- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Writing in the New Republic, Colorado University law professor Paul Campos called President Obama’s pick for the Supreme Court a “blank slate.” Elena Kagan has no judicial experience and no paper trail of thoughtful legal opinions to merit any consideration for a seat on the highest court of the land.

Recent history has taught us a lot about “blank slates.” President Obama had a shallow resume and virtually no paper trail when he fooled many voters into believing he shared their philosophical viewpoints. In the past 16 months, he’s filled that slate with socialist policies that have outraged a majority of voters and cost him dearly in public support.

Most Americans are incensed by his “you’ve had enough, America” brand of redistributive governance. Consider these unguarded Obama statements:

c “I mean, I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money.” Translation: Americans, you’ve had enough of the American dream.

c “Maybe you’re better off not having the surgery, but taking painkillers.” Translation: Americans, you’ve had enough health care.

c “Well - I mean, I think that - when you’ve listened to Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck … it’s troublesome.” Translation: Americans, you’ve had enough free speech.

By decree, rank-and-file Americans have gotten all they’re going to get in terms of a vigorous war against terrorists, U.S.-based oil and natural gas, and a serious challenge to illegal immigration. Crony capitalism has replaced free-market capitalism, group favoritism has subverted individual equality, “social justice” has undermined equal treatment under the law, and U.S. capitulation has destabilized our national defense and security.

Conservatives and moderates aren’t the only ones who have been affected by the “blank slate.” To the delight of conservatives, Mr. Obama has outraged progressive liberals, too, although their disappointments have been delivered in terms of “you can’t haves.” They’ve yet to see the closing of Guantanamo, withdrawal from Iraq, amnesty for illegal immigrants, and the end of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” to name a few.

Ours is a nation built upon a government of laws, yet this president and this Congress have twisted it into a government of men. From the capricious theft from General Motors’ bondholders to the illegal use of TARP repayment funds, Washington leaders have proven they can not be trusted with either the reins of power or any honest administration of laws.

This country was built upon and continues to be governed by the informed consent of the governed. Implicit in that fundamental principle is the understanding that there can be no legitimate consent without information. Yet, the speaker of the House announced prior to the vote on health care reform, “we have to pass the [health care] bill so that you can find out what is in it.”

In a little more than a year, ours has become a nation in open war with itself, expressed by angry Tea Party rallies on the center and right, and angry union and immigrant mobs on the left.

If Americans have learned anything in recent months, it’s that “blank slates” are dangerous risks. Elena Kagan is no exception. What little is known of Ms. Kagan’s record shows her arguing the merits of the failed cause of socialism in her college thesis and the merits of censored political speech in her brief in the Citizens United case before the Supreme Court.

A female version of our president is no comfort to women, who aren’t looking for another inexperienced, holier-than-thou university elitist to govern their lives. Our representative democracy thrives on a willingness to fight ideological battles openly and honestly.

Given her lack of resume, Ms. Kagan is patently unqualified for a position on the high court and should be rejected by the Senate. Thank you, Mr. President, but we’ve had enough of your uninformed hope.

Lil Tuttle is the education director for the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute.

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