Saturday, July 31, 2010

Poly the disease...

Starting with Thom's spam:
According to the New York Times, based on an analysis of four sets of political science data, now after five terms, Chief Justice John Roberts’ Supreme Court is “the most conservative one in living memory.” During this time, the Roberts court “issued conservative decisions 58 percent of the time" and, in the last year, that rate increased to 65 percent, the highest since 1953. As Jeffrey Toobin noted last year in an article for The New Yorker, "In every major case since he became the nation’s seventeenth Chief Justice, Roberts has sided with the prosecution over the defendant, the state over the condemned, the executive branch over the legislative, and the corporate defendant over the individual plaintiff. Even more than Scalia, who has embodied judicial conservatism during a generation of service on the Supreme Court, Roberts has served the interests, and reflected the values, of the contemporary Republican Party." And now with the additional appointment of Alito, Bush moved the Supreme Court so far to the right that some are wondering when they're going to repeal the minimum wage and child labor laws, as the last uber-conservative court did about 100 years ago. Given that the Supreme Court is the most powerful of the three branches of government - the result of their taking onto themselves a power not given them in the Constitution, the power to declare laws unconstitutional which they asserted in 1803 - it becomes ever more important that there be a Democrat in the White House over the next two terms when it becomes increasingly likely that one of the conservative members of the court will retire.

On to Poly's responses:
Probably, at some point when people come to their senses, the Supreme Court will have to be expanded to over-rule wacko far-right Justices.

The numbers on the Supreme Court are set by Congress....not the Constitution. The number of its members. has varied over the lifetime of the nation.

Retired Monk -is a disease"
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At one time, the Supreme Court only had 5 Justices. Now it has nine. Membership can be increased....and it isn't easy. It would take a majority of Progresives in both Houses of Congress to do it. That isn't easy, either.

Retired Monk - is a disease"

When I got the spam from Thom, I was quite interested in how Poly would spin it. He always says there is no difference between the parties and both bow down to the corporatists. Here he had an opportunity to state that who is in the WH is immaterial as normal procedure. But true to his ideologies he suggests packing the court to drown out "wacko far-right Justices". I would hardly consider it far right as this court gave us the Kelo decision. Enough for me to say...

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