Senate Democrats

Republicans Work Overtime to Paint Janice Rogers Brown as a Sympathetic and Mainstream Nominee

Unfortunately, Brown didn’t get their talking points.

SENATORS BROWNBACK AND SESSIONS HOLD A PRESS CONFERENCE AIMED AT OBFUSCATING JANICE ROGERS BROWN’S RECORD THROUGH CHARGES THAT THOSE OPPOSING HER ARE AGAINST RELIGION

SESSIONS RUSHED TO BROWN’S DEFENSE:

Sessions Claims Brown “An Open Mind.” Senator Jeff Sessions claims that Janice Rogers Brown has “an open mind” and “a lot of common sense.” [Chattanooga Times Free Press, 4/22/05]

BUT BROWN’S TOO FAR OUT OF THE MAINSTREAM:

Brown Said There Was a “War” Between Religious People and the Rest of America. According to Janice Rogers Brown – speaking just this Sunday — there is a “war” on between religious people and the rest of America. “There seems to have been no time since the Civil War that this country was so bitterly divided. It’s not a shooting war, but it is a war.” Atheistic humanism, according to Brown, has, “handed human destiny over to the great god, autonomy, and this is quite a different idea of freedom…These are perilous times for people of faith, not in the sense that we are going to lose our lives, but in the sense that it will cost you something if you are a person of faith who stands up for what you believe in and say those things out loud.” [The Stamford Advocate, 4/25/05]

Brown says Seniors are Cannibalizing their Grandchildren. Brown wrote, “Today’s senior citizens blithely cannibalize their grandchildren because they have a right to get as much ‘free’ stuff as the political system will permit them to extract.” [Speech to Institute of Justice, 8/12/2000]

Brown Called the Creation of Social Security “the Triumph of our Own Socialist Revolution.” Justice Brown’s antipathy to the New Deal and Social Security is so strong, that she stated, “..1937 [the year in which much of President Roosevelt’s New Deal legislation took effect]..marks the triumph of our own socialist revolution…” [Speech to the Federalist Society, 4/20/00]

Brown Argued that the New Deal “Cut Away the Very Ground on Which hthe Constitution Rests.” Justice Brown argued that the effect of the New Deal “was not simply to repudiate, both philosophically and in legal doctrine, the framers’ conception of humanity, but to cut away the very ground on which the Constitution rests.” [Speech to the Federalist Society, 4/20/00]

Brown Called the New Deal “Fundamentally Incompatible” with the Founding of the Nation. In a 2000 speech to the right-wing Federalist Society, Justice Brown stated that the New Deal, which included Social Security, “was (and is) fundamentally incompatible with the vision that under girded this country’s founding. The New Deal, however, inoculated the federal Constitution with a kind of underground collectivist mentality. The Constitution itself was transmuted into a significantly different document.” [Speech to the Federalist Society, 4/20/00]

HUNDREDS OF ORGANIZATIONS OPPOSE BROWN’S CONFIRMATION:

ADA Watch/National Coalition for Disability Rights, Advocates for the West, AFL-CIO, Alabama Environmental Council, Alliance for Justice, Alliance for Retired Americans, American Association of University Women, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, American Lands Alliance, American Planning Association, American Rivers, Americans for Democratic Action, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Amigos Bravos, Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, Black Women Lawyers of Los Angeles, Buckeye Forest Council, California Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League, California Association of Black Lawyers, California Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, California League of Conservation Voters, California National Organization for Women, California Women’s Law Center, Californians for Alternatives to Toxics, Center for Medicare Advocacy Corporation, Chinese for Affirmative Action, Citizens Coal Council, Clean Air Council, Clean Water Action, Clean Water Action Council, Coalition of Labor Union Women, Coast Alliance, Committee for Judicial Independence, Committee for the Preservation of the Lake Purdy Area, AL, Community Rights Counsel, Congressional Black Caucus, Defenders of Wildlife, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, Earthjustice, EarthWINS, Endangered Species Coalition, Environmental Defense Center, Environmental Law Foundation, Equal Justice Society, Equality California, Families USA, Feminist Majority, Friends of Hurricane Creek, AL, Friends of the Earth, Georgia Center for the Law in the Public Interest, Gray Panthers, Great Rivers Environmental Law Center, Hurricane Creekkeeper, John Muir Project, Kentucky Resources Council, Inc., Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights of the Bay Area, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, Legal Momentum, Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Mineral Policy Center, NAACP, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, National Abortion Federation, National Association of Women Business Owners – San Francisco Chapter, National Bar Association, National Center for Lesbian Rights, National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, National Council of Jewish Women, National Council of Jewish Women – California, National Council of Jewish Women – Los Angeles, National Council of Women’s Organizations, National Employment Lawyers Association, National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association, National Health Law Program, National Organization for Women, National Partnership for Women and Families, National Senior Citizens Law Center, National Urban League, National Women’s Law Center, National Women’s Political Caucus – California, Natural Heritage Institute, Natural Resources Defense Council, New Mexico Environmental Law Center, Northwest Environmental Advocates, Oilfield Waste Policy Institute, Omni Center for Peace, Justice and Ecology, Pacific Institute for Women’s Health, People for the American Way, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Planned Parenthood Golden Gate, Planned Parenthood Los Angeles, Progressive Jewish Alliance, Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association, SEIU Local 99, Service Employees International Union, Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States, Sierra Club, Sierra Club Southern California, Southern Appalachian Biodiversity Project, Stonewall Democratic Club, Los Angeles, Union for Reform Judaism, Unitarian Universalist Project Freedom of Religion, Valley Watch, Inc, Washington Environmental Council, Western Land Exchange Project, Western Law Center for Disability Rights, Wild Alabama, WildLaw, Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, Women’s Reproductive Rights Assistance Project [Source: Alliance for Justice]

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