GOI: First we had Tom DeLay making threatening remarks toward the judges who ruled in the Terri Schiavo case and now we have another Texas politician making waves regarding judges.
Senator Cornyn of Texas had this to say on the Senate floor:
"It causes a lot of people, including me, great distress to see judges use the authority that they have been given to make raw political or ideological decisions," he said. Sometimes, he said, "the Supreme Court has taken on this role as a policymaker rather than an enforcer of political decisions made by elected representatives of the people."
"I don't know if there is a cause-and-effect connection, but we have seen some recent episodes of courthouse violence in this country. . . . And I wonder whether there may be some connection between the perception in some quarters, on some occasions, where judges are making political decisions yet are unaccountable to the public, that it builds up and builds up and builds up to the point where some people engage in, engage in violence. Certainly without any justification, but a concern that I have."
GOI: This is UNACCEPTABLE talk coming from a member of the Senate. This is an underhanded way to somehow link the recent courthouse violence to judges that he and other Republicans disagree with.
First Tom DeLay and now Cornyn.
This from AMERICAblog concerning Cornyn's comments:
"We now have Republican Senators making excuses for terrorists. Explaining why terrorism is understandable. Why terrorists have legitimate concerns. Justifying why the victims of terrorism are really to blame for these heinous crimes. Wonder what Senator Cornyn thinks of rape victims?"
GOI:We have Republican senators and representatives crying that these judges need to be held accountable. Then you have this Cornyn basically saying that the recent violence we have seen against judges can be seen as understandable because the judges had it coming because they are "out of control." It also appears that "out of control" is code talk for disagreeing with their rulings. So, I guess what the Republicans are saying is that if you disagree with judges you can kill them??
The Republican party is out of control and they are willing to do whatever it takes to get what they want. The Republicans are now wanting to get rid of the 200 year old filibuster rule that allows the minority party it's last vestige of power to prevent total domination of one party.
It's not like the Republicans have not used the filibuster themselves. They used it many times during the Clinton administration and now they want to change the rules so that they can shove their judges through the Senate without so much as a peep of debate from the minority party.
The Republicans are wanting to unravel the Constitution with this dangerous plan to destroy the filibuster.
These are the "law and order" people and the "family values" people. I guess it is the law according to these handful of politicians. They seem to want the law of the "old west" where mobs and vigilantism were the "enforcers."
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