The Democrat members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee have staged unprecedented filibusters inorder to obstruct President Bush\'s Judicial Nominees.
For example, Miguel Estrada earned a \"well qualified\" rating by the American Bar Association, its highest rating, he graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University and Harvard Law School, and he would be the first Hispanic to sit on this court.
Democrat senators claim that Estrada refused to answer questions about his record and constitutional views, and that his attempts to evade scrutiny on these issues prevented the Senate from fulfilling its constitutional responsibility to \"advise and consent\" to this judicial nomination. But, only two of 10 Judiciary Committee Democrats exercised their right to submit written questions to Estrada. Almost no questions were asked, and none were answered.
In fact, the true reasons for these specious Democrat filibusters are on the grounds of ideology. The Democrats choose to filibuster President Bush\'s judicial nominees because they are conservatives, not because they are unqualified or won\'t answers questions.
Alexander Hamilton wrote in Federalist Paper 76 that the Senate\'s role is to refuse nominations only for \"special and strong reasons\" having to do with \"unfit characters.\"
According to George Will (\"A judge well worth the fight\", 2/27/03), if the Senate rules, exploited by an anticonstitutional minority, are allowed to trump the Constitution\'s text and two centuries of practice, the Senate\'s power to consent to judicial nominations will have become a Senate right to require a 60-vote supermajority for confirmations. By thus nullifying the president\'s power to shape the judiciary, the Democrat Party will wield a presidential power without having won a presidential election.
Please help stop the Democrat filibusters against President Bush\'s judicial nominees, who all deserve an up-and-down vote by the full Senate. Thank you.
This signed petition will be sent to all the Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee:
Sen. John Edwards (D-NC)
Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA)
Sen. Joseph Biden (D-DE)
Sen. Herbert Kohl (D-WI)
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI)
Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY)
Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL)
Please feel free to write your Senator and forward this ipetition to a friend. Thank you.
The petition sponsor is an individual who believes that the President of the United States has a constitutional right and duty to shape the judiciary as provided by The Federalist Paper No. 76, which allows the Senate to provide \"advice and consent\", but not filibuster and obstruction.
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Democrats Block a Fourth Bush Judicial Nominee (10/30/03):
Judge Brown is Next (10/21/03):
The Battle Over Justice Brown (10/15/03):
Senate GOP Reconsiders All-Night Filibusters:
Miguel Estrada Withdraws His Nomination. \"I profoundly hope that, at some time in the future, I may be called again to serve my country in some capacity.\"
Dems Block Estrada Vote, Again (7/30/03):
Dems Block Owen Vote, Again (7/29/03):
GOP Votes To Break Nominee Filibusters (The Nuclear Option):
Group Sues Democrat Senators:
GOP Jab for Justice:
Senate May Go Nuclear:
Senate Fails for a SIXTH Time to Stop the Democrat Filibuster Against Estrada, Dems Also Block Owen, Kuhl Advances:
Senate Fails for a FIFTH time to Stop the Democrat Filibuster Against Estrada (5/5/03):
Dems Block Owen:
Dems to Filibuster Bush Judicial Nominee Owen:
Divided Senate Confirms Judicial Nominee Sutton:
\'Radical liberal groups call the tune as Senate minority obstructs another ABA unanimously well-qualified nominee,\' says CFJ:
Senate Fails for a FOURTH Time to Stop Democrat Filibuster Against Estrada (4/2/03):
Second Chance for Owen (3/27/03):
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Democrats and Racial McCarthyism:
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