Goodwin Liu Unfit for Lifetime Appointment
As a member of the Conservative Action Project, ACRU CEO Susan Carleson and leaders of 26 other organizations representing a broad cross section of the conservative movement are united in opposing the nomination of Goodwin Liu to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
MEMO FOR THE MOVEMENT: GOODWIN LIU UNFIT FOR LIFETIME APPOINTMENT
RE: Goodwin Liu’s nomination to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Unlike other judicial nominees, there has been no announcement of bi-partisan support for this nomination of President Obama and last year the full Senate failed to even consider his nomination after he only received a partisan vote from the Senate Judiciary Committee. Goodwin Liu is unfit for a lifetime appointment to the federal bench because his statements and record demonstrate an extreme liberal agenda of judicial activism that he would impose from the bench.
ACTION: The nomination of Goodwin Liu is one of those rare instances constituting “extraordinary circumstances” where the U. S. Senate should reject this nominee as unsuitable for a lifetime appointment. “Extraordinary circumstances” is the standard agreed to by the bipartisan “Gang of 14” U.S. Senators in 2005 for opposing judicial nominations.
ISSUE-IN-BRIEF: Mr. Liu has repeatedly shown a lack of respect for the Constitution as the Supreme law of the land:
• Mr. Liu holds a radical view of constitutional rights. For example, in his 2008 Stanford Law Review article he supports a judicial role in establishing constitutional welfare rights–i.e., “affirmative rights,” to education, shelter, subsistence, health care and the like, or to the money these things cost. This is the view of rights President Obama raised that caused a stir, and which Judge Sotomayor rejected when asked if she took such a view during her confirmation hearing.
• In a 2006 article entitled “Education, Equality, and National Citizenship”, Liu suggests that the Constitution “assigns equal constitutional status to negative rights against government oppression and positive rights to government assistance on the ground that both are essential to liberty.”
• Mr. Liu has stated: “…it becomes pretty clear why ‘originalism’ or ‘strict construction’ don’t make a lot of sense. The Framers deliberately chose broad words so they would be adaptable over time.”
• Mr. Liu recklessly attacked the nominations of Supreme Court nominees John Roberts and Samuel Alito. In the case of Roberts, he wrote, in an op-ed, that “[h]is legal career is studded with activities unfriendly to civil rights, abortion rights, and the environment.” These unfounded charges were dismissed by judicial experts on both sides of the aisle and Roberts was confirmed with bi-partisan support.
• Mr. Liu actually testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee against the confirmation of Alito. Liu testified that then-Judge Alito was “at the margin, not the mainstream,” and that the America envisioned by his record on the bench “is not the America we know. Nor is it the America we aspire to be.” Alito was also confirmed with bi-partisan support.
• In a 2008 Stanford Law Review article, Mr. Liu wrote that judges should engage in “socially situated modes of reasoning that appeal … to the culturally and historically contingent meanings of particular social goods in our own society” and to “determine, at the moment of decision, whether our collective values on a given issue have converged to a degree that they can be persuasively crystallized and credibly absorbed into legal doctrine.” According to a Washington Times editorial: “Mr. Liu’s goal was to create a judicially enforceable, constitutional right to welfare.”
• It has been noted that Mr. Liu doesn’t meet the standards for federal judges outlined by the American Bar Association. These standards include “at least 12 years’ experience in the practice of law” and “substantial courtroom and trial experience.” Mr. Liu, who is only 39 years old, hasn’t even been out of law school for 12 years and has no experience as a trial lawyer.
• 42 of California’s 58 county district attorneys opposed Liu’s nomination in a March 2010 letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, saying they believe Liu is hostile to the death penalty.
• Mr. Liu implies racial quotas should continue indefinitely and in remarks before the American Constitution Society in August of 2003 advocates reviving “the idea of remedying societal discrimination as a justification for affirmative action.”
• Mr. Liu offered an amicus brief to the California Supreme Court in which he and others argued that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage (approved twice by the voters of California) was unconstitutional.
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The Conservative Action Project, chaired by former Attorney General Edwin Meese, is designed to facilitate conservative leaders working together on behalf of common goals. Participants include the CEO’s of over 100 organizations representing all major elements of the conservative movement–economic, social and national security.
Members of CAP opposing Liu’s nomination are:
Edwin Meese III, former Attorney General
Penny Nance, CEO, Concerned Women for America
Mathew D. Staver, Founder & Chairman, Liberty Counsel
Kay Daly, President, Coalition for a Fair Judiciary
Colin Hanna, President, Let Freedom Ring
Gary Marx, Executive Director, Judicial Crisis Network
William Wilson, President, Americans for Limited Government
David N. Bossie, President, Citizens United
Tony Perkins, President, Family Research Council
Kristan Hawkins, Executive Director, Students for Life of America
James Martin, Chairman, 60 Plus Association
Duane Parde, President, National Taxpayers Union
Elaine Donnelly, President, Center for Military Readiness
Gary Bauer, President, American Values
Susan Carleson, Chairman & CEO, American Civil Rights Union
Suhail Khan, President, Conservative Inclusion Coalition
Andrea Lafferty, Executive Director, Traditional Values Coalition
Alfred Regnery, Publisher, American Spectator
Angelo M. Codevilla, Professor Emeritus, Boston University
Ron Robinson, President, Young America’s Foundation
T. Kenneth Cribb, Jr., former Counselor to the U.S. Attorney General
Marion Edwyn Harrison, Past President, Free Congress Foundation
David McIntosh, former Member of Congress, Indiana
Richard Viguerie, Chairman, ConservativeHQ.com
Rev. Lou Sheldon, President, Traditional Values Coalition
Howard Phillips, Chairman, The Conservative Caucus
Brent Bozell, President, Media Research Center
Becky Norton Dunlop, Deputy Assistant to Ronald Reagan for Presidential Personnel
(All Names for Identification purposes only)