September 13, 2005
The senate judiciary committee yesterday opened hearings on the confirmation of John Roberts to be Chief Justice of the supreme court.
18 senators took their ten minute opening statements to pontificate in ways only senators can do.
Unless there is a major flub by Roberts, democrats and republicans expect him to be confirmed.
Who knows how he will rule?
One must trust the philosophy and statements by President Bush and Judge Roberts, himself, that Roberts is a conservative who believes in the constitution - as written.
But people change, especially judges named by republicans, so one never knows for sure.
This is a battle for the future of the country.
But I have long believed that government reflects the hearts of people, not the reverse.
We are a nation that trusts in military might more than the power and person of God.
Is he, therefore, giving us over to our God of materialism?
I'm not a prophet and don't know, but I have my suspicions.
I hope you will watch at least some of these hearings, they say a lot about the senate, about Judge Roberts and about us.
I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.