"Who controls the past controls the future; who controls the present controls the past." Orwell-- The US is probably moving toward becoming a heavily controlled Rightist state. This blog is an effort to document how that happened.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Newt’s Followers and the Courts

The Right was to demonstrate demonstrated impatience with the courts when they took positions contrary to what conservatives expected. When the judiciary failed to support indefinitely prolonging the life of brain-damaged Terry Schiavo Texans Representative Tom De Lay and Senator John Cornyn made statements that seemed to justify violence against judges. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sandra Day O’Connor both received death threats because they cited foreign law in footnotes. They were not advocating adoption of those laws, but simply noting how others defined and approached common problems. The Right has made this a significant issue and has proposed legislation forbidding judges from citing foreign law and courts. In these contexts, O’Connor as a retired justice felt compelled to speak out against interference with the judiciary noting that such steps could the beginning of degeneration into dictatorship. Reverend Dr. James Dobson, a psychologist, noted that Congress had the power to abolish the liberal Ninth Circuit Court, and DeLay added, “We set up the courts. We can unset the courts.” The New York Times editors suggested she also had in mind legislation sharply limiting review of military commission actions regarding detainees. When this legislation passed, the Bush administration immediately announced it would apply it to 160 pending cases, even though the law did not refer to pending cases.

Hostile to judicial restraints, Congressional Republicans stood by while George W. Bush set up an unauthorized wiretap program. The cooperated in Dick Cheney's effort to eviscerate the FISA Court, which had been set up to police electronic surveillance of foreign intelligence operatives within the United States. They have come close to achieving this goal when Congress was under Democratic control in 2007-2008, as fefw Democrats are willing to stand up and be counted. The Dems fear being called weak on defense. At the same time, the Republicans, with Democratic help, nullified a court decision on the rights of detainees and established passed the Military Commissions ACt, which even makes testimony acquired from torture admissible.

Sherman has written African American Baseball: A Brief History, which can be acquired from LuLu Publishing on line.http://www.lulu.com/browse/search.php?search_forum

No comments:

Blog Archive

About Me

Sherm spent seven years writing an analytical chronicle of what the Republicans have been up to since the 1970s. It discusses elements in the Republican coalition, their ideologies, strategies, informational and financial resources, and election shenanigans. Abuses of power by the Reagan and G. W. Bush administration and the Republican Congresses are detailed. The New Republican Coalition : Its Rise and Impact, The Seventies to Present (Publish America) can be acquired by calling 301-695-1707. On line, go to http://www.publishamerica.com/shopping. It can also be obtained through the on-line operations of Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Do not consider purchasing it if you are looking for something that mirrors the mainstream media!