April 11, 2008

Democrat-controlled Senate Worst in 160 Years in Confirming President's Judicial Nominees in Presidential Election Year - Worst Record Since 1848 when James Polk was 11th President of USA - Chairman Patrick Leahy accused of "Gross Dereliction of Duty"

Senator Orrin Hatch, R-UT, previous Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said regarding the dismal record of judicial comfirmations by the current Democrat Leader of the Senate, Harry Reid (Nevada) and the current Democrat Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Patrick Leahy (Vermont): “The majority has stalled judicial confirmation votes longer this year than in any presidential election year since 1848. … The last time the Senate waited this long in a presidential election year to confirm federal judges, James Polk, the 11th President, was in the White House.

Since I was first elected, there have been seven Congresses like this one that included a presidential election year. During each of these presidential election Congresses, the Judiciary Committee held hearings for an average of 25 appeals court nominees. But today, more than fifteen months into the 110th Congress, the Judiciary Committee has held a hearing for only five appeals court nominees.”

Indeed, after 4 months of not confirming one appeals court judge, one of President Bush's nominees, Catharina Haynes (to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals) was finally approved by the left-wing Senate for a total of 7 in the Democrat-controlled 110th Congress. On the other hand, the Republican Senate confirmed 15 of Bill Clinton's liberal judges during his last 2 years in office in 1997 and 1998.

Earlier this week seven Republican Senators took to the Senate floor to denounce the crass and partisan obstruction of President Bush's judicial nominees by the left-wing Democrats. They informed the Democrats that there would be a price to pay in Senate proceedings if the obstruction continued. Senator Arlen Specter, R-PA, ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee said: "There is a growing movement in the Republican caucus to hold up legislation if we cannot move in any other way to get justice on the confirmation of these judges.”

Another member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Sam Brownback, Republican from Kansas said: "I think you're going to see people start to jam the body down and say that, unless we start approving some circuit court judges, business isn't going to happen around here.… It may come to a complete standstill if we don't start getting some judges. … The majority party can choose to go that route. … We are really going to have a big debate then across the country on that. Meanwhile, the whole nation just wants us to get the work done and we're not getting it done because judges aren't being approved.”

The ranking Republican member of the Senate, Senator Mitch McConnell (Kentucky) said: "The Judiciary Committee has held only one hearing on one circuit court nominee since last September.… It’s not as if the Committee has been otherwise occupied. This is another week in which the Committee could have held a hearing, for example, on the qualified nominees to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, but it again chose not to do so. These nominees meet the Chairman’s own criteria for prompt consideration. Nevertheless, they have been inexplicably languishing in the Committee for hundreds of days without a hearing while the Fourth Circuit is one-third vacant.

Fnally, Senator Tom Coburn, R-OK, said: "The Chairman's unwillingness to even hold hearings on numerous judicial nominees is gross dereliction of duty. It is disappointing that the committee is putting election year partisan politics ahead of its constitutional duty to give 'advice and consent' to the president's judicial nominees. If Senators can find time to attend fundraisers, process thousands of earmark requests and be guests on talk shows they can find time to do the job there were elected to do, and are required to do under out Constitution."



Scientists Are Finally Coming to Agree with Conclusion that Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research Has NOT been Successful While Adult Stem Cell Research Continues to Yield Great Successes

This week, LifeNews.com published an article stating that scientists are finally coming to the conclusion that human embryonic stem cell research, which destroys human embryos, has not been successful. "Lord Patel of Dunkeld, England, the chairman of the (United Kingdom) National Stem Cell Network and a chancellor at Dundee University, says embryonic stem cell research is simply not working. He conceded in an interview with the Scotsman newspaper that the controversial science may never deliver new treatments for diseases." This is what Christian Coalition of America -- and other groups advocating for the innocent unborn -- have been trumpeting for years in trying to persuade naive, and in many cases, partisan, Members of Congress not to fund this immoral research with American tax dollars.

Lord Patel said, "In terms of embryonic stem cell therapy, there is currently no such therapy that is available in large numbers of patients. We have to be cautious. It may not deliver therapy for anything. We may find that stem therapy is quite a risky business."

On the other hand, successes using adult stem cells continues to grow. It would behoove state legislatures -- such as California's which authorized a whopping 3 billion dollars for this useless embryonic stem cell research -- and the United States Congress to fund research using non-controversial adult stem cells which have produced successes in treating over 70 diseases.

LifeNews.com also reported this week that scientists have been able to make adult stem cells revert to their embryonic form by turning human skin cells (fibroblasts) into pluripotent stem cells sharing essentially all the features of human embryonic stem cells. Scientists at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research have used the reprogrammed cells to successfully treat Parkinson's disease in mice. It is time for the United States Congress to fund what works and not the politically correct, immoral and useless human embryonic stem cell destruction research.


