Rep. John Lewis on Thomas Farr Nomination to U.S. District Court
I join my colleagues in adamantly opposing the nomination of Thomas Farr to the U.S. District Court. The right to vote is precious, almost sacred. It is the most powerful tool of non-violent reform available to every citizen in our democracy.
Thomas Farr has dedicated his entire career to attacking the ability for every American citizen to have a say in our democracy. He is the agent of forces in our society who believe that the rich, powerful, and corporate interests should have not only market dominance, but should have an overriding influence on all the decisions of our society. This approach to governing has silenced debate, disenfranchised millions of people, rigged our electoral system, and has rendered the federal government nearly incapable of managing the most pressing issues the people face in our time.
The problems this nominee represents are beyond partisan difference. They threaten the very foundation of our democracy. By allowing partisanship to infect the courts of this land, we jeopardize everything this nation holds dear, the rule of law, the progress of our own history, and the very ideas that made this country great. Democrats, Republicans, and any American who believes in the ideals of justice, freedom, and equality enshrined in the Bill of Rights and the Constitution must oppose the nomination of Thomas Farr.