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Obama Hands The ACLU Another Judgeship

October 28, 2009


President Obama handed the ACLU another seat on the federal bench by nominating one of its own –  San Francisco U.S. Magistrate Judge Edward Chen – to serve as federal district judge on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Both “The O’Reilly Factor” and “Hannity’s America” sounded the warning alarm about this man, but it appears to be too little too late.  Chen’s nomination was approved by a party line vote last Friday in the Senate Judiciary Committee and is headed for virtually certain confirmation on the Senate floor.

What is so concerning about Mr. Chen?  Like the typical ACLU activist lawyer that he was between 1979 and 2001, Chen thinks the United States is inherently racist.   Just 10 days after 3000 innocent people were killed in the 9/11 Islamic jihad, Chen said that one of his first responses was a:

sickening feeling in my stomach about what might happen to race relations and religious tolerance on our own soil… One has to wonder whether the seemingly irresistible forces of racism, nativism and scapegoating which has [sic] recurred so often in our history can be effectively restrained

This is ACLU-speak par excellence.  Who cares what the Islamic terrorists did?  It is America that always is in the wrong and any actions that it takes to prevent another 9/11 is nothing more than “racism, nativism and scapegoating”.

Chen is an habitual race-baiter. His ACLU mentality did not stop after he left the left-wing organization. For example, in discussing the government’s response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005 (which he said was an example of “institutionalized racism”) Chen asked the audience at a Diversity Celebration of the California State Bar Convention:

Would the response have been different had the majority of victims been white and middleclass rather than poor and black? Would the response have been quicker had it been Kennebunkport instead of New Orleans?  Regardless of how these questions are answered, Hurricane Katrina raises even more profound questions that transcend this single tragedy.

And here is what he said he feels when he hears America the Beautiful:

feelings of ambivalence and cynicism when confronted with appeals to patriotism – sometimes I cannot help but feel that there are too much [sic] injustice and too many inequalities that prevent far too many Americans from enjoying the beauty extolled in that anthem

The way things are going, the ACLU will have so many of its former members or sympathizers on the federal bench courtesy of President Obama that its victories in court against American security and values will be a foregone conclusion.
  1. Lawler Nicoteri permalink
    October 28, 2009 8:44 am

    Please. Somebody please find the rock from under which the steady stream of vermin is escaping into the Obama administration! Is is possible for Mr. Obama to appoint someone to any position who places our country’s interests first? Is America-bashing a prerequisite for being named to government positions? Can this madness be stopped?

  2. October 28, 2009 9:10 am

    As is the case with most lower federal court nominations, Chen’s confirmation has flown largely under the radar. The importance of nominations such as this is lost on most Americans, because they fail to see the impact a judge sitting on a federal bench can have on the system as a whole. Perhaps more optimistically, many may simply be of the mindset that the Supreme Court is always there to overrule them, so the degree of harm that could be done by any single activist judge is minimal at worst. Unfortunately, that mindset could not possibly be any more inaccurate or fundamentally misguided.

  3. In the know permalink
    October 28, 2009 9:45 am

    In the words of Gomer Pyle..”Surprise, Surprise, Surprise!”.

  4. Elaine B permalink
    October 28, 2009 10:14 am

    The real life implications of elections go beyond the individuals but too few people consider that.

    There were only a few people during the presidential election concerned about how the winner would effect the U.S. Supreme Court. Practically no one considered state and federal judges can and have a greater effect on more people’s lives than Supreme Court justicies.

    Considering Obama’s background and associations, one could not discount the fact that if he won, he would pack the courts with fellow traveler’s. Birds of a feather stick together.

  5. BillSoCal permalink
    October 29, 2009 12:41 pm

    If Judge Chen hates this country so much why doesn’t move North Korea. He would be really welcome there. Does this America hate Korean know how many American GI’s dead during the Korean War to free the South Knoreans from the oppression of the North Koreans.

    He just reminds me of my time in the Army. If you were a member of ACLU back in the 60s and 70s the Army would not give you a security clearance, since the ACLU was considered a Communist front organization. But every thing has went down hill since Peanut Brain and Slick Willy were in office. The government doesn’t pay as much attention to secuirty risks as they used too.


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