Alito isn't just scaring the left-wing Democrats
Published: Saturday, January 21, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 20, 2006 at 11:33 p.m.
As a political independent and member of the Gainesville business
community, I have had the chance in recent days to discuss the Samuel Alito nomination with a substantial number of people on different parts of the political spectrum.
Opposition to Judge Alito's nomination does not just come from left-wing Democrats. There are many of us who are independents or Republicans who are very concerned about Judge Alito's lengthy record defending government intrusion into the lives of American citizens.
Alito's voluminous written record and his testimony at last week's hearings have a lot of us who advocate modest government and respect for
our constitutionally-guaranteed liberties "quaking in our boots," even if our "boots" are dress shoes rather than Birkentocks. Many of us who pray
are praying now that Alito's nomination is rejected by the Senate.
If he becomes a Supreme Court Justice, a day will come when we conservatives and independents who are keeping silent now, not wanting to rock the boat with our friends and political allies, will wish we had spoken up and said: "freedom from government intrusion is not just a value of the Democratic party. It is a cherished American value that must be defending vigorously at all times regardless of the political moment."
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