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We've had demographic questions on the census -- I don't know how far back, but, certainly, it's quite common. ... Sex, age, things like that. ... Do you own your house ? Do you own a radio ? I mean, the questions go quite beyond how many people there are, the CVAP, The CVAP, is the critical element in voting rights enforcement, and this is getting citizen information.
A son of the Midwest heartland and a veteran of World War II, Justice John Paul Stevens devoted his long life to public service, including 35 years on the Supreme Court, he brought to our bench an inimitable blend of kindness, humility, wisdom, and independence. His unrelenting commitment to justice has left us a better nation. We extend our deepest condolences to his children Elizabeth and Susan, and to his extended family.
I have great respect for our public officials. After all, they speak for the people and that commands a certain degree of humility from those of us in the judicial branch who do not. We do not speak for the people, but we speak for the Constitution. Our role is very clear. We are to interpret the laws and Constitution of the United States and ensure that the political branches act within them.
When you have a sharply political, divisive hearing process, it increases the danger that whoever comes out of it would be viewed in those terms, and that's just not how -- we don't work as Democrats or Republicans. I think it's a very unfortunate perception the public might get from the confirmation process.
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