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Supreme Court should include miltary veteran

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By The Staff

 

For many years there has been a military veteran on the U.S. Supreme Court. The last one, Judge Stevens, announced his retirement on April 9, 2010. Will the court now be left with no one who has military experience? Any veterans in the Senate should make sure there is at least one of their fellow veterans on the court as there are cases every year that come before them that include military concerns.  Judge John Paul Stevens recently said, “I sort of feel it is important to have someone on the court who has military experience, I have to confess that.” Not a real strong statement, a bit wishy-washy, but that is what he said. I should say so. Elena Kagan, who is President Barack Obama’s choice to replace Stevens, has disdain for the armed forces. When she was dean of Harvard Law School, she banned military recruiters from campus. She has never served as a judge. At one point in her career, she signed a legal brief claiming the Solomon Amendment was unconstitutional. The Supreme Court rejected that argument by an 8-0 vote. That amendment is a law passed by Congress that requires withholding federal funds from any schools that exclude the military from their campuses. It was signed into law by former President Bill Clinton. Only 21 percent of our Senators are veterans, but there are enough of them to make a public demand that high court diversity include a veteran. This would be a good project for John McCain. You might want to call your representatives at (202) 224-3121.