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Monday, April 04, 2005

A message from Dick Cheney and me to Mark Levin: Good God, quit embasassing yourself 

Dick Cheney, quoted in the Washington Post,

I may disagree with decisions made by judges in any one particular case. But I don't think there would be much support for the proposition that because a judge hands down a decision we don't like, that somehow we ought to go out -- there's a reason why judges get lifetime appointments.

Whether they know or acknowledge it, people who complain about "judicial tyranny" are just wigging out over a court deciding a case differently than they would have themselves. And as the people usually complaining are extremist right-wingers, they do wig out quite a bit.

I've not heard of a realistic solution offered by people who bellow about our nation allegedly being run by judges ... or even a description of the purported problem much more specific than "the judges are tyrants!" I am reading Mark Levin's Men in Black: How the Supreme Court is Destroying America in which he devotes 8 pages out of about 250 to a chapter called "Restoring the Constitution." Most of the chapter is additional shrieking about Democratic presidents and the like, but he also tepidly offers a solution,

Probably more potent and practical than the removal of individual judges and justices is Congress's power to limit the Supreme Court's jurisdiction.

Of course, Levin recently supported Congress increasing the federal judiciary's jurisdiction when he felt that may result in a ruling more to his liking,

Article III specifically empowers Congress to determine the jurisdiction of the federal courts, which is all it did today. It authorized a federal court to determine whether Terri Schiavo's due process rights and the right not be subject to cruel and unusual punishment were properly protected by a state court.

They have no solutions, only complaints.

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