Just Because You Say It, Doesn’t Make It So
Chanting "Save our courts!" more than 100 people gathered on the steps of the Bergen County Courthouse on Wednesday to protest Republican efforts to appoint "right-wing judges" to the federal courts.For one we wish reporters would ask: “Rep Rothman, can your provide some examples of Priscilla Owen and Janice Rogers Brown’s attempt to roll back civil rights, workers’ rights, religious liberties or devastate the environment?” Hey, protesters: “Can you cite an example to back up your charges?”
Rep. Steve Rothman, D-Fair Lawn, vowed in a statement distributed by spokesman Brice Peyre to oppose "forever" out-of-the-mainstream judges bent on rolling back decades of progress on civil rights, the environment, workers' rights and religious liberties.
"This is about insane people getting on the court," said Josephine Cilia, 52, of Fort Lee, a teacher at Cliffside Park High School. "Everybody ought to be here. It's a question of the fundamental rules of democracy."
"The right wing is trying to take over the entire system of government, including the last resort - which is our judiciary, which is fundamental to our system of checks and balances," said Lewis Miller, 33, of Mahwah.
Teddy Stern, 22, of Englewood said he traveled to the courthouse after hearing about the rally from his mother. "I'm troubled that the conservative right is interpreting the Constitution a lot like they interpret the Bible, which is to say selectively, to support their own agenda," he said.
Joan Mokray of Franklin Lakes said protesters are counting on New Jersey Sens. Jon Corzine and Frank Lautenberg to help stop the GOP effort.
Repeating accusations over and over does not make them true. Rothman’s objections to Judge Janice Rogers Brown’s nomination have no basis in fact. To read the truth about Judge Brown see this report or Thomas Sowell’s "The Lynch Mob Gathers for Janice Rogers Brown, Part I, Part II and Part III."
The fact that Justice Brown received a 76 percent vote of approval from California voters in an election to confirm her appointment to the state Supreme Court hardly fits the label that Senator Schumer and other liberal Democrats are trying to pin on her.A picture is worth a thousand words and this liberal cartoon should tell you where the obstructionists are coming from:
California voters are hardly known for being on the far right. Yet they gave Janice Rogers Brown the highest vote of approval among the four justices on the same ballot.
The truth carries little weight -- if any -- in political efforts to block judicial nominees.