Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens announced he is stepping down from the court.
With his retirement, we will lose the longtime leader of the liberal bloc of judges on the Supreme Court and one of the court's champions for the rights of individuals, the dignity of each person, civil rights, women's rights, and environmental stewardship. For his decades of service upholding these basic American values, Justice Stevens deserves our thanks.
Can you take one minute to write a thank you note to Justice Stevens that we can deliver to him on April 20, his 90th birthday?
We have seen the right wing hypocritically howl about judicial activism while packing the court with the most ardent ideologues of ultra-conservative judicial philosophy.
Justice Stevens' decisions and dissents have given voice to those of us who have watched the steady assault on our rights by a cabal of conservative judges set on further empowering the already powerful at the expense of the rest of us.
In response to the radical decision in Citizens United v. FEC, a case that overturned a century of precedent and allowed corporations to spend unlimited amounts of money influencing our elections, Stevens wrote, "The court's ruling threatens to undermine the integrity of elected institutions around the nation."
When the Supreme Court decided in Bush v. Gore to hand the Presidency to George W. Bush, Stevens wrote, "Although we may never know with complete certainty the identity of the winner of this year's Presidential election, the identity of the loser is perfectly clear. It is the Nation's confidence in the judge as an impartial guardian of the rule of law."
Soon, all eyes will be upon President Obama and a nomination battle that will by all accounts by fiercer than the one to confirm Sonia Sotomayor.
But before Justice Stevens retires and before we start fighting to confirm someone worthy of replacing him, we ought to take a moment to express our gratitude for the years of service he has provided to our country, to the rule of law, and to the Constitution.
Take one minute to write a thank you note to Justice Stevens. We will deliver it to him on April 20th, his 90th birthday.
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