The President has given in to the right wing's demand to be rewarded for his reelection, nominating Judge Samuel Alito to replace Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on the Supreme Court. The extremist faction that helped kill Harriet Miers' nomination has gotten what it wanted: a nominee in the mold of Thomas and Scalia. In fact, Alito has earned such a reputation for ideological activism while serving on the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit that he has been nicknamed "Scalito."
On the appeals court, Alito endorsed radical restrictions on reproductive choice -- such as requiring that a woman notify her husband before obtaining an abortion -- raising serious concerns about the future of Roe v. Wade if he is confirmed. He is a leader of the radical right-wing legal movement to prevent the federal government from enforcing civil rights protections. He has claimed that the federal government cannot fully apply the Family and Medical Leave Act to state employees. He has even argued that Congress could not enact a ban on the possession of machine guns. If confirmed, Alito could be a threat to our rights and liberties for a generation or more.
President Bush wasn't willing to stand up to the far right -- now it is up to the American people and our senators to stand up for the Constitution. Sign our petition urging your senators to oppose Alito's nomination to be associate justice of the Supreme Court.
--Your Allies at People For the American Way