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Matthew Freeman is a Brooklyn based playwright with a BFA from Emerson College. His plays include THE DEATH OF KING ARTHUR, REASONS FOR MOVING, THE GREAT ESCAPE, THE AMERICANS, THE WHITE SWALLOW, AN INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR, THE MOST WONDERFUL LOVE, WHEN IS A CLOCK, GLEE CLUB, THAT OLD SOFT SHOE and BRANDYWINE DISTILLERY FIRE. He served as Assistant Producer and Senior Writer for the live webcast from Times Square on New Year's Eve 2010-2012. As a freelance writer, he has contributed to Gamespy, Premiere, Complex Magazine, Maxim Online, and MTV Magazine. His plays have been published by Playscripts, Inc., New York Theatre Experience, and Samuel French.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

GOP Talking Points against Obama's Pick - Whoo Hoo!

I'm excited by Obama's pick for the Supreme Court. What's got me more excited is this piece from TPM, which lays out the GOP lines of attack.

• Liberal ideology, not legal qualification, is likely to guide the president's choice of judicial nominees.


• Justice Souter's retirement could move the Court to the left and provide a critical fifth vote for:

• Further eroding the rights of the unborn and property owners;

• Imposing a federal constitutional right to same-sex marriage;

• Stripping "under God" out of the Pledge of Allegiance and completely secularizing the public square;

• Abolishing the death penalty;

• Judicial micromanagement of the government's war powers.

They just listed all the things I WANT her to do! I hate the rights of the unborn especially. They don't pay taxes.

In all seriousness, I would like the government's war powers more closely monitored, I'm pro-choice, I'm not a fan of "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance; I'm in favor of full equality in the marriage laws (screw you California); and the death penalty is barbaric and ineffective.

I've been reading The Nine by Jeffery Toobin lately, which is a fantastic book about the Supreme Court and timely reading. If there's any lesson I can take from it, it's that judges, no matter how they look upon appointment, are unpredictable, eccentric, and never a sure bet. The right's insistence on being the party of obstruction isn't substantive or even warranted: it's just all they've got left.

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