After confirming a liberal judge to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals earlier this week as their first act of 2016, Senate Republicans are prepared to confirm yet another liberal judge next week. And once again, they are sneaking it in as the first vote on Tuesday so that opponents can’t mobilize. Welcome to Orwell’s “1984” where the opposition party is not really the opposition party.
On Tuesday afternoon, Republicans will vote to confirm Wilhelmina Marie Wright, a sitting member of the Minnesota state Supreme Court, to the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota. Just who is Ms. Wright?
Writing a short entry for the UCLA Law Review in 1990 (page 18-19 of PDF), Ms. Wright brazenly asserted that, “[T]he practice of American racism is based on two principles: the sanctity of property and the belief in the hierarchy of races.” She concludes as follows:
The failure of today’s racial discourse is its reliance on the notion that property is neutral, that the deed to a suburban home is ‘property’ while the opportunity to move out of a slum is not. The fungibility of property can be no better exemplified than it is by slavery. The fact that our Constitution once recognized one person’s very life and liberty as another’s property should teach us the danger of letting property determine liberty rather than looking to liberty to define property.
If you want to know why every Democrat-appointed and many GOP-appointed judges believe the Constitution is unconstitutional, here’s the source. They oppose the fundamental negative rights expressed in our founding documents, replace them with man-made positive rights for favored classes, and point to flaws with the settlement of our continent with regard to slavery as justification for upending the Constitution outside the legitimate amendment process.
As part of the preamble of our Declaration of Independence, our founders asserted the self-evident, God-given right to property rights and that, much like life and liberty, all men were created equal in that respect. Yet, Ms. Wright, much like all of Obama’s judicial tyrants, believes our foundational values are rooted in racism.
Obviously, as is always the case, Wright downplays this article as a submission she was asked to write as a law student, and of course, she would only uphold the written word of the Constitution as a federal judge. It’s this cat-and-mouse game that has gotten Republicans to confirm so many post-constitutional judges. This is why we have case law infringing upon property rights, gun rights, and commerce rights. At the same time, we have the creation of super rights to affirmative action, abortion, universal recognition of a gay marriage, and special protection for illegal aliens. It stems from this mentality that is clearly rooted in Ms. Wright’s deeply-held beliefs.
But rather than learn the lessons of the constitutional massacre at the Supreme Court this term, Republicans are gratuitously confirming more judges to lifetime appointments who will continue the assault on our Constitution. And remember, as I pointed out earlier this week, by confirming Wright with overwhelming support to serve on a district bench, it will make it easier for Democrats to get her confirmed to an appellate bench in the future. Furthermore, the GOP’s alacrity to confirm Obama judges has just prompted the White House to submit the nomination of two more individuals to serve on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
Meanwhile, Obama continues to surrender our sovereignty to the U.N. on immigration, our security to the Iranian Mullahs and the Muslim Brotherhood, and our system of governance to the unelected bureaucracies. And there is nothing or nobody to deter him. It’s not as if Obama won’t get his judges confirmed.
Daniel Horowitz is a senior editor of Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @RMConservative.