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My email to my California senators on the Barrett nomination

I have sent the following emails to my California senators on the nomination of Judge Barrett. The Judiciary Committee votes tomorrow. Call or email your senators. Let them know we need judges who won’t politicize climate science.

Dear Senator Harris:

I want to thank you for your question to Judge Barrett on climate change, although I would have worded the question to ask if she accepts the science of climate change, instead of asking if she believes humans are changing the climate. As Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson reminds us, science is true, whether we believe it or not. Her response, as quoted by The Hill news site, is “You have asked me a series of questions that are completely uncontroversial…and then trying to analogize that to elicit an opinion from me that is on a very contentious matter of public debate and I will not do that. I will not express a view on a matter of public policy, especially one that is politically controversial.”

Climate change should not be politically controversial. Unfortunately, Judge Barrett has sided herself with those who have politicized climate science, as they have politicized the COVID-19 pandemic. For that reason, I cannot trust Judge Barrett to make any rulings where scientific knowledge needs to be considered. For that reason alone, I would reject her nomination.

In addition, as you have pointed out, a nomination to fill a sudden vacancy on the Supreme Court should not have been made this close to the general election. Many of us have already cast our mail in ballots. The people should have a chance to elect the next President and Senators before that vacancy is filled. It was in fact, Judge Ginsburg’s last wish before her death. Out of respect for Judge Ginsburg we should honor her wish.

Lastly, I live just a few blocks from the house where you lived on Bancroft Way and am proud to have you represent me in the Senate. Senator Perdue’s disrespect insults not only you, but all of us in California you represent. His racist behavior needs to be condemned by the US Senate.

On a lighter note, I wish your a happy birthday. https://twitter.com/tomyamaguchi/status/1318595000586792961

Dear Senator Feinstein:

I want to thank you for your decision to vote against the confirmation of Judge Barrett as indicated by your tweet. “Last week Judge Barrett showed why she shouldn’t be confirmed to the Supreme Court. Her answers showed that she is hostile to the ACA and Roe v. Wade. If she is confirmed, many fundamental rights will be in jeopardy.” However, I must express disappointment hearing the news of your compliments to Senator Graham, accompanied by a hug, on the confirmation process. I strongly disagree with the conduct of Senator Graham and all of the Republicans who are ramming this nomination through the Senate just weeks before the election. Many of us have already voted. It is hypocritical that these same Republicans refused to even meet with Merrick Garland to fill a vacancy created in February of 2016. The voters should be allowed to elect a new president before a court vacancy is filled. That is the last wish of Judge Ginsburg. We need to honor her wish.

In addition to the reasons you list, I would reject Judge Barrett for her response to the question by Senator Harris on climate change. The Hill news site quotes her response. “You have asked me a series of questions that are completely uncontroversial…and then trying to analogize that to elicit an opinion from me that is on a very contentious matter of public debate and I will not do that. I will not express a view on a matter of public policy, especially one that is politically controversial.” Climate change should not be politically controversial. Unfortunately, Judge Barrett has sided herself with those who have politicized climate science, as they have politicized the COVID-19 pandemic. For that reason, I cannot trust Judge Barrett to make any rulings where scientific knowledge needs to be considered. For that reason alone, I would reject her nomination.

October 21, 2020 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , ,

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