Alito returns Dobson’s favors

Let’s not hear any more about Alito’s “neutrality.” He’s a right-wing partisan, and his thank-you letter to James Dobson shows it.

James Dobson has a right to his anti-gay bigotry &#8212 for example, his support for the Federal Marriage Amendment &#8212 and his other far-out political positions, such as his support of the largely successful effort to make the Air Force Academy hostile territory for non-fundamentalists; recently, Dobson’s influence was instrumental in beating back a draft Air Force policy that would have put some limits on proselytism.

And Samuel Alito, even as a Supreme Court justice, has a right to return the favor Dobson did Alito by promoting Alito’s nomination and confirmation by writing Dobson“>an effusive thank-you letter that Dobson, predictably, is using to help the fund-raising and political-organizing efforts of Focus on the Family.

Dear Dr. Dobson,

This is just a short note to express my heartfelt thanks to you and the entire staff of Focus on the Family for your help and support in the past few challenging months. I would also greatly appreciate it if you would convey my appreciation to the good people from all parts of the country who wrote to tell me that they were praying for me and for my family during this period.

As I said when I spoke at my formal investiture at the White House last week, the prayers from so many people from around the country were a palpable and powerful force. As long as I serve on the Supreme Court, I will keep in mind the trust that has been placed in me.

I hope that we will have the opportunity to meet personally at some point in the future. In the meantime, my entire family and I hope that you and the Focus on the Family staff know how much we appreciate all that you have done.

Sincerely Yours,

Samuel Alito

But please, let’s not hear any more about how Alito was just a fair-minded advocate of politically neutral Constitutional theories, unfairly pilloried as a reactionary by deceived or deceiving liberal politicians. He was, and remains, a diligent and active partisan of the right wing.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact:

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  1. Alito Flattery Goes a Long Way

    So Justic Alito has sent a thank you note to Focus on Family head James Dobson, vowing that [a]s long as I serve on the Supreme Court, I will keep in mind the trust that has been placed in me.

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