|Guest: Judge Charles Pickering
"By a vote of 58-42, the Senate confirmed Samuel Alito's nomination to the Supreme Court. There is deep anger in the secular progressive precincts. With Chief Justice John Roberts and Alito on the court, traditionalists will rule, and secular progressives will have a much more difficult time getting their agenda mandated into law. Quick background: A traditionalist believes America was well-founded and does not want vast changes to the country. Secular progressives believe that the USA is a fundamentally flawed nation and needs a vast overhaul, including a move away from Judeo-Christian traditions. Ironically, the 9th Circuit Court in San Francisco makes my point. It has ruled that the congressional ban on partial birth abortion is unconstitutional. Remember, Congress is elected to make the laws, and the majority of lawmakers and Americans believe that aborting a baby in late term is wrong unless the life of the mother is in danger. But the 9th Circuit believes a baby can be terminated in the womb at any time, for any medical reason. This is a vivid example of judicial fiat. Roberts and Alito are not going to go along with that, and that's why Senator Kennedy and other secular progressives are so angry. They are losing power in this country and they know it."
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Judge Charles Pickering, whose own nomination to the federal appeals court was blocked by Senate liberals, joined Factor with his analysis of the Alito nomination. "The whole battle over the confirmation of judges is an extension of the culture war being waged in America today. On the left are secularists who want to take all references to God out of the public arena. They lost Congress, they loss the presidency, and the only place they can look for new rights are the courts. And Senator Kennedy is the leading spokesman for far left secularism in America today." Factor described how Senator Kennedy and others on the far left unfairly portray their opponents. "They say that if you oppose partial birth abortion or are in favor of parental notification, you're against women; if you oppose quotas you're against blacks; if you oppose gay marriage, you are violating the rights of homosexual Americans. Kennedy was almost off the rails when he knew Alito would be confirmed."