[Cc'ed a couple of friends]
You may find this Obama quote interesting:
Indeed, in setting forth the sort of judges he would appoint, Obama has explicitly declared: "We need somebody who's got the heart, the empathy, to recognize what it's like to be a young teenage mom, the empathy to understand what it's like to be poor or African-American or gay or disabled or old--and that's the criterion by which I'll be selecting my judges." So much for the judicial virtue of dispassion. So much for a craft of judging that is distinct from politics.
There are a lot of things I like about Obama, including his open-mindedness, but after you've listened to all sides there's still the problem of which side of the issue you come down on, and his position on judicial picks (passion over dispassion) is contrary to the rule of law and worries me. An activist Supreme Court has the potential to mess up the country in ways that take years to fix (because the Court is so far removed from democratic influence).
"The presentation or 'gift' of the Holy Ghost simply confers upon a man the right to receive at any time, when he is worthy of it and desires it, the power and light of truth of the Holy Ghost, although he may often be left to his own spirit and judgment." --Joseph F. Smith (manual, p. 69)
Be pretty if you are,
Be witty if you can,
But be cheerful if it kills you.