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Senate Proceeding on Aug 4th, 2010 :: 7:59:35 to 8:05:05
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Johnny Isakson

7:59:22 to 7:59:43( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: heart, i yield the floor. a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from georgia. a sena president. i -- mr. isakson: i am always reluctant to find out that i'm following the senator from oklahoma on the floor of the senate. he is always prepared and always eloquent and i want to commend the senator on his speech.

Johnny Isakson

7:59:35 to 8:05:05( Edit History Discussion )
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Johnny Isakson

7:59:44 to 8:00:05( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: but i really want to commend him on his questioning in the hearing. because he allowed us to gain and ms. kagan to express important points and important opinions and important judgments d important statements for everybody in this body to make up his mind. that's what this senate is really all about. and senators like the senator

Johnny Isakson

8:00:06 to 8:00:26( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: from oklahoma who help us all to do his job and i commend him very much for his work. i -- i also commend him for covering so many facts. my speech will be very brief. i announced about four weeks ago that i would not vote for the confirmation of ms. elena kagan and expressed at that time the reasons, but i wanted to memorialize that on the floor

Johnny Isakson

8:00:27 to 8:00:48( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: because it is a serious responsibility that we have to advice and consent on the nominations of the president of the united states, and in response to that advice and consent should always be thoughtful and should always thorough. mine are generally based entirely on the constitution when it comes to the supre court and to the appointments that the president of the united

Johnny Isakson

8:00:49 to 8:01:10( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: states make because i'm well aware that my position, the president's position, all of us in this room's position was a creation of those of our founng fathers who wrote the constitution that created the government that is the united states of america, and the three branches of that government that will govern us as executive, legislative and judicial.

Johnny Isakson

8:01:11 to 8:01:33( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: executive as in the president, legislative in us, and the judicial is the jury. the jury not of who is right and wrong but whose constitution right is the raw right that we constitution that created us. two things in ms. kagan's past concern me greatly in terms of the direction she would go as a justice on the united states

Johnny Isakson

8:01:34 to 8:01:55( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: supreme court. one is the solomon rule application when she was dean of the harvard law school. we dealt when i helped write along with a lot of the other members in this body no left behind, we made sure that we covered this issue of military access on campuses of secondary schools and the solomon amendment is a

Johnny Isakson

8:01:56 to 8:02:17( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: simple amendment that says that if you accept federal funds as a public institution or as a private institution in terms of harvard or through research of funds like that, that u.s. military representatives will have access to the campus. ms. kagan made the conscious decision as dean of a law school

Johnny Isakson

8:02:18 to 8:02:38( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: that that access would not be available at harvard, and even after direction otherwise continuing that position until she eventually withdrew. mr. president, if someone is going to the supreme court of the united states of america to judge, be judge of our

Johnny Isakson

8:02:39 to 8:02:59( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: constitution, its application to our legislative and judicial branch, you must rember the first responsibility designated to this congress and to this government is to protect and defend domestic tranquillity of the people of the united states of america and to constitute an army and a navy to do that. you cannot draw on that army and

Johnny Isakson

8:03:00 to 8:03:21( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: navy if you cannot draw on the people in your country, and at a time today, a contemporary time like 2010 where everyone that serves -- everyone, not a one is conscripted. every single one is a volunteer. the information about the opportunities, the availability and the promise of a career in the military or superior service

Johnny Isakson

8:03:22 to 8:03:42( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: should not be denied anyone who receives -- who goes to an institution that receives funds from the united states of america and from this congress. secondly in citizens united, there has been a lot of talk about the citizens united case and there have been a lot of political arguments about the citizens united case, but it is a first amendment case. i don't think anybody argues

Johnny Isakson

8:03:43 to 8:04:03( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: about that. and in listening to the testimony in the judiciary committee and reading the record on the citizens united case, it is obvious in her expression and her arguments before the supreme court that ms. kagan felt that even though you h a first amendment who through either

Johnny Isakson

8:04:04 to 8:04:25( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: printing or writing or video or audio government could restrict political speech. well, the first amendment is the guarantee of free speech, and t argue a case that notwithstanding the first amendment, political speech could be run by the government and judged by the government in its timing and its accessibility

Johnny Isakson

8:04:26 to 8:04:46( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: to me flies in the face of the very first amendment, of the first ten amendments that finally allowed us to pass a constitution and come together as a nation. so there are a lot of other issues. the senators that preceded me have raised a lot of those issues, and i commend ms. kagan, too, on her complete congeniality and her complete candor before the committee.

Johnny Isakson

8:04:47 to 8:05:09( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: but in terms of this senator, in terms of my vote, in terms of my judgment, it is the case and the opinions on the first andment in citizens united and the actions contrary to the solomon amendment and mitary access that to me deliver a temperament that i don't think is appropriate on a justice of the

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