Alito, Schlafly, slavery

As for why to fight Alito, what the New York Times said. I got nothing better than that.

Perhaps the most important piece of the entire editorial is this:

"The White House has tried to create an air of inevitability around this nomination. But there is no reason to believe that Alito is any more popular than the president who nominated him. Outside a small but vocal group of hard-core conservatives, America has greeted the nomination with a shrug - and counted on its senators to make the right decision."
Elsewhere, in a column published in humorously right wing Human Events Online, Phyllis Schlafly concludes her rant in favor of the court's adherence to her belief system with this fresh perspective (emphasis mine):
"When liberals rant about the need for an independent judiciary, what they really want is a judiciary independent of the Constitution. Because Samuel Alito said during his interrogation that he respects the "text" of the U.S. Constitution, we trust he means what he said and will not succumb to the liberal equivocation that the Constitution is an evolving document that judges can reinterpret."
Wasn't the lack of reinterpretation of the Constitution what led to the Dred Scott decision reinforcing the status of black Americans as property? In other words, according to the principles that Schlafly believes in, wasn't Dred Scott a good decision?

--> Sign up for Peek in your inbox... every morning! (Go here and check Peek box).

Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. AlterNet’s journalists work tirelessly to counter the traditional corporate media narrative. We’re here seven days a week, 365 days a year. And we’re proud to say that we’ve been bringing you the real, unfiltered news for 20 years—longer than any other progressive news site on the Internet.

It’s through the generosity of our supporters that we’re able to share with you all the underreported news you need to know. Independent journalism is increasingly imperiled; ads alone can’t pay our bills. AlterNet counts on readers like you to support our coverage. Did you enjoy content from David Cay Johnston, Common Dreams, Raw Story and Robert Reich? Opinion from Salon and Jim Hightower? Analysis by The Conversation? Then join the hundreds of readers who have supported AlterNet this year.

Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure AlterNet remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to AlterNet, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.