I hate writing about politics almost as much as I hate reading about politics but this just irritated the living shit out of me. The GOP is apparently upset with the Supreme Court of the United States because even though the court has an ostensible conservative majority, Roberts’ crew has ruled completely opposite of what Republicans would like (emphasis added):
But it’s not just the firebrands who have had it with the Roberts court, despite it having one of the most conservative records in history. A Gallup poll released last week shows Republican approval of the Supreme Court at 18 percent, its lowest point in the 15 years surveyed and down 33 percentage points from last summer.
Wednesday’s hearing — titled “With Prejudice: Supreme Court Activism and Possible Solutions” and convened by the Judiciary Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts, which Cruz chairs — presented the latest wave of efforts to attack the Supreme Court for straying from the high hopes conservatives had after Bush nominated Samuel Alito to the seat vacated by the more moderate Sandra Day O’Connor.
“When I see what’s happened at the Supreme Court level, it strikes me as a foreign, unhistorical approach to law. It’s just breathtaking, some of the things that have happened,” Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) said during the hearing.
One witness, John Eastman — a Chapman University law professor who also serves as the chair of the board for National Organization for Marriage — suggested constitutional amendments allowing states by a majority vote to override “truly egregious” decisions by the court and a supermajority of Congress to do the same.
Another witness, Edward Whelan, president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, threw out an assortment of ideas, including changes to the constitutional amendment process itself, opportunities to override decisions, more avenues to remove bad judges, and term limits.
“The Court’s extraordinary abuses also call for consideration of extraordinary responses,” he said.
It is like these people completely forgot that we have this little thing called “checks and balances” to ensure that no single branch of our government can acquire too much power, and to ensure each functions within the confines of the US constitution. It’s no wonder people – both Democrats and Republicans alike – consider today’s GOP batshit crazy.
How anyone can suggest allowing states to override “egregious” Supreme Court decisions is unbelievable. So who decides what is egregious?
This is just wrong on so many levels I do not even have the vocabulary to articulate the level of ignorance on display. This makes me sad is really the best thing I can say at this point.