The Ottumwa Courier

October 17, 2012

Don’t let Romney decide Supreme Court nominees


OTTUMWA — Romney has said he believes Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion, should be overturned.

When we have our presidential election, if Obama is re-elected, he will serve an additional four years. If Romney is elected, he will serve four years with the possibility of four more years after another election.

The Supreme Court is entirely different. When a new justice is sworn in, it is a lifetime appointment. Any new justice will probably serve for the next 30-40 years.

Our current court is split four (liberal) and four (conservative) with one swing vote (Kennedy) who more frequently votes with the conservative side.

Robert Bork, one of the most right-wing conservative judges in the country, is Romney’s advisor on Supreme Court appointments. We are possibly one justice away from Roe v. Wade being overturned.

Romney will also appoint justices that have corporate interests over middle-class interests.

There are many other issues that the Republican right is pushing that would set our country back 50 years.

There will likely be one or two justices appointed over the next four years, because four of the current justices are 74 years of age or older and not all are in good health. Who will make these appointments is one of the most important factors to consider in the coming election.

Ricky Kleinman