Friday, July 22, 2005

Roberts a Reminder of 2004 Election's Importance

TOM CURRY, MSNBC - At stake is the legislative legacy of the Democratic Party for the past 50 years.

Roberts has already suggested, in a dissent he wrote as an appellate judge in 2003, that the reach of Endangered Species Act of 1973 ought to be restricted. Although the Endangered Species Act was signed into law by Richard Nixon, it was passed by a Democratic-controlled Congress. To buttress his critique of a broad reading of the Endangered Species Act, Roberts cited the decisions written by Chief Justice William Rehnquist striking down key portions of the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 and the Gun Free School Zones Act of 1990.

Again, both of those laws were passed by Democratic-controlled Congresses.

In fact, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was one of the last major measures passed by the Democratic-controlled House before the Gingrich Revolution of 1994 ended 40 years of Democratic dominance.

A Republican-controlled Congress won’t rescind the Endangered Species Act or VAWA – the political cost of doing so would be too high. But Republican-appointed judges might tightly circumscribe such Democratic laws and in some cases, such as Rehnquist’s ruling on VAWA, have already done so. What is going on here is a historic tug of war between the Democratic past and the Republican present. Roberts would add another powerful force to the Republican side of the tug of war.


At 2:20 PM, Blogger Keith said...

I kept wondering when you would post about this.:)


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