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E D I T O R I A L
2001 : A R eagan Court?
b y Ja y B row n
For the first time in recent American political history, appointments to the Supreme Court
are em erging as a key issue in a presidential campaign.
Only twice in this century — Franklin D. Roosevelt and before him, William Howard Taft —
has a president had the opportunity to make so many appointments in a single term.
Five of the current justices are over the age of 74, and because of the possibility of shaping
the court for a generation, Supreme Court appointments, next to arms control, will affect the
nation’s future more than any other issue.
The 1984 election will determine a president whose term will last until January 20,1989,
when five of the current nine members will be octogenarians. Chief Justice Warren Burger and
Justice Lewis F. Powell Jr. are 76; Justices Harry A BlackmunandThurgood Marshall are 75;
Justice W illiam F. Brennan is 77.
Ronald Reagan, if elected, would undoubtedly make appointments which would be ideo
logically rigid and which would imperil the integrity of the court Three of the justices over the
age of 74 — Justices Blackmun, Brennan and Marshall — constitute the core of the dwindling
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liberal wing of the court
There is no reason to believe that a Reagan Court would be anything but conservative, but it
could also be radical, discarding long settled legal doctrines in a constitutional disaster
unknown in American judicial history.
Reagan’s one appointm ent Justice Sandra Day O ’Connor, the youngest member of the
court, has shown the narrowness of the Reagan philosophy by constantly voting with the
An example of the kind of Supreme Court nominee in a Reagan secorltt term is his
nomination of White House Counselor Edwin W. Meese III to succeed William French Smith as
G.S. attorney general. Meese’s name has been floating around Washington recently as a
probable Supreme Court appointee. Meese is unacceptable for every reason one could think
— lack of judicial experience, the rigid ideology of his opposition to basic legal rights and his
statements about the rights and interests of poor people.
A Reagan Court has the potential of crippling social change for a generation. No court
should be stacked in any philosophical direction because that would pervert democracy. The
Supreme Court should be a panel of many political views; a Reagan Court would be narrow,
ideologically rigid and out of the mainstream of traditional judicial policies.
Dear Just Out,
Finally, a program upon television that
didn’t totally burden the lesbian/gay lifestyle
with yet another homophobic stereotype__
the 26th Annual Grammay Awards," telecast
February 28th at 8 pm. Hooray for the
performances of Eurythmies’ Annie Lennox
and Culture Clubs’ Boy George, for not being
afraid to be themselves and bring into the
music world a new edge of vitality and raw
I jum ped for joy when George’s words rang
out after receiving his Grammy last night
You have good taste. . . and know a good
drag queen when you see one," closing with a
wink and kiss to the camera which I’m sure
ruffled a few feathers last night And Annie
Lennox coming onstage in full drag and re
miniscent of Elvis in a GQ suit — magnifi
cence in itself. Funny, in rehearsal she had
Most inspiring, poignant and hardhitting,
the cast of “La Cage aux Folles" with “I am
what I am.” Bravo to all of you. Your out
spokenness and determination gave myself
and I’m sure many of others a new feeling —
hope. Please print this in your letter section. I
hope it will inspire others as I myself have
been inspired. There’s a light. . .
K a th y ---------
P.S. So ironic that such a giant step was taken
in hope of equality, while at the same time
Eddie Murphy (carrier of "Eddie Murphy s
disease”) received a Granny for his comedy
album , chock full of trashy retorts and shock
ing innuendoes pertaining to homosexuals
and their lifestyles. Oh well, we must learn to
cope. Until we can overcome.