My old boss, U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, one of the few non-lawyers on the House Judiciary Committee, used to tell me about how Congress has the power to regulate the federal courts.Hum...
"Constitutionally, we could reduce the Supreme Court to the Chief Justice sitting in his chambers at a card table if we wanted to," he would say.
I thought of that unused congressional authority as I pondered why it is that the Supreme Court tends to pull its members to the left.
In modern times, perhaps the biggest disappointments began with former California Governor Earl Warren, a Republican appointed by President Dwight Eisenhower to serve as Chief Justice.
Richard Nixon's appointments of Warren Burger and Harry Blackmun were a disaster. Both men voted in the majority on the most infamous Supreme Court ruling of the 20th Century, 1973's Roe vs. Wade, with Blackmun writing the majority opinion. The result is forty million Americans aborted.
David Souter, appointed by President George H. W. Bush, has so abandoned any semblance of conservative jurisprudence that he is now counted consistently with Ginsburg, Breyer and John Paul Stevens on the left end of the court.
Two Reagan appointees, Sandra Day O'Connor and Anthony Kennedy, turned into two of the biggest disappointments of the era. O'Connor's left turn culminated two important recent cases, Carhart vs. Stenberg and Lawrence vs. Texas. The Carhart case struck down Nebraska's ban on partial birth abortion. Lawrence created a constitutional right to sodomy, thereby throwing the door open wide for the movement to legalize same-sex marriage.
[ cf New Oversight Of Supreme Court Needed ]
What if there is another issue in play here?
What if the core problem is that the founding father's had just engaged in armed struggle against ONE KING, and needed no pretentions about the majikal wonder love that comes from the divine right of kings, and the correct biblical interpretation of the 'Godless Constitution'???
Hence that the so called conservatives who are whining are simply unwilling to deal with what it would have been alive back then espousing the sort of doggeral about how we must stay with Mad King George III because the Bible ABSOLUTELY mandates that...
Ok, so yeah, there is a whole lot of other really technical stuff... but it all basically falls into that part of the problem where things like a Constitution rather than a rabid prayer meeting might be very different things when it comes to ConLaw in practice, and not merely as campaign rhetoric.
So remember FOLKS if the God Hating Liberals get the White House, then their God Hating will have a chance to nominate the next member of the supreme!!!
Thank GOD we have RoboBushCheney!!!
They gave us John Roberts and Samuel Alito - who may decided that if another president were the president, then maybe the majikal powers act was not as powerful as under the current regime???