The Odious Dr. Liu
I'm late commenting on it (for reasons I'll explain soon) but we here in the U.S. really dodged a bullet when Republicans blocked the nomination of Dr. Gordon Liu for the Ninth Circuit of Appeals.
Apart from the damage he would have done there, that job is often considered a stepping stone to the Supreme Court. If you wonder just how big the bullet was, this 2006 quote of his from the Yale Law Journal is enough:
On my account of the Constitution’s citizenship guarantee, federal responsibility logically extends to areas beyond education. Importantly, however, the duty of government cannot be reduced to simply providing the basic necessities of life…It's a pity, actually, that Dr. Liu is allowed to return to his teaching position at U.C. Berkeley's law school, where he may be doing more long-term damage than if he were on the Ninth Circuit. But that isn't in our control at the moment.
Beyond a minimal safety net, the legislative agenda of equal citizenship should extend to systems of support and opportunity that, like education, provide a foundation for political and economic autonomy and participation. The main pillars of the agenda would include basic employment supports such as expanded health insurance, child care, transportation subsidies, job training, and a robust earned income tax credit.
If we're to reclaim the United States from Progressives two things must happen:
- the State-sponsored factory-school system must be privatized and returned to reason, and
- all Progressive judges must be expunged from the courts.
We're still in considerable danger from both those influences, but at least we can claim this one (temporary) victory.