The Underbelly of our Judgedom | Judging the Judges

 

 

By Sigrid Weidenweber

I try, diligently, to be educated in, at least, the most vital political stratagems. Imagine my surprise when reading an article in Friday’s November 30, 2018 Wall Street Journal by Kimberly A. Strassel, I was nonplussed with surprise. Strassel in her Potomac Watch article writes that President Trump was confronted with the ABA’s (American Bar Association) wrath, coming at him with “hell hath no fury” as the ABA scorned.

The president had demoted the ABA from a role it had usurped, namely the judging of of the judicial worth of the president’s judicial appointees. One present case concerns the appointment of Thomas Farr as a federal district judge in North Carolina. In the endeavor to delay or nix the confirmation the ABA is greatly helped by Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, who is retiring and grandstanding against the president.

The ABA is so far left leaning that, because of their bias, president George W. Bush announced his judicial appointments publicly before the ABA could tarnish their records. The association awarded his appointees seven not qualified ratings. That, despite they had been thoroughly vetted and their records examined extensively.

However, so far, I was quite clear on how things play out in Washington. What shook me to the core was the realization that besides the American Bar Association deflating the ratings of president Trump’s nominee Mr. Kobe, a Harvard graduate and longtime government lawyer, another organization that few of us know or are even aware of, the Alliance of Justice, declared the hapless candidate “egregiously unqualified.”

Having arrived at this point, I was brought up short. I had never heard of this alliance before. And yet, here they were, passing judgment on good men.

I decided to research and here is what I learned. I must say it is frightening!

The Alliance for Justice is a progressive advocacy group in the US. It was Founded in 1979 by Nan Aaron, its current president. The AFJ members, with few exceptions, are not possessed of judicial learning and wisdom. They are groups with politically liberally/progressive beliefs, interested in influencing and monitoring the selection of federal judges.

They have a budget of $ 4,451 million, and are interested to have only progressive or left-leaning judges appointed to federal courts, never mind that this sort of advocacy runs counter to the precepts of the constitution. You can bet your house that this group with its great funding was behind the horror of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation. This organization, trying to defeat conservative, Republican and constitutional judges, has managed to turn the the process of nominating judges into highly partisan process.

In their literature the group claimed that thy got the scalp of D.C. Court of Appeals Judge Robert Bork. We all remember the term “to be borked,” meaning to be destroyed.

Before Bok’s hearing the procedures of confirmation were limited to the qualifications of the nominee. Since the Bork hearings, politics has raised its ugly head. Since then Clarence Thomas went through the Anita Hill hell—led by the Alliance for Justice. This group also assaulted John Roberts, a milquetoast, and Saul Alito during their confirmation. Can you ever remember any judges put forth by president Obama being treated in this manner by the right? At most, the right denies a hearing but does not destroy a person’s honor and dignity.

You will understand the group’s aim better when you look at their funding, which is gathered through the Alliance for Action campaign. This a 501 (c) (4) advocacy arm of the AFJ responsible for lobbying congress.

According to Wikipedia, the AFJ took in $ 4 million and spent $ 4,5 million. It had $ 4.3 million in assets. The alliance has received money from left-leaning foundations and labor unions. Large among them are the Ford Foundation with an amount of $ 3.36 million, The Atlantic Foundation with a contribution of $ 2.45 million, and George Soros’ Open society with a contribution of $ 1.6 million.

Large member organizations include the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), the Consumers Union, the Drug Policy Alliance, Earth Justice, NARAL, the National Education Association, Planned Parenthood, the Sierra Club, and the Transgender Law Center.

Sigrid Weidenweber grew up in communist East Berlin, escaping it using a French passport. Ms. Weidenweber holds a degree in medical technology as well as psychology and has course work in Anthropology.  She is co-founder of Aid for Afghans.  Weidenweber has traveled the world and lived with Pakistani Muslims, learning about the culture and religion. She is a published author and lecturer.



You can find her books on Amazon.com


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