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Friday, October 08, 2004

Dred Scott and the Election of 2004 - A Topsham Maine Journal

It's incredulous! Our President George W. Bush (George II) gave an example tonight of why he truly should reconsider his decision to run for re-election. Our president said tonight that one way he would evaluate his appointments to fill a vacancy in the U.S. Supreme Court is to figure out how a candidate for the position felt on issues like the Dred Scott Decision.

Even in the woods of Topsham, Maine, I howled like the nearby coyotes at this incredulous response. This is what I know about the Dred Scott Decision:

In 1846, (a slave) Dred Scott and his wife Harriet filed suit for their freedom in the St. Louis Circuit Court. This suit began an eleven-year legal fight that ended in the U.S. Supreme Court, which issued a landmark decision declaring that Scott remain a slave. This decision contributed to rising tensions between the free and slave states just before the American Civil War.
The records displayed in this exhibit document the Scotts' early struggle to gain their freedom through litigation and are the only extant records of this significant case as it was heard in the St. Louis Circuit Court.
The original Dred Scott case file is located in the Office of the St. Louis Circuit Clerk.

In fact, the Dred Scott case is the biggest embarrassment the United States Supreme Court ever made and it happened in 1846. In fact, the civil rights decisions handed down by the United States Supreme Court in the 1950s and earlier actually rescinded the dreadful Dred Scott Decision of 1846.

I believe Senator John Kerry won tonight's second presidential debate because he has a command of the issues, and the Dred Scott case is not an issue in this election.

When President George Bush used an 1846 landmark case as criteria for evaluating a U.S. Supreme Court justice, an issue that was literally obliterated by 20th century civil rights legislation, he was saying his administration is thinking in the past. A second term for our President George II means four more years of irrelevant and incredulous premises for the purposes of creating American foreign and domestic policy.

Dred Scott was a black mark on our American History. Seeking weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, when the ruler of Iraq says he used the concept as a smokescreen to scare his enemies , and then, in fact, to find there were none - is another Dred Scott in my mind.

Please tell us, instead, Mr. President George II, about how you would use good judgment to appoint a U.S. Supreme Court justice in you administration.

This is serious business, but I'm still laughing like the coyotes in the woods of Topsham, Maine.

I simply cannot reconcile this Dred Scott analogy made by President George II. Therefore, John Kerry won this debate because, among other reasons, his arguments and responses to question were presented in real time about today's issues.

From the woods of Topsham, Maine, I'm still laughing with the coyotes.




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