Supreme Court Nominees Critical for Constitution

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Thursday, July 10, 2003

Supreme Court Nominees Critical for Constitution

There's been a lot of talk in recent days about the direction of the Supreme Court. Justice Sandra Day O'Connor said in an interview she has no plans to retire, which means we'll have to put up with more of her shifting interpretations of the Constitution.

She and Justice Stephen Breyer appeared on ABC's "Good Morning America." Breyer talked about the need to adapt to increasing globalization and "whether our Constitution fits into the governing documents of other nations."

Excuse me, but the Constitution says no such thing. Justices are sworn to uphold it, not to make it fit into the governing documents of other nations. If those nations were so great, then we would be emulating them, not the reverse.

This is the dangerous philosophy of judges who make up the law to suit their prejudices and worldview. It is why Justice Scalia has been so right on this issue and nearly everyone else wrong. It is why the next nominees to the court will be critical for its - and our - direction for, perhaps, forty years.

I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.

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