The Daily Sandwich

"We have to learn the lesson that intellectual honesty is fundamental for everything we cherish." -Sir Karl Popper

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Wednesday, July 20, 2005

The first of the poop on Roberts

MoveOn passed this on in a message. As expected, he's pretty much against the things most Americans are for. Anyway, here are a few nuggets:

Wrong on environmental protection:
Roberts appears to want to limit the scope of the Endangered Species Act, and in papers he wrote while in law school he supported far-right legal theories about "takings" which would make it almost impossible for the government to enforce most environmental legislation.

Wrong on civil rights: Roberts worked to keep Congress from defending parts of the Voting Rights Act.

Wrong on human rights: As a appeals court judge, Roberts ruled that the Geneva Convention doesn't apply to some prisoners of war.

Wrong on our right to religious freedom: Roberts argued that schools should be able to impose religious speech on attendees.

Wrong on women's rights:
Roberts wrote that "Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided and should be overruled." He also weighed in on behalf of Operation Rescue, a violent anti-abortion group, in a federal case.

Senator Durbin has already made a statement that Roberts is not mainstream, and that makes for a controversial hearing. Right on. Write to your waffling Democratic Senators (if you have them) and remind them of just how far-out this guy is.