The Rick Scarborough Report

  • Rick Scarborough
  • Feb 14, 2008

Judge Not

Vision America sees the limited role of judges as a key issue to ensure our future religious freedoms in the U.S., as did our founding fathers. Recently, the Wall Street Journal published an edition of their e-mail based Political Diary on the subject of McCain and judges that gave us continued insight into his position on this important issue.

 Senator John McCain's biggest challenge remains proving himself to conservatives on core issues like judges. That's why at last week's CPAC speech, he was at pains to differentiate himself from Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, whom he said would appoint federal judges ‘intent on achieving political changes that the American people cannot be convinced to accept through the election of their representatives.’

He echoed those sentiments in a recent manifesto for a Federalist Society symposium -- and none too soon. Conservative critics, led by Rush Limbaugh, have turned their attention on former New Hampshire Senator Warren Rudman, who endorsed Mr. McCain and served as co-chair of his 2000 campaign. Senator Rudman was a chief sponsor in 1990 of David Souter, now part of the Supreme Court's reliable left flank and a "disaster" for conservatives, according to Mr. Limbaugh. "Rudman... the guy who misled us all on David Souter happens to be a top honcho on McCain's campaign," the radio host told listeners last Tuesday.

As it happens, Mr. Rudman is not a "top honcho" in the campaign this year, but as recently as the Florida debate, Mr. McCain did name him as an important adviser in the "the circle that I have developed over many years." Not helping matters is a remark Mr. McCain reportedly made questioning Bush Justice Sam Alito because he "wore his conservatism on his sleeve." Mr. McCain now says he doesn't recall making the statement.

Voters like to know what they are voting for, and Mr. McCain has gradually come around to making clear, specific promises to appoint "proven" conservative judges. His biggest credibility challenge, however, may be his authorship of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law. Whatever Candidate McCain says now, the only way a President McCain would likely be able to preserve his handwork is by appointing more liberal Justices to the Supreme Court. 

An interesting perspective--and one worth dwelling on. Senator Rudman, along with Senator Sununu, convinced President George H. W. Bush to nominate Souter to the bench--who consistently votes antithetical to our conservative values.

As for us, we will continue to fight for judges who interpret the Constitution based upon its original meaning, and who recognize that there are distinct limits on their powers and responsibilities. As our founding fathers knew, a restrained and limited judiciary is essential to the continued freedoms of a nation. They knew from personal experience the despotism that occurs under all-powerful judges, and they put in place protections to ensure this would never happen again. Unfortunately, not many of our elected officials have read the Constitution and too many judges are on record as saying the Constitution is outdated and irrelevant.

Judges—a key issue, especially when you remember that limited, constitutional judges would not have “found” a right to privacy in the Constitution that gave us Roe v. Wade, or the separation of church and state that ripped Ten Commandment’s out of schools and court houses.

McCain MoveOn?

Tuesday morning, I came across a news story that left me quite upset. I have always had my disagreements with Senator McCain, but had never thought of him as a liberal—but maybe I was wrong.

According to an article on World Net Daily,

 In 2001, McCain founded the Alexandria, Va.-based Reform Institute as a vehicle to receive funding from George Soros' Open Society Institute and Teresa Heinz Kerry's Tides Foundation and several other prominent non-profit organizations.

George Soros is also the finances behind, a left-wing attack organization that has been active for the last few years. WND continues,

 McCain used the institute to promote his political agenda and provide compensation to key campaign operatives between elections. 

The article then lists large salaries received by various current members of McCain’s campaign staff and then ends with a list of very liberal connections.

 The Reform Institute regularly has supported McCain in various legislative efforts, including on campaign finance reform, global warming and "comprehensive immigration reform," all efforts widely opposed by many in the party's conservative base.

Arianna Huffington, syndicated columnist and creator of the, has served on the Reform Institute's advisory committee since the group's inception.

According to FrontPage Magazine, Teresa Heinz Kerry has provided more than $4 million to the Tides Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by anti-war activist Drummond Pike in 1976 with a history of funding causes such as abortion, homosexual-rights activism and open borders.

Financial contributors while McCain was chairman of the Reform Institute also have included the Educational Foundation of America, a group that supports abortion and opposes drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve.

The Soros-Kerry funding connection with McCain was first exposed by Ed Morrissey at the Captains Quarters blog in 2005.

Subsequently, David Horowitz's website and Michelle Malkin's blog gave renewed attention to the Reform Institute's funding ties.

If you are as disturbed by this development as I am, I encourage you to contact Senator McCain and voice your opinion. It is essential he understands the heartbeat of America, especially on issues like life and religious freedom. You can contact the senator at


The Cross is Vindicated

Back in October 2006, we informed you of the actions of Gene Nichol, president of the College of William and Mary. Nichol had decided to remove a cross from the campus chapel that had stood for 75 years.

Thanks to your outcry, he announced the cross would be returned on Sundays, during Christian religious services or when requested by a visitor.

Next, Nichol decided to allow a Sex Workers’ Art Show on campus, and your outcry once again was heard.

On February 11, Nichol submitted a resignation letter after receiving notice that his contract would not be renewed by the college’s board of visitors.

Your voices make a difference and our values are worth fighting for. Thank you for all your support and hard work. We could not have the phenomenal success and impact we are having, without your solid and steadfast support.

As we continue our work to keep our values at the forefront of the ongoing public debate, your continued support is crucial. For those who already support us financially and with their actions, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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In His Service,

Pastor Rick Scarborough

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