reply to post by jjf3rd77
"GOP PRESIDENTIAL hopeful Newt Gingrich recently made disturbing comments regarding the judiciary. He proposed that Congress should be able to impeach
judges whose decisions he believes to be wrong. If elected, he would abolish courts that displease him, ignore Supreme Court decisions he doesn’t
approve of, and order US marshals to arrest judges to force them to explain their decisions to Congress.
Under Gingrich’s scheme, that is precisely what would happen. Judges would be deciding cases while constantly looking over their shoulder at the
possibility of retaliation from politicians. Our system of checks and balances, the foundation of our constitutional order, would be undermined.
Public confidence in the impartiality of the courts would be shattered. If a president and majorities in Congress could simply overturn the
constitutional interpretations of the Court, and if judges could be arrested for displeasing politicians in the other two branches, we would be
placing our basic rights in jeopardy. The rule of law would be destroyed.
Gingrich styles himself a historian, but he is either blissfully unaware that the Founding Fathers deliberately established our government with three
co-equal branches of government, or he is fully aware of that elementary fact and yet is pandering to the right-wing extreme element. I do not know
which is worse. I do know that an independent judiciary possessing equal power with the legislative and executive branches is essential if our
government is to operate as it was intended.
Do we want to dismantle our constitutional structure and replace it with a court system that is not only subservient to the executive and legislative
branch, but must act in fear of them?
Fortunately, Gingrich’s scheme has found few takers. Indeed, people from all sides of the political spectrum are alarmed, including conservatives.
Columnist George Will called Gingrich’s plan a “descent into sinister radicalism.’’ Michael Mukasey, attorney general under George W. Bush,
said it “would reduce the entire judicial system to a spectacle.’’"
mmm other countries involved in this practice include Syria, China, Iran , Zimbabwe.. also Hitler's Germany...
He is the first Speaker in the House's history who had been disciplined for ethics violations.
Which were : "failure to seek legal advice" and one count of "providing the committee with information which he knew or should have known was
inaccurate" concerning the use of a tax exempt college course for political purposes. To avoid a full hearing, Gingrich and the House Ethics
Subcommittee negotiated a sanctions agreement, which Democrats accused Gingrich of immediately violating. Nonetheless, the agreement was forwarded to
the House for approval. On January 21, 1997, the House voted 395 to 28 to reprimand Gingrich, including a $300,000 "cost assessment" to recoup money
spent on the investigation.
He's a hypocrite for impeaching Clinton whilst having his own mistress, not only that he deserts both previous wives when they are seriously ill
(cancer /ms) ... nice person ! (makes me thinks he was having a fit because they needed his support for a change... ahhh poor newt..).
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edit on 22-1-2012 by AliceBlackman because: Removed part of a sentence that could have
wrongly implied I was a member of the Republican Party.