Sunday, April 18, 2010

The Importance Of Labels

On her Facebook page, Cathy McMorris Rodgers had this to say about Judge Barbara Crabb's opinion and order (PDF) in the case of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, et al, v. President Barack Obama. (By the way, NPR has a good, short article about the judge's decision.)

Interestingly enough, the Fox News blog post link she provided is a fairly objective report of the judge's decision. There's no labeling of the judge as an activist so our congresswoman came up with that herself. Well, it is an election year.

This is only the latest example of judicial activism in America which goes against the spirit and values of the American people.

If only she had listed other examples of judicial activism that go against our spirit and values.

I support judges who apply the law, not invent the law.

Had she read the judge's lengthy opinion, our congresswoman would be hard pressed to pick out any invented parts.

Congress has a right to carefully review all of the President’s judicial appointments to ensure they understand their proper role in the constitutional system.

No, the President appoints the judges "by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate". It's in the Constitution.

Rather than read the opinion and address any legal issues, Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers decided to label the judge and possibly score some points with the electorate. I look forward to the day when she addresses a topic with objectively and rationally. But this is an election year.

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