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A Voice of Opposition to Sonia Sotomayor

With a link to the text of her controversial speech, lawyer Tom Bowden of the Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights (ARC) provides the best argument against approving Judge Sonia Sotomayor as a member of the Supreme Court. His thesis, presented in a post to ARC’s blog, is that Judge Sotomayor is unqualified to serve on the Supreme Court because she rejects the concept of objectivity.

I agree with him. Since President Obama nominated Sotomayor—and it is still early in the Congressional nomination process—the press has fawned over her, repeatedly citing her race and gender, as MSNBC’s Chris Matthews disparagingly pointed out on Hardball. With populists like Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly, who fell over himself praising Obama’s nomination as a political master stroke and wrongly stating that her nomination is a done deal—a Supreme Court nomination is never a done deal, at least not for several weeks, if at all—it’s left to those new intellectuals like Mr. Bowden to argue against the Obama administration’s nominee on principle. His excellent post should be widely distributed.

Obama at Notre Dame

After all the anti-abortion protests surrounding supposedly pro-choice Barack Obama’s honorary degree and speech this week, the upshot of President Obama’s commencement address at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, is a religious idea: you are thy brother’s keeper. Shoulder the burdens of your fellow citizen, Obama told Notre Dame’s graduates (his wife, Michelle Obama, addressing graduates at the University of California at Merced, said the same thing). Self-sacrifice, the Obama presidency’s essential principle, is the opposite of what made America great. This nation’s greatness lies in its founding principle that each individual has the right to life, liberty, property and the pursuit of happiness. The moral premise of individual rights is: selfishness. Telling young college graduates as they embark on a career that they exist for the sake of others (Mrs. Obama’s wicked guilt trip has to be heard to be believed) is explicitly anti-American. It is also inherently religious. Obama’s Judeo-Christian opponents, take note: Barack Obama is one of yours.

Supreme Court Rules Against Freedom of Speech

The Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision against Fox in the television network’s case versus the fascist Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Fox rightly asserted that the FCC’s “fleeting expletive” rule is arbitrary. But Conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, writing for the majority, stated that he did not find the rule arbitrary and capricious, as Fox claims. So, this decision is extremely harmful to freedom of speech because broadcasters will continue to be censored and live in fear of government penalties. However, the Supreme Court dodged the issue of whether the FCC rule is Constitutional (censorship is certainly not Constitutional) giving a lower court a crack at addressing that fundamental issue. Look for more on this highly important case, which may determine how quickly we advance toward dictatorship.