A Man Who’s Sure Courts and the “Global Community” Will Remain on His Side
Rick Santorum introduces his fellow Pennsylvanians (and us) to a man whom he says is on President Obama’s short list for Supreme Court:
Watching President Obama apologize last week for America’s arrogance – before a French audience that owes its freedom to the sacrifices of Americans – helped convince me that he has a deep-seated antipathy toward American values and traditions. His nomination of former Yale Law School Dean Harold Koh to be the State Department’s top lawyer constitutes further evidence of his disdain for American values.
This seemingly obscure position in Foggy Bottom’s bureaucratic maze is one of the most important in any administration, shaping foreign policy in the courts and playing a critical role in international negotiations and treaties.
Let’s set aside Koh’s disputed comments about the possible application of Sharia law in American jurisprudence. The pick is alarming for more fundamental reasons having to do with national sovereignty and constitutional self-governance.
What is indisputable is that Koh calls himself a “transnationalist.” He believes U.S. courts “must look beyond national interest to the mutual interests of all nations in a smoothly functioning international legal regime. …” He thinks the courts have “a central role to play in domesticating international law into U.S. law” and should “use their interpretive powers to promote the development of a global legal system.”
And how’s this for night-is-day speak:
He wrote that “the principles of human dignity and autonomy that are the essence of the modern right-protecting democracy demand that civil marriage be available to all couples and that the equality of all citizens triumph over historical attitudes.”
In Koh’s view, the underlying principles of democracy “demand” that the practice of democracy itself be circumvented. One suspects that Mr. Koh’s personal beliefs align reasonably closely not only with principles, but practices, as well, that he believes a global judiciary ought to impose.