For Immediate Release
Obama Has Historic Opportunity to Establish Legacy of Justice
WASHINGTON - In response to the news that Justice David Souter will retire from
the Supreme Court at the end of the Court’s current term, People For
the American Way president Michael B. Keegan issued the following
"President Barack Obama has the first real opportunity to establish
a legacy that will extend far beyond his presidency. He made the
Supreme Court a major feature of his campaign and won a strong mandate
in November. He has expanded upon his mandate in his first 100 days and
should now make a bold choice for the Supreme Court."
"President Obama has said that the Supreme Court must play a role in
protecting people who are ‘vulnerable in the political process: the
outsider, the minority, those who are vulnerable, those who don’t have
a lot of clout.’ We agree, and urge the President to nominate a Justice
who will defend the rights of individual Americans against powerful
government and business interests.
"President George Bush’s Supreme Court nominees - Chief Justice John
Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito - have failed to show a commitment to
the fundamental constitutional values of justice, equality, and
opportunity for all. In fact, they have actively worked to undermine
them. President Obama must make a clean break from this past by
nominating a robust advocate for progress and justice."
People For the American Way is dedicated to making the promise of America real for every American: Equality. Freedom of speech. Freedom of religion. The right to seek justice in a court of law. The right to cast a vote that counts. The American Way. Our vision is a vibrantly diverse democratic society in which everyone is treated equally under the law, given the freedom and opportunity to pursue their dreams, and encouraged to participate in our nation’s civic and political life. Our America respects diversity, nurtures creativity and combats hatred and bigotry.