ON-Lion Letter
During his remarks to The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies'  25th-anniversary celebration in Washington, D.C., in mid-November, President George W. Bush condemned activist judges and the process by which federal judges are confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

"[T]o preserve our liberty," the President said to the black-tie crowd of about 1,800, each branch of government "must meet its responsibilities -- and resist the temptation to encroach on the powers the Constitution accords to the others.  For the judiciary resisting this temptation is particularly important -- because it is the only branch this is unelected, and whose officers serve for life.

"Unfortunately, some judges give in to temptation and make law instead of interpreting it," Bush continued.  "Such judicial lawlessness is a threat to our democracy -- and it needs to stop."

The process by which judges are confirmed by the Senate, he said, "is part of the Constitution's system of checks and balances.  But it was never intended to be a license to ruin the good name that a nominee has worked a lifetime to build.  Today, good men and women nominated to the federal bench are finding that inside the Beltway, too many interpret 'advise and consent' to mean 'search and destroy.'"

The President also thanked The Federalist Society for its quarter century of work.  "Thanks in part to your efforts, a new generation of lawyers is rising.  A new culture is taking root in our legal community.  And principled men and women who understand the Constitution and are able to defend it are finding their way to our nation's law schools and law faculties and law firms -- and even to the corridors of power here in Washington, D.C."

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports The Federalist Society.
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