Kansas Supreme Court Holds Hearing on Tuesday on Subpoenaed Medical Records of America's Most Infamous Abortionist, George Tiller

The Supreme Court of Kansas on Tuesday heard arguments regarding the subpoenaed medical records of George Tiller, the infamous abortionist in the state of Kansas who has done countless late-term abortions including illegal partial-birth abortions. Tiller refused to turn over some 2,000 late-term abortion records which a grand jury in Sedgwick County, Kansas demanded from him even though the grand jury allowed him to redact his victims' personal information before the jury saw the records.

There have been numerous allegations against Tiller that he did not determine the viability of the unborn babies he killed nor did he consult with a second physician required by law. A grand jury lawyer also acting on behalf of two county judges who are supervising the grand jury panel told the judges on the Kansas Supreme Court that the grand jury has definitely not overstepped its bounds in demanding the 2,000 records from George Tiller. There was no decision issued after Tuesday's hearing by the Kansas Supreme Court, but it is expected to issue a decision in the next several months because the term of the Sedgwick County grand jury expires on July 7th.


Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Blasts Liberals' Concept of a "Living Constitution" on Wednesday During Talk to High School Students - Tells Them a "Right" to Abortion is NOT in the Constitution (Roe v. Wade wrongly decided)

On Wednesday, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia -- appointed to the nation's top court by President Ronald Reagan -- blasted the liberals' idea of a "living constitution" such as when 7 extreme left-wing Supreme Court justices in January 1973 somehow found a "right" to abortion in America.

"The Washington Post" yesterday in an article called Justice Scalia "an evangelist for his 'originalist' view of the Constitution." The newspaper said that a Thomas Jefferson High School student gave Justice Scalia "a chance to take a whack at the concept of the 'living Constitution' and to expound on his own view that the only valid way to interpret the document is by determining what it was 'understood by the American people to mean when they adopted it.'"

LifeNews.com reported in its article this week (which "The Washinton Post" did not mention in its article yesterday,) that Justice Scalia said that there is NO right to abortion in the United States Constitution. He told law students this this week at Roger Williams University and to law students at the University of Central Missouri last month. "...Scalia said a legal right to an abortion is not found in the document that guides our judicial process. If abortion advocates wanted to create a legitimate abortion right, they should rely on passing laws in the legislature rather than asking courts to unilaterally create one, he said.

"'You want the right to abortion? Create it the way most rights are created in a democracy. Persuade your fellow citizens it's a good idea — and pass a law,” Scalia said. As he has before, Justice Scalia, who pro-life advocates hope will someday be one of the five votes on the high court to reverse Roe v. Wade, said the Constitution is not a living document that changes with the times.

"According to a report in The Day newspaper, Scalia told the RWU law school students he didn't think the Senate would confirm him today as it did on a 98-0 vote decades ago...."

"...'The reality is the Constitution doesn't address the subject at all,' Scalia said of abortion. 'It is one of the many subjects not in the Constitution which is therefore left to democracy. If you want the right to an abortion, persuade your fellow citizens it’s a good idea and pass a law. If you feel the other way, repeal the law,' he said.

"During the speech, Scalia also rejected the idea that the Supreme Court is bound by precedent -- such as in the Dred Scott or Roe v. Wade cases. 'For me, perhaps most important of all, does the precedent allow me to function as a lawyer, which is what a judge is supposed to do?' he asked."


Christian Coalition Activists Need to Encourage 110th Congress to Pass Both "Net Neutrality" and "Multicast-Equal Access" Legislation to Prevent Discrimination Against Religious Broadcasters - Democrat-controlled Congress Expected to Pass "Net Neutrality"

"Multicast/Equal Access" (formerly called "Multicast/Must-carry") will go a long way to preventing discrimination against religious broadcasters. Without a "Multicast/Equal Access" law, the cable and satellite companies would probably not add new Christian channels and the influence of current Christian channels will be diluted.

ACTION ITEM: Please all your Congressman at 202-225-3121 or you can go to http://www.cc.org/contactcongress.cfm and email them and urge them to co-sponsor the Net Neutrality legislation introduced by Republican Congressman Charles "Chip" Pickering and Democrat Congressman Edward Markey called the "Internet Freedom Preservation Act of 2008," H.R. 5353.


Join the Christian Coalition’s Judicial Task Force, which is dedicated to ending the obstruction of the President's judicial nominees and ensuring that they ALL receive a fair "up or down" vote by the full Senate

Please sign our petition and join the Judicial Task Force at: http://www.cc.org/taskforce.cfm

Encourage your family, friends and church friends to also sign the petition at our website and to join the Christian Coalition’s Judicial Task Force, which is dedicated to ending the obstruction of the President's judicial nominees and ensuring that they ALL receive a fair "up or down" vote by the full Senate.

There are a number of President Bush's Circuit Court of Appeals' nominees who have not yet received a Senate floor vote. The challenge to confirm President Bush's nominees in a Democrat-controlled Senate will be very difficult and we need your help in doing just that. You will become part of a team of individuals who are committed to being ready on a moment’s notice to take action when obstruction occurs.


Please keep the above issues in prayer. Through prayer and action great and mighty things can be accomplished.

Psalm 33:12 “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord…”

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