Monday, August 15, 2005

More insight into the mind of Judge Roberts

Thanks to some 5400 pages of records released by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on Monday, we now have a little more information on John Roberts' political leanings (hint: it's not looking good for the moonbats). Serving as a a young lawyer working for the Reagan administration, Roberts wrote several memos and drafts where he weighed in on the issues of the day.

According to the library records, Roberts:

Supported the Alabama law mandating a moment of silence for meditation or prayer. Said Roberts, "The conclusion ... that the Constitution prohibits such a moment of silent reflection or even silent `prayer' seems indefensible." Roberts felt that Rehnquist may have been to blame defeating the law, arguing that had the Justice kept his focus on the moment of silence statute in writing his opinion, he wouldn't have lost the support of O'Connor and Lewis Powell: "Thus, as I see it, Rehnquist took a tenuous five-person majority and ... ended up losing the majority."

Was against the proposal that a new appellate court be created to lighten the Supreme Court's burden -- an idea being floated by then Chief Justice Warren Burger. Roberts wrote that "The fault lies with the justices themselves, who unnecessarily take too many cases and issue opinions so confusing that they often do not even resolve the question presented."

Supported the idea that recess appointments were free to be exercised at the President's discretion. This was in response to Robert "sheets" Byrd's vocal (and likely rambling) opposition to the prospect of President Reagan implementing this option (hmmm... sounds vaguely familiar).

Was against upholding the "comparable worth" ruling having to do with perceived pay inequalities of women vs. men arguing that to rule on such cases represented abuse of judicial power in economic matters.

Was against the proposed idea of having President Reagan send a letter of thanks to Michael Jackson for giving underprivileged children free tickets to Washington area concerts. Roberts wrote that "Frankly I find the obsequious attitude of some members of the White House staff toward Mr. Jackson's attendants, and the fawning posture they would have the president of the United States adopt, more than a little embarrassing."

Hmmmm...Could common sense be making it's way back into the High Court? No wonder the libs are getting fidgety...