Alito Nomination Opposed by ALA

My esteemed colleague has posted about this in her journal, but with the plethora of formatting errors due to cutting and pasting from a non-standards compliant word processing application and the fact that comments are turned off I thought I might just add my two cents here.

Council did indeed vote to oppose the appointment of Judge Alito to the Supreme Court. As we can see Council is again wavering from the mission of the ALA to promote libraries and librarians. The ALA as we can all see is nothing more than a political tool, and I do mean tool in the most pejorative way. While the unions also oppose judge Alito at least the unions provide some service to their members.

Feel free to discuss the good doctor's post here as well.

Oh, and could someone tell the Council that nobody really cares about their onanistic resolutions.


I guess you do not care for ALA. Do you think it has no benefits to its membership?

I appreciate the opportunity to discuss the Council vote without having to start a new journal entry. As I've mentioned elsewhere, people who write have a responsibility to listen. Even if they don't like the voices they hear. Given the community nature of LISNews, it seems perfectly appropriate to start a new journal entry in response to someone who won't allow comments.

I know you don't need or want my approval, but I like to highlight openness to debate when I see it.

On to the issue at hand, I disagree with this comment:

While the unions also oppose Judge Alito at least the unions provide some service to their members.

I think ALA gives tangible benefits. Just today I got a $20 credit on my auto insurance from ALA.

I also find the news from American Libraries to be of value, as well as the Documents to the People subscription I get as a member of GODORT. The ALAWON newsletter mostly covers library issues and gives me legislation alerts I wouldn't have time to gather myself. ALA also provides several scholarships which benefits others. There are probably other benefits I could think of I wanted to spend more time on this.

Having said that, while I oppose Alito personally on the grounds of his endorsement of the Unitary Executive, I don't support Council's resolution. It seems far from libraries to me. USAPA can impact the library, I'm not sure how abortion does, but if someone wants to try and explain the connection I'm willing to listen.

OK gentlemen, I don't see much value in what the ALA does for me as a librarian. (I get no car insurance discount from USAA for belonging - and I think I have expired but I would have to check the recipts).

I do think the people in ALA roundtables such as GODORT and the like provide valuable information, but I feel they would exist outside of ALA if ALA did not exist.

As for the scholarships I don't see that I would be eligible for any as a heterosexual white male so I don't see any value there for me. I did apply for several while in school and none were forthcoming.

I am in favor of Judge Alito, I have read about him, read a few of his opinions in which he seems to follow the law even if he may disagree (see the Partial birth abortion decision [Stenberg v. Carhart] in which he wrote an opinion supporting an injunction against enforcing a ban on partial birth abortion). It is clear that Judge Alito follows the law rather than attempting to make law as an activist judge. [this> site is informative and free from glaring partisan error]

I don't personally find $100 of value in the ALA as we get the magazine at the library. If they were more advocates or ombudsmen for librarians then perhaps I would be satisfied with my return on investment but I can't see giving 2 cents to a echo chamber for those with whom I disagree, much less $100. Sure people and organization can disagree with me, but I don't have to pay them to do so.

Keep warm it is supposed to get into the teens.

Thanks for the Findlaw link. I've been skimming through it and will look more in the next day or two.

I'm not yet willing to say my mind has changed, but I think Sen. Robert Byrd makes a good case for voting to> Judge Alito.

Sen. Byrd is as fierce a defender of the legislative branch and separation of powers as one could want. If he's comfortable with Judge Alito's stand on executive power, that should be a comfort to defenders of liberty.

On the other hand, I'm still concerned some of Judge Alito's prior statements on the subject, and his explanation that he was willing to say anything to get a job with the Reagan DOJ. Makes me wonder whether he is still willing to say whatever it takes to get the job.

From what I've read of the hearings, I'm in agreement with Sen. Byrd's characterization of them as "appalling" and agree with how he criticized both parties:

Based on these assumptions, the Framers presumably did not expect the Senate to spend its allotted time on a nominee staging partisan warfare instead of examining his or her qualifications.

Yet, the Framers probably also would never have expected that a Senator of a nominee’s own Party would refuse to ask the candidate meaningful questions. They certainly did not intend for Senators of the nominee’s own Party to sit silently in quiet adulation, refusing to seek the truth while smiling indulgently, thus accomplishing nothing.

The Framers expected the Senate to be a serious check on the power of the President. They clearly thought that the Senate’s confirmation process ought to be fair, impartial, thorough, and exhibit appropriate respect for solemn duty and the dignity of both the process and the nominee.

Sadly, there were any number of blogs where Democratic Senators could have picked up concise, issue oriented questions to ask Judge Alito, instead of business as usual speechifying.

Why do you feel the need to point out that you're a heterosexual white male?
Presumably, we all have equal rights under the law. Or maybe you're sending out feelers for a heterosexual female?

Disagree Daniel. No comfort here. I used to like Sen. Byrd, but now I think he's flipped. I think he's just old and tired...resorting to a "why can't we all get along" theory. The best appeal for filibuster comes from the New York Times editorial staff here>. The Senate Needs a Spine.

I seriously am hoping for a filibuster, because our our freedoms will never be the same nor can they be guaranteed to us if Alito is appointed to the Supreme Court. Like the Times says, it's a radical move, but a necessary one.

Byrd was in the KKK in the 1940's.