The more we learn about Samuel Alito, the
worse he looks. The man who Geo rge Bush wants to replace
Sandra Day O’Connor on the U.S. Supreme Court is
clearly a hard, rightwing activist. That’s why Bush
nominated him. Recently released memos from Alito’s
tenure in the mid-Eighties Reagan administration prove
him to be so.
Alito claims that his memos were just the work of a young
lawyer doing his job for his client, the Reagan government.
But he got the job in the first place by swearing absolute
loyalty to the rightwing cause. In his job application,
the young Alito described himself as a “fierce”
conservative, an opponent of women’s right to abortion,
and to what he called “racial quotas.” Alito
stated baldly that abortion rights were not covered by
the Constitution, and that he would welcome any opportunity
to challenge the Roe ver sus Wade decision. He later bragged
that he was especially pleased with his work on cases
in which he opposed affirmative action. Alito criticized
the Warren Supreme Court, the court that ushered in school
Clearly, this judge is an unredeemed, Reaganite reactionary.
He is also profoundly dishonest – which no doubt
endeared him to the Bush men, who universally share this
character defect. So do most of the corporate media, who
strain themselves to find evidence of “moderation”
in Alito’s record – evidence that does not
exist. If this, the second of George Bush’s appointments
to the High Court is allowed to pass, there can be no
doubt that what is left of affirmative action is doomed.
And if Roe versus Wade is overturned – as Alito
said two decades ago that he was eager to do – then
the groundwork will have been laid for a social revolt
among women across the nation.
It is, indeed, ironic that rightwing lawyers who claim
to be against “activist” courts are, in fact,
the most activist of all. It takes great zeal and energy
to turn back the hands of time, but that is what they
are determined to do.
Alito is especially attractive to the Bush men at this
juncture in history, when the president is claiming unlimited
powers to do whateve r he chooses in the name of the War
on Terror. Bush places himself above the law, claiming
that his role as Commander-In-Chief in a war he himself
proclaimed – and that will have no end until he
un-proclaims it – empowers him to do whatever he
deems necessary to ensure the security of the nation.
Literally, anything. In other words, George Bush believes
that he has the right to rule as a military dictator.
Samuel Alito gives every indication of agreeing with him.
Back in 1984, Alito advised that the U.S. Attorney General
should have blanket immunity from lawsuits in wiretap
cases, even if the wiretaps were illegal. Again, he wants
to put the executive branch of government above the law.
What kind of judge is that, who would enshrine lawlessness
at the heights of government? A George Bush kind of judge,
who functions on behalf of Caesar – which is what
Alito wanted the day he applied for a job with Ronald
Reagan. He is a career rightwing activist, seeking a lifetime
job of oppress ing the poor, the female, and the non-white.
For Radio BC, I’m Glen Ford.