Blackmun wrote the Roe v. Wade decision that imposed abortion-on-demand, and Judge Wood has done as much as anyone to perpetuate and extend that mistake. She held, for example, that pro-life protesters of abortion clinics were liable under a racketeering law that was designed to combat mobsters. Fortunately, the Supreme Court reversed her 8 to 1.
Not only the women but the men on Obama's short list also lack military service. Cass Sunstein, a former law professor who is now Czar of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, has such a twisted view of the First Amendment that he wants to regulate Internet bloggers.
Sunstein is infamous for claiming that animals should have lawyers to represent them in court. We wonder if he would want to exclude testimony, based on attorney-client privilege, about how a dog barked during a crime!
Sunstein wants "to ban hunting ... if there isn't a purpose other than sport and fun." "It's time," he declared, to make it "against the law."
Next on the list is Harold Koh, the former dean of Yale Law School, who is now the top attorney in Obama's State Department. Koh calls himself a "transnationalist," which means he wants to import and integrate all sorts of foreign laws into our domestic laws.
Obama could nominate any of the above to the Supreme Court or to another federal court. He recently nominated to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Goodwin Liu, who thinks that illegal aliens are entitled to the same rights as American citizens, which would include driver's licenses and full government financial benefits.
Senators stood up against Obama's nomination of Craig Becker, refusing to confirm him for the National Labor Relations Board. Becker has been an attorney for the powerful SEIU union of government workers and is known for wanting to implement the so-called "card check" regulation so that unions can intimidate workers by depriving them of the secret ballot.
Senators blocked Becker's confirmation and even sent Obama a letter warning him not to give Becker a recess appointment. Obama ignored the Senate and installed Becker as soon as the Senate adjourned for Easter.
Obama thumbed his nose at the Senate, but the Senate should not allow him to thumb his nose at our armed services by replacing the last decorated veteran on the Supreme Court with a non-veteran. The men and women who risk their lives for our nation's security deserve better.
Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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