Goodwin Liu: Radical on the Bench

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is largely regarded as the most liberal in the nation. It’s about to get a lot worse.

Goodwin Liu, a Berkeley law professor, doesnt even meet the basic criteria for this position. He has no trial experience and hasn’t been out of law school for 12 years. While this hasn’t stopped nominations in the past, this, coupled with his extreme views should disqualify him. His radical views have made him one of the most contested candidates to the bench in recent history. Some of his left-wing views include:

●        Envisioning the judiciary “as a culturally situated interpreter of social meaning.” Judges interpret the Constitution and laws, NOT current social trends.
●        A right to welfare
He used the term “welfare” to state that people have a right to “education, shelter, subsistence, health care and the like, or to the money these things cost.” 1) states currently provide taxpayer-funded education, 2) health care is already provided to the poor and, 3) money is not a right. There are programs and organizations that provide all of the services listed, but to suggest that additional money for these services is somehow a right is completely absurd
●        Racial preferences in school choice
He believes in setting aside funding for charter school programs that “use the racial composition of the broader metropolitan area as the reference point for measuring and rewarding diversity.” Basically, he wants to impose Affirmative Action when it comes to school choice and funding.
●        Anti-death penalty
Professor Liu does not believe in the death penalty and would not allow it in any case. Judges should not obstruct the judicial process based on personal beliefs, yet that is exactly what Liu’s writings suggest he would do.
●        Claims conservatives are anti-environment, anti-worker, anti-consumer
He wrote in his opposition to Justice Roberts, “‘free enterprise,’ ‘private ownership of property,’ and ‘limited government.’ These are code words for an ideological agenda hostile to environmental, workplace, and consumer protections.” This clear animosity towards the principles that America was founded on show that he can’t be an impartial judge of the Constitution.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) praised Liu after meeting with him, saying that “the court of appeals is where law is made, and we need the finest minds in the world for that.” Wait, I thought law was made in Congress. I guess the Majority Leader knows better.

A judge with this much controversy surrounding him should never make it into the Court of Appeals. His scholarly writings clearly promote an ideological thought process and to think that he wouldn’t use his lifetime appointment to shape law and advance his own agenda is naïve.

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