Thursday, May 31, 2007
Bush's Judge nominee proud racist and homophobe!
President Bush is determine to appoint this nominee who has poor record on civil rights for minorities such as women, african american, LGBT people, and hispanics.Bush has gotten some of the worst judges ever nominated for anything confimed and we'll be suffering the consequences for years to come, not just on the Supreme Court but throughout the judicial system. Bush's previous picks like Charles Pickering and when the Bush Regime moved to replace that dismal nomination with the even more bigoted Michael Wallace it didn't fly to well.The latest nightmare that Bush is trying to force on us is former Mississippi Court of Appeals Judge Leslie Southwick, a racist amd bigoted a**hole every bit as unacceptable.
Southwick's homophobia and racism are becoming known by the public and the fact that he seems proud of both traits. If Bush's nominee doesn't get confirmed fast then Bush will send this controversial nomination on to the full Senate, where he will be able to count on a handful of reactionary Democrats (and a reactionary ex-Democrat) to support Bush's goal of stuffing the courts full of pro-corporate, anti-civil rights judicial activists. The new Democratic Congress can NOT cave on this, especially since now they control both chambers. They cave when in the minority when Bush apointed Alito, and Roberts. As Ralph Neas of People For the American Way said today "regrettably, Southwick also has a troubling record and appears to be cut from the same cloth as [Pickering and Wallace]... Just like Pickering and Wallace before him, Southwick appears ready and willing to turn back the clock on fifty years of social justice progress in our nation. Southwick had an opportunity at his recent hearing to demonstrate a commitment to Americans’ individual rights and freedoms, but he proved that he still doesn’t get it. The Senate Judiciary Committee must reject Southwick’s confirmation.”
Here are Two of the cases that show the danger of confirming a character like Southwick are these examples from the Mississippi Court of Appeals:
• In 1998, while on the Mississippi Court of Appeals, Southwick joined a ruling in an employment case that upheld the reinstatement, without any punishment whatsoever, of a white state employee who was fired for calling an African American co-worker a "good ole nigger." The court's decision effectively ratified a hearing officer's opinion that the slur was only "somewhat derogatory" and "was in effect calling the individual a 'teacher's pet.'" The Mississippi Supreme Court unanimously reversed the decision.
• In 2001, Southwick joined a ruling that upheld a chancellor's decision to take an eight-year-old girl away from her mother and award custody to the father, who had never married the mother, largely because the mother was living with another woman in a "lesbian home." Southwick went even further by joining a gratuitously anti-gay concurrence which extolled Mississippi's right under "the principles of Federalism" to treat "homosexual persons" as second-class citizens. The concurrence suggested that sexual orientation is a choice and stated that an adult is not "relieved of the consequences of his or her choice" -- e.g., losing custody of one's child.
Civil rights and gay activists are concerned by the record of the Bush Administration's nominee to the Fifth Circuit are lobbying Democratic senators. Southwick formerly sat on the Mississippi Court of Appeals from 1995 to 2006. The Fifth Circuit covers Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas and only boasts one black jurist.
Justice MH's final thoughts: What i want to know is why is bush appointing judges who have poor civil rights records? It seems our much hated President is hell-bent on rolling back the clocks on justice and civil rights in our great country. Bush and the GOP seems to want to make it hard for minorities, and that is unacceptable. I'm hoping the Democratic-controlled Senate stop this kkk-racist-homophobic nomination by Bush. Thank God Bush is NOT dictator of this country!