship Act will create 63 new federal judges — 51 in federal district courts and 12 at the appellate court level.

On the surface, liberals cry about the number of cases and the need to alleviate backlog. But underneath that façade we can still hear echoes of their unprecedented obstruction of President Bush’s judicial nominees. Where were their concerns about backlogs then?

Some reasonable voices have suggested that if liberals want to show that political expediency is not the motivating factor behind the bill, they should make the bill come into effect after the next presidential election. Sounds reasonable enough.

But any reasonable observer can also see that there is almost no chance they would consider doing that (unless of course it was politically expedient). Liberals are not in the business of being sensible or reasonable; they have the opportunity to do unprecedented damage to our foundations, and judges are crucial to their success. They can’t loose this opportunity.

So it is back to “Plan A” for liberals.

For conservatives, that means that in the middle of everything, we must prepare ourselves for more and more pressure on the issue. And as we consider how to best stand against their “progressive” agenda, we must remember those sneaky operatives masquerading as judges, and we must stand firm against them.

I know conservatives are taking great refuge in thinking about the next elections. It is very encouraging to remember that “we the people” are still in charge and we can throw out those senators who have trampled our trust. But we must remember that if those senators are successful in packing the courts with liberal judicial activists, there is nothing “we the people” can do about that in the next election.

Mario Diaz

Mario Diaz is the Policy Director for Legal Issues at Concerned Women for America.

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