Tuesday, July 05, 2005

For all the Right Reasons

Sandra Day O'Connor's decision to step down from the Supreme Court was one that was in large part propelled by her desire to spend more time with her husband John, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. It is obvious that O'Connor has a clear understanding of her priorities. All too often people sacrifice family relationships and personal life for career advancement. While O'Connor certainly has reached the zenith of all legal careers, she still could have continued to serve. One year shy of her 25th year on the bench, O'Connor did just the opposite, so that she could focus on her private life.

I agree with the decision and applaud it, and not at all because I get tired of her swing voting tendencies. Although, she did vote the right way in the recent Kelo v. City of New London case, which is a complete bastadization of the Fifth Amendment. However, that is another post for another time. In any case, I salute O'Connor's service to America and wish that Congress and the President could work together to put another judge of O'Connor's quality on the bench.