Whoopi Goldberg Needs a History Lesson
This morning on “The View,” Whoopi Goldberg showed her liberal bias by taking a conversation with John McCain regarding Supreme Court justices in a direction it should never have gone:
McCain answered a question about whether he would “work to overturn Roe v. Wade,” by saying that he and Palin would work to nominate judges who have a “clear record of strict interpretation” of the Constitution. He added that he believed Roe v. Wade was a “bad decision,” eliciting a slight boo from the audience.
Goldberg, who joined the show as moderator in 2007 replacing Rosie O’Donnell, then asked, “Did you say you wanted strict constitutionalists? Should I worry about being a slave? A return to slavery? Because there are things in the Constitution that (should have changed.)”
Apparently she doesn’t understand that all amendments to the Constitution are established in a process involving the federal and/or state legislatures, not the courts. It is the job of Supreme Court justices to interpret the law as it exists, not make laws (or “legislate from the bench”). The job of making laws is the duty of legislators a.k.a. lawmakers. These duties are assigned by the Constitution and are supposed to be kept separate from each other. The ratification process of the thirteenth amendment that officially abolished slavery was done in the same way as all the others, following the process laid out by the Constitution.
The point here is that Whoopi never had any business bringing this issue up. It was not relevant to the conversation. The appointment of Supreme Court justices who strictly interpret the Constitution has nothing to do with whether or not a change should be made to the Constitution. And strictly interpreting the Constitution can in no way imply that slavery would return because the abolition of slavery is part of the Constitution! She simply brought up an extremely racially charged issue at an absolutely inappropriate time to smear McCain. And liberals say that conservatives are the ones who will be playing the race card in this election.