Today's Reason To Drive Out the Bush Regime

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Bush has always declared that he would nominate Supreme Court justices who have the philosophy of Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. But he has nominated people who have little or no public record. So what, let=s ask, is Scalia=s philosophy?

In a January 2002 speech at the University of Chicago Divinity School Scalia argued that the state B and specifically, the government of the United States B derives its legitimacy and power from God. And because God, according to Scalia, has the power of life and death over people, so too should the state. Scalia then approvingly quoted the evangelist Paul:

Let every soul be subject unto higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? Do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: for he is minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. (Romans 13:1-4)

Scalia then went on to use this argument to justify the morality of capital punishment, approvingly noting that Athe more Christian a country is the less likely it is to regard the death penalty as immoral. . . I attribute that to the fact that, for the believing Christian, death is no big deal.@

Why is every nominee to the Supreme Court NOT asked to comment on Scalia=s astounding theocratic speech? Why is Bush not called to account for holding Scalia up as a paragon of judicial philosophy?

What does all that say about the direction of this society? And will you go along with that direction?

Or will you resist?