What Do You Think?

June 01, 2009

Editor's note: Each week, The Herald-Mail invites readers to answer poll questions on its Web site. Readers also may submit comments about the poll question when voting. Each Sunday, a sampling of edited reader comments will run in The Herald-Mail.

Last week there were two poll questions. The first question was: Do you believe House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's claims that the CIA misled her about the use of waterboarding against terrorism suspects?

o "Every time she speaks on this issue, it gets better and better! ... Even the Obama-picked head of the CIA has stated that the CIA briefed her. If Cheney or Bush had done something like that, the Democrats would have had them impeached by now!"

o "It's so obvious the CIA lied that speculating they did not is what is really ridiculous ... They were micromanaged to excess by Bush and Cheney in manufacturing and falsifying the evidence that Bush needed to create an illegal war causing the needless deaths of thousands of young Americans. Why would anyone believe they are capable of telling the truth?"


o "Anyone who doesn't think Pelosi lied is either grossly misinformed and not paying attention to the news at all or so partisan that no matter what any liberal Democrat does or says, they are always right!"

o "When it comes to the government, remember 'The X-Files': Trust no one!"

o "Most of the world is probably freaking out at the foolish Americans for revealing their interrogation techniques. Probably most of the countries of the world employ much worse treatment on their own citizens, let alone terrorists. That does not justify American torture, but most of what is being discussed is very mild torture, to say the least, and only applied to very few of the worst. Of course Nancy knew."

The second question was: Do you think federal appeals judge Sonia Sotomayor is a good choice for appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court?

o "The indications are that Judge Sotomayor is a judicial activist. Judicial activism is not a philosophy of liberalism or conservatism, but a method of deciding cases and interpreting the Constitution. Activists believe that they can interpret the laws to bring about changes in society and government that are not being made by the legislative branch, the branch of government that has that specific duty. This could be applied to liberal or conservative causes."

o "In all fairness to Judge Sotomayor, many justices change their philosophical basis or approach to interpreting law when they are appointed to the Supreme Court. Justice (David) Souter is an example of an appointee who veered away from the conservative philosophy expected by President George H.W. Bush, who appointed him. Ted Kennedy and the National Organization for Women were among the opposition. Some in the past have become more conservative than expected."

o "It appears this lady got appointed because of two reasons, neither of which have anything to do with her ability. 1. Female. 2. Minority."

o "No, I do not think she is a good choice, but a realist knows the liberals are the majority and she will be confirmed. While I understand a liberal being appointed by an extremely liberal president, which certainly is his choice, my objection is that she legislates from the bench rather that interpret the Constitution."

o "I lean to the right on most issues. But the reports I have heard the last two days tell me she IS a good choice. Three sitting judges on the court that were appointed by various Republican presidents endorse her. That and her extensive 'bench' experience has me won over."

o "Who knows which way she will turn once confirmed ... but one thing does disturb me greatly. When speaking today, she linked 'rights' to the 'law,' not to the 'Constitution.' On the other hand, I was gladdened to hear that, of the four on the final short list, she was the only one who had never met the president."

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