May 15th, 2010
By Jeffrey T. Kuhner, Washington Times
Obama is packing the Court with his cronies
President Obama is subverting the Supreme Court. His latest pick for the high court, Solicitor General Elena Kagan, is a radical leftist who would rubber-stamp Mr. Obama’s transformative socialist agenda. She is not an independent, serious nominee, but an Obama ideological clone.
The Supreme Court is the nation’s highest legal body. It represents the apex of a separate branch of government designed to serve as a pivotal check and balance against the executive and legislative branches. A functioning democracy based on the rule of law depends upon an independent judiciary – especially, a Supreme Court immune from the corrosive grasp of political power.
This is why dictators and socialist autocrats often seek to control their nations’ supreme courts: By imposing their will on the high court they can bend the nation’s judiciary to submit to their rule. Dominating the high court removes a major institutional bulwark to consolidating state power. Hence, our Founding Fathers believed that Supreme Court justices should be individuals of the highest intelligence, character, moral integrity, political independence and fair-minded temperament. They are not – and should never be – partisan hacks.
Ms. Kagan is unfit to sit on the high court. She is an incompetent apparatchik, whose only purpose is to blindly advance Mr. Obama’s revolutionary progressivism. She possesses no judicial experience; never once being a judge. Her litigation background is thin. She is neither an accomplished lawyer nor jurist. She is no Oliver Wendell Holmes.