On Tuesday Samuel Anthony Alito Jr. was sworn in as the nation’s 110th Supreme Court justice, following the U.S. Senate’s vote to confirm him. It is a hopeful moment for our nation as the American people, wearied by the Court’s embrace of judicial activism, rallied in support of a distinguished jurist with a deep respect for the rule of law and the limited role a justice plays when interpreting that law. 

Unfortunately, Senators Dodd and Lieberman, having caved into pressure from the extreme Left, both voted against Justice Alito’s confirmation. Sen. Dodd even went so far as to support an attempt by his party’s fringe elements to hold a filibuster, which would have denied Justice Alito a fair up-or-down vote.

Following the announcements by Senators Dodd and Lieberman that they would vote against confirming Justice Alito, FIC launched a campaign to persuade Senator Lieberman to vote against a filibuster. While we are disappointed by his vote against Justice Alito’s confirmation, Sen. Lieberman did at least vote against the filibuster.

It is because of the phone calls and e-mails from you, our members, that Sen. Lieberman, who has otherwise caved into pressure from the extreme Left, at least voted to allow Justice Alito a fair up-or-down vote! If the filibuster had been successful, Justice Alito’s confirmation might not have happened. FIC was the only grassroots pro-family organization in Connecticut fighting to prevent Sen. Lieberman from supporting the filibuster!

While the confirmation of Justice Alito marks a major turning point, the battle to restore our culture and the rule of law is far from over. Even if Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito are true to the judicial philosophy they championed in their confirmation hearings, we still need to replace one more liberal justice on the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Reclaiming the U.S. Supreme Court as a place where the Constitution and our nation’s Judeo-Christian heritage will be respected is one of the greatest goals the pro-family movement can achieve. We have made incredible progress toward that goal over the last year and FIC has played a key role in it.

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