Should Tallahassee citizens support President Bush’s nomination for Judge Samuel Alito to replace Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor?
Yes and No. Alito is not concerned about the people. He is a conservative, and conservatives are “right wing” individuals.
According to the United States Election glossary, conservatives are people who generally like to uphold current conditions and oppose change.
O’ Connor stands for change. In many Supreme Court cases, O’Connor’s swing vote made the difference.
In Grutter v. Bollinger, an affirmative action case, O’Connor’s beliefs opposed the majority.
In her opinion, the University of Michigan’s undergraduate admissions program was engaged in unconstitutional reverse discrimination, but the more limited type of affirmative action in the University of Michigan Law School’s admission program was held to be constitutional, according to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
In many cases, Alito’s beliefs are not the same as O’Connor’s. He doesn’t support affirmative action and he doesn’t believe women should have the right to decide on childbirth. Whoever replaces O’Connor should have similar philosophies and the same beliefs as her.
According to the Tallahassee Democrat, Alito’s record on the appeals court shows that he doesn’t favor privacy rights and civil rights.
But, Alito does meet some of the qualifications. He has experience as a judge, unlike Bush’s last nominee, Harriet Miers.
He earned his law degrees at Princeton and Yale Universities. He served as a judge for the Third Circuit of U.S. Court of Appeals and was deputy assistant to the U.S. attorney general.
If Alito stands “to protect the constitutional right of all Americans,” then maybe he is the best candidate for the job, but only time will tell.