Supreme Court Hearings: Law vs. Rights

Here we go again, as the Senate conducts hearings upon the nomination of Samuel A. Alito for a seat on the United States Supreme Court. Four months ago John Roberts testified to the United States Senate Judiciary Committee about his understanding of the role of the judge.  He said  If I am confirmed, I will confront every case with an open mind. I will fully and fairly analyze the legal arguments that are presented. I will be open to the considered views of my colleagues on the bench. And I will decide every case based on the record, according to the rule of law, without fear or favor, to the best of my ability. And I will remember that it's my job to call balls and strikes and not to pitch or bat. Every conservative heart fluttered in admiration.  But it was already clear that the Democratic senators on the committee had a radically different idea of the role of the judge.  What about rights, they asked?  What about women's rights, workers' rights, minority...(Read Full Article)