This is from Citizen Link:
A Liberal Congress Could Spell Disaster for Conservative Judicial Nominees
by Pete Winn, associate editor
What's at stake in the upcoming election? Plenty, if you want to see judges on the bench who respect the Constitution.
Conservative pundits and pro-family legal analysts say if liberals gain control of Congress on Tuesday, the fate of future conservative judicial nominees will hang in the balance.
With them, according to Bruce Hausknecht, judicial analyst of Focus on the Family Action, will hang the fates of pre-born babies, marriage and religious liberty.
"The success of the president's judicial appointments depends on conservative control of the Senate," he said. "If conservatives do not retain control, then ultraliberals like (Sens.) Patrick Leahy, (D-Vt.), Ted Kennedy, (D-Mass.), and Chuck Schumer, (D-N.Y.) will decide the type of judges the president can get confirmed."
Gary Bauer, president of American Values, is equally concerned. He said we are just one Supreme Court appointment away from the possible reversal of decisions on abortion and religious freedom.
"Right now, by most estimates, we are still down on the Supreme Court, 5-4," Bauer said on a recent Focus on the Family broadcast.
"The president did get two strong conservatives on the Court, but one of them replaced a strong conservative. So we're one vote short. And there are a couple of liberals on the court -- John Paul Stevens, 86 years old; and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who is 73, but who has been battling a number of illnesses, including cancer -- that rumor says are considering stepping down."
Bauer said if either justice steps down and the U.S. Senate is controlled by liberal Democrats, "We will lose the last chance in this generation to stop abortion on demand and to preserve marriage as one man and one woman."
Hausknecht, meanwhile, warns that if liberals should wrest control of the Senate Judiciary Committee from conservatives, no strict-constructionist nominee will ever win confirmation.
"Right now there are 50 vacancies on the federal courts that President Bush must fill," Hausknecht said. "This election will determine whether they can be filled by men and women who interpret the Constitution according to its original meaning, or whether they must meet the liberals' definition of a mainstream judge -- that is they must swear allegiance to abortion, rewrite the Constitution whenever they feel some 'right' is missing, and prohibit any reference to God in the public square. If that's not troubling enough to get pro-family conservatives to the polls, then nothing is."
Dr. James Dobson, chairman of Focus on the Family Action, along with his wife, National Day of Prayer Task Force Chairman Shirley Dobson, asked Christians to take time to pray for the election -- then to vote on Election Day.
"To all of those values voters out there: Don't you dare sit this one out!" Dobson told his listeners. "You have an obligation to come and participate in this great representative form of government.
"Why would you not take 15 to 20 to 30 minutes to fulfill that responsibility? And if we do, I think the results will take care of themselves."
TAKE ACTION / FOR MORE INFORMATION:For a full discussion of what's at stake on Nov. 7, listen to the Oct. 31 Focus on the Family broadcast with Dr. James Dobson and his guests Gary Bauer and Tom Minnery, senior vice president of government and public policy for Focus on the Family Action.
Additionally, CitizenLink has launched an Election Web site to help you track the fate of issues and candidates.
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