No-One Could Have Anticipated…

2 comments June 21st, 2007at 07:15pm Posted by Eli

That Dubya would appoint dishonest ideologues to the Supreme Court. On the other hand, thank God we finally have a Supreme Court willing to overturn the work of all those activist judges who came before them, right?

The definitive quote about our judiciary comes from Thurgood Marshall, just hours before he retired:

Power, not reason, is the new currency of this court’s decision making.

Which I interpret as referring to the Supreme Court’s sometime tendency to decide cases on the basis of its political composition, rather than on any actual legal reasoning or honest interpretation of the Constitution. This is why I favor requiring a supermajority to confirm federal judges, especially to the Supreme Court: The courts should be composed of high-caliber moderates who strive to be fair and honest, not partisans seeking to repay their patrons or advance an agenda.

Entry Filed under: Bush,Judiciary,Republicans

2 Comments

  • 1. Robert  |  June 21st, 2007 at 11:13 pm

    Your idea of requiring a supermajority to confirm judges is a good one. I can’t help but think the founders would have required it if they had known how things were going to turn out. It is the only way to mitigate the partisan circus we have now.

  • 2. Ruth  |  June 22nd, 2007 at 6:08 am

    A major pride of the U.S. being that we represent the success of the Rule of Law, the present demolition of the Supreme Court and the Dept of Justice presages a great failure, and when we get in a Democrat as president with majorities in both houses, a major overhaul will be needed. The supermajority is a good idea, but not enough to keep corruption from prevailing when the elected officials represent corporate interests in a pitched battle with public interest.


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