”’This was the statement made by Sen. Daniel Inouye on the Senate floor about the Nomination of The Honorable Samuel A. Alito, Jr., To Be an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Alito was confirmed by the full Senate on Jan. 31, 2006.”’

At this moment in our history, our country faces a spectrum of challenges broader than any we have ever faced before, both at home and abroad. However great the storm we face today, I am confident that our nation, founded on the architecture of our Constitution, will prevail. The checks and balances it establishes among Congress, President, and Courts are the true arsenal of freedom. In the end, these checks and balances, in the hands of the American people, will prove greater than any assault on the precious freedoms and liberties our forefathers fought to establish.

For the officials of our federal government, the protection of the institutions of our American democracy is a duty that both transcends and supersedes all others

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