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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Court Watch: Obama "Empathy" vs. Rule of Law

By Rick Pearcey • May 5, 2009, 07:50 AM

Justice David Souter's decision to step down from the Supreme Court is an opportune time to ask basic questions that go to the heart of freedom in America: Does Barack Obama understand law and respect the Constitution? Answer: No.

Thomas Sowell writes:

That President Obama has made "empathy" with certain groups one of his criteria for choosing a Supreme Court nominee is a dangerous sign of how much further the Supreme Court may be pushed away from the rule of law and toward even more arbitrary judicial edicts to advance the agenda of the left and set it in legal concrete, immune from the democratic process.

Would you want to go into court to appear before a judge with "empathy" for groups A, B and C, if you were a member of groups X, Y or Z? Nothing could be further from the rule of law. That would be bad news, even in a traffic court, much less in a court that has the last word on your rights under the Constitution of the United States.

Appoint enough Supreme Court justices with "empathy" for particular groups and you would have, for all practical purposes, repealed the 14th Amendment, which guarantees "equal protection of the laws" for all Americans.  

More from Thomas Sowell on "Empathy" vs. Rule of Law . . .

Obama Court Frontrunner Believes Constitution Grows "With the Times"
Obama, Souter, and the Problem of Tyranny
Obamalini's Coup D'etat