Miers on Self-Determination

by TChris

The right wing has one more reason to worry that Harriet Miers might not support their extreme views if her Supreme Court nomination is confirmed.

Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers said in a speech more than a decade ago that “self-determination” should guide decisions about abortion and school prayer and that in cases where scientific facts are disputed and religious beliefs vary, “government should not act.”

Miers’ professed belief that individuals should make their own decisions about contentious social issues, and her apparent belief that science should not give way to a governmentally-advanced religious agenda, prompted Mathew Staver, president and general counsel for the Liberty Counsel, to make the bizarre charge that Miers would be a judicial activist. While most might think that a judicial activist would actively impose his or her own will on others rather than letting them decide for themselves, any judge who lets individuals make their own choices about whether to pray or to have an abortion is apparently an “activist” in Staver’s world.

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    Re: Miers on Self-Determination (none / 0) (#1)
    by Dadler on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:05:25 PM EST
    But I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now. --Bob Dylan

    Re: Miers on Self-Determination (none / 0) (#2)
    by Che's Lounge on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:05:25 PM EST
    "Harriette, I want you to take this questionaire back and keep trying until you get the answers RIGHT! Er... I mean CORRECT!"

    Re: Miers on Self-Determination (none / 0) (#4)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:05:26 PM EST
    I'm sure that Miers is a decent human being. Well, I at least hope so anyway. The problem is that, from a juridical perspective, she's an embryo. As an embryo, Miers can develop along almost an infinite number of trajectories. Which, while normally a good thing, in this case, it is very much a bad thing, to all concerned. It still amazes me that Rove never thought this all the way through. Juridical embryos are dangerous in today's political climate - to both the Right and the Left. And it seems the Right and the Left have now been awakened to this fact. To avoid the nasty slogfest to come, Miers should do what Bush seems unable to do: withdraw her nomination and walk away now, while she still has her dignity.