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Kagan in her own words
Posted By Bob Unruh On 06/29/2010 @ 9:21 pm In Front Page | Comments Disabled
Elena Kagan, President Obama’s pick for a lifetime appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court, today told those attending her Senate confirmation hearing evidence of what kind of judge she would be is available.
But a networking website that promotes the resistance of “efforts to move our nation away from our heritage of individual liberties” suggested that would make Kagan someone who gets drunk when her personal favorite for political office isn’t successful and openly challenges the decision-making of a sitting president.
“I think you can look to my whole life for indications of what kind of a judge or justice I would be,” Kagan told members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.
But a report on Resistnet.com, a compilation of statements from the nominee herself, reveals her to be a career political activist who advocates for a “more leftist Left.”
Resistnet.com is the social network of Grassfire Nation, a website that serves more than a million grass-roots conservatives in the U.S.
“For the past decade the word ‘grassfire’ has come to symbolize cutting edge grass-roots conservative online citizen networking. Now the legacy of ‘Grassfire’ continues through Grassfire Nation – a division of Grassroots Action, a privately held Internet activism-services organization that provides news, information and grass-roots activism services to individuals and organizations,” the organization explains.
“We seek to provide a wide array of services to the Grassfire Nation so YOU can take action. These services include petitions, resources and practical ways for you to take a stand on key issues of our day. Our goal is to provide information and resources to grass-roots conservatives so you can expand your impact.”
The Kagan entries reveal that as a 20-something in 1980, when Kagan worked on the campaign of noted liberal Rep. Elizabeth Holtzman, who lost in that year’s Republican sweep, Kagan “cried,” and believed that “the world had gone mad, that liberalism was dead.”
According to Resistnet, Kagan’s statements include: “I worked for Liz Holtzman last summer – some 14 hours a day, six days a week. So that night I was at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, attending what I was fairly certain was going to be a celebration. Instead, it was a wake. And let me tell you there is nothing more depressing than drinking vodka and tonics and watching Walter Cronkite with 500 other people whose expectations had differed similarly from reality. I got kind of drunk that night. A lot of people did. Most of us had grown to admire, even to love, Liz or rather, not Liz herself – actually, she was not terribly personable – but her intelligence, her integrity, her ideals. The defeat of those qualities by an ultraconservative machine politician just come from the town of Hempstead was not a pleasant thing to watch.”
At that time, she revived herself with hopes that the nation would lurch suddenly left at some point in the future.
“In my more rational moments, I can now argue that the next few years will be marked by American disillusionment with conservative programs and solutions, and that a new, revitalized, perhaps more leftist Left will once again come to the fore,” she wrote.
Kagan later worked as a researcher on the Michael Dukakis presidential campaign, hunting down information about his opponents, the report said.
In the 1990s, her goal was to score political points against a Republican Congress for the Clinton White House.
She said at the time, “During most of the time I spent in the White House, I did not serve as an attorney; I was instead a policy adviser. … It was part of my job not to give legal advice, but to choose when and how to ask for it.”
The organization’s report said during that time she “suggested transforming what was supposed to be a routine literacy event at a Maryland school into a chance to score points against the Republican Congress.”
Further, her e-mails reveal a willingness to reject the decisions of her own party’s president. The report reveals that while she told senators at her confirmation hearing today, “I worked for President Bill Clinton and we tried to implement his policy views and objectives,” she actually held another agenda.
E-mails from that period of history reveal she sent a memo to Clinton about a policy on partial-birth abortion, the practice of delivering a baby part way, then killing it before finishing the delivery.
She cites “Option 1,” which stated, “No use of this procedure in pre- or post-viability stage unless the abortion is being performed because the pregnancy itself threatens life or serious adverse health consequences.”
When Clinton responded with his choice, Option 1, she wrote to a colleague, “This is a problem. … Call me whenever.”
She also has been highly critical of the Senate confirmation process for nominees and called for more hearings like those during which unprecedented liberal attacks were launched against nominee Robert Bork. The hearings are so well known that politicians use the term “Borked” to represent a vicious attack on a person.
“The problem is not that the Bork hearings have set a pattern for all others; the problem is that they have not,” she said in 1995. “And the problem is not that senators engage in substantive discussion with Supreme Court nominees; the problem is that they do not. Senators effectively have accepted the limits on inquiry … the challenge now is to overthrow them.”
Kagan’s views have prompted WND founder and CEO Joseph Farah to launch a two-pronged campaign to block the nominee’s appointment to the Supreme Court.
In addition to an online petition to the Senate opposing her confirmation, Farah has announced a campaign to inundate senators with thousands of letters calling for her rejection for a lifelong appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court.
“Kagan is not what Americans want and she is not what the country needs,” the letter reads in part. “At a time when Americans are recognizing the unique blessings of their Constitution, she advocates the consideration of foreign laws in shaping Supreme Court rulings.”
“I urge everyone to sign the petition and take part in this easy, simple, effective and inexpensive campaign to bombard the Senate with opposition to this nominee,” said Farah.
The letter campaign is based on previously successful efforts in which nearly 10 million “pink slips” were delivered to members of Congress opposing nationalization of health care, cap-and-trade legislation, hate-crimes laws and other bills, as well as the current campaign to stop amnesty in the U.S. Senate.
The “stop Kagan” campaign allows any American citizen to generate 100 individually addressed letters to every U.S. senator, each including the name of the sender and all delivered by FedEx for the low price of just $24.95. That comes out to less than the cost of snail-mailing the 100 letters yourself.
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