Tuesday, April 05, 2005

"Activist" judges must be stopped

At a press conference in Houston, [Tom DeLay] the Texas Republican attacked "an arrogant, out of control, unaccountable judiciary that thumbed their nose at the Congress and the president'' by refusing to order Schiavo's feeding tube reinserted.

DeLay and other conservative leaders promised to seek legislation to deal with right-to-die issues. Asked if he might back the House starting impeachment proceedings against the judges involved in the Schiavo case, DeLay said, "There's plenty of time to look into that."

  SF Gate article

Rick Scarborough, acting chairman of the Judeo-Christian Council for Constitutional Restoration [announced the group's first council meeting] -- Confronting The Judicial War On Faith -- [which] will convene at the Washington Marriott in Washington, D.C. Confronting The Judicial War On Faith will address the rising tide of judicial despotism, of which the Schiavo case is the latest and most poignant example.


Scarborough stressed: "This will be an action-oriented conference. Our purpose is to draw up a plan of action to oppose the liberal judges who have abrogated our most precious human rights -- including Terri Schiavo's right to life."


For more information on the Confronting The Judicial War On Faith Conference -- including a complete list of speakers, program and information on registration -- go to http://www.stopactivistjudges.org or call 866-522-5582.

  U.S. Newswire article

Most of those tyrannical jurists happen to be Republicans.

When the Supreme Court issued what should be the final decision in the Schiavo matter on Thursday, its nine members again unanimously rejected the parents' plea for another review. The court's decision, issued through Justice Anthony Kennedy, scarcely went beyond the succinctly negative "denied." None of the court's self-styled "originalist" thinkers issued a peep of dissent, although this was their fifth opportunity to do so.

Antonin Scalia, who has come closest to articulating an openly theocratic approach to jurisprudence, indicated no objection to the majority position. Neither did Clarence Thomas, whose views closely mirror those of Scalia.


Of the appeals court's 12 active judges, only two dissented [ed: i.e., supported keeping Schiavo's feeding tube in place]. One was [Clinton appointee Charles] Wilson; the other was Judge Gerald Tjofelt, a Republican appointed in 1975 by President Ford. The remainder, who evidently concurred with that Clintonite elitist Whittemore, included six Republicans: Reagan appointee and Chief Judge J.L. Edmondson; George H.W. Bush appointees Carnes, Stanley Birch, Joel Dubina, Susan Black; and, most ironically, William Pryor Jr., who was given a recess appointment by George W. Bush two years ago in the midst of controversy and filibuster by Democratic senators.


[Pryor] is a vehement opponent of abortion, an advocate of criminalizing homosexuality and a consistent supporter of theocratic efforts to breach the wall separating church and state. Although the competition is fierce, he is probably the most right-wing nominee chosen by President Bush.


  Salon.com article

Doesn't matter. Those Rethuglicans know how to whip up a frenzied mob. Facts only get in the way.
Meanwhile, national polls show that the public disdains the hysterical posturing of the Republican leadership in Congress and the White House. Ultimately the Schiavo case may well change the debate over the filibuster, though not as imagined by the likes of Hugh Hewitt, if only because Senate Democrats finally muster the courage and determination to defend the Constitution and an independent judiciary.
I wouldn't hold my breath if I were you.

....but hey, do what you want....you will anyway.

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