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  •  hardcore authoritarian (4.00)
    i think we need to look beyond his two years on the bench.  his track record looks pretty extensive to me.  and almost all of it paints a picture of not just an extreme conservative ideologue but an extreme authoritarian to boot.

    here's the AFJ's rejoinder to the "just doing his job" argument:

    During the administration of President George H.W. Bush, Roberts served as  Deputy Solicitor General.  He was the "political deputy" in the Solicitor General's  office and thus, unlike career Deputy Solicitor Generals, cannot dismiss positions  he took as simply arguments he was forced to make as part of his obligation to  zealously represent the interests of his client, the federal government.  While in  the Solicitor General's office during the Bush administration, Roberts co-authored  briefs in a number of controversial cases.

    they've got lots of good stuff in that article, please go read it everyone (did you know he was fox news' attorney?)

    he appears to have gravitated toward the most extreme corporate apologist positions imaginable.  he's anti-worker, anti-environment, anti-voting-rights-act, pro-segregation, etcetera, etcetera.

    and he seems to have repeatedly taken cases and argued against as many of the bill of rights freedoms as he could find (1st, 4th, 8th for starters). and he's argued for weakening the establishment, contracts and commerce clauses...

    AFAICT he's a libertarian's nightmare.  that's the angle we should play up, IMHO.

    oh, and let's not forget how he personally chained a little girl to the third rail of the DC subway for eating one french fry.  (OK, that last is a bit of hyperbole, but not by much, and nothing compared to what the GOP would say if the shoe were on the other foot.)

    we'd better decide now if we are going to be fearless men or scared boys.
    — e.d. nixon, montgomery improvement association

    by zeke L on Tue Jul 19, 2005 at 05:07:20 PM PDT

    •  link to that article? (none)
      i would like to learn more about Roberts and any record of his unduly defending corporations ... do you have a link for the article you were talking about?
      •  link (none)
        (it's a PDF file)

        here's the scoop on roberts as assembled by the alliance for justice.  got it from one of kos's front page posts last night.

        we'd better decide now if we are going to be fearless men or scared boys.
        — e.d. nixon, montgomery improvement association

        by zeke L on Wed Jul 20, 2005 at 08:52:53 AM PDT

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