Sunday, July 02, 2006

Media Snoozes While Supreme Court Justice Warns of American Dictatorship

When a Supreme Court Justice is worried about our government maybe we should pay attention?

NPR's Nina Totenberg was present at a talk that resigned Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor gave at Georgetown University in March 2006. Totenberg aired a story about the talk that has otherwise gotten no real media attention. Arizona's own O'Connor, speaking with passion and authority, warned about the "beginnings of dictatorship" in America. The first woman to serve on the High Court wouldn't allow her actual words to be broadcast which is chilling considering what she had to say. The Reagan appointee, a moderate and an American icon, shocked her audience with an astonishing wake up call which the media has all but ignored.

O'Connor all but named names in thinly veiled attacks on former House majority leader Tom DeLay and Texas Sen. John Cornyn. She ended her talk with a stunning warning. Pointing to the experiences of developing countries and formerly Communist countries, where interference with an independent judiciary has allowed dictatorship to flourish, O’Connor said we must be ever vigilant against those who would strong-arm the judiciary into adopting their preferred policies. It takes a lot of degeneration before a country falls into dictatorship she said, but we should avoid these ends by avoiding these beginnings.

O'Connor told her Georgetown audience that judges can make presidents, Congress and governors "really really mad," and that if judges don't make people angry, they aren't doing their job. But she said judicial effectiveness is "premised on the notion that we won't be subject to retaliation for our judicial acts." While hailing the American system of rights and privileges, she noted that these don't protect the judiciary, that "people do."

Then, she took aim at former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. She quoted his attacks on the courts at a meeting of the conservative Christian group 'Justice Sunday' last year, when DeLay took out after the courts for its rulings on abortion, prayer, and the Terry Schiavo case. DeLay was incensed that the federal courts had applied Congress' one-time-only statute about Schiavo as it was written, not, said O'Connor, as the Congressman wished it were written. The response to this 'f'lagrant display of judicial restraint' by the Supreme Court? The congressman blasted the courts, said O'Conner, her voice dripping with sarcasm.

It gets worse, she said, noting that DEATH THREATS against judges are increasing. It doesn’t help, she said, when a high-profile senator suggests there may be a connection between violence against judges and decisions that the senator disagrees with. It was Texas Sen. John Cornyn who made that statement after a Georgia judge was murdered in court and the family of a federal judge in Illinois murdered in the judge's home.

O’Connor observed that there have been lots of suggestions lately for "judicial reforms" like recommendations for the massive impeachment of judges, stripping the courts of jurisdictions and cutting judicial budgets to punish offending judges. Any of these might be debatable, she said, as long as they are NOT retaliation for decision that political leaders disagree with. "I am against judicial reforms driven by nakedly partisan reasoning" O'Connor said.

(O'Connor resigned from the bench to care for her gravely ill husband.)
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5 comments: said...

CONSIDER: The American Judicial and political system of Democracy is corrupt, compromoised and totally, disfunctionally BROKEN.

Henry Ford's first Model T - body parts, most everything but the engine was made almost entirely of resins and fibers extracted from HEMP. That's broken also.

The breaking of America - the antiquation and limitation of our voting processes have made a marketable mockery of The Vote. It is as meaningless as the toy section at Wal-Mart.

FOLLOW THE MONEY. We COULD turn our telephone and computerized banking systems into a massive VOTING MACHINE functionally guiding a real DEMOCRACY by the will of THE PEOPLE just the way we handle our banking and other things that we apparently regard as FAR more important than voting.

But then again - what would we do without a Congress?

Why fix a Model T? It is a museum piece to remind us of whence we have come. We should not stop travelling though, just because it doesn;t run any more.

Dictatorship appears inevitable barring a massive awakening of the sheeple.

The American political system is a broken shambles. Let's move on.


Anonymous said...

"The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality"
Dante 1265-1321

Anonymous said...

Jeez Ron-Co-Opt...

Where ta fuck is your ole Spirit ?
You aint Dead yet, grateful or not and the living are still listening,or, laughing.,...Or, maybe you're the only one Not Laughing ? Hey, speak the language of the times or die trying, I say, but so what ? Move on to what ?

Back to the Vulture's circling above the clear channel, dead meat for the predators to find an feed on...or a less then republican venture. When was the last time we met on Elysian Fields to boogie woogie on the shared experience for expression ?.... Compton Terrace, maybe ? Little Willie may be Dead, yet not forgotten in the word...An didnt that Old Book say that in the Beginning there was , the Word. ? One can only Wonder.

A Miner/PoBoy said...

Yo Miner.... The Grateful Dead (legal Term) are most appreciative of your stewardship.

Let's discuss America and our Powers of Attorney;

The answers like the questions - at least in this context - is best posed in silence donthcha think? Where is my spirit? Ya-Ta-Hey brother. The snake is before you poised to strike. 1984 has come but not gone and it too is poised to strike.... SOMETHING or SOMEONE sir, seems to be prepared to imprison or enslave us all - just like in the 1960's - but meanwhile it has grown hugely.

The Party is over. Did you not hear the announcements? Move on to WHAT? Well as I suggested, the development of an updated contemorary Democracy would be the best of all possible worlds.... however THAT ain't gonna happen. Do you not see that the political machine has us all by the throat?

Anything you do is wrong.
Anything you do is right.
NOT doing anything at all will quite probably be fatal. Not only to yourself but to America as we once knew it.



Anonymous said...

WaddaIwannaDo ? I use to say, the easy ones twice....But we have mellowed somewhat and think there are few easy ones left, or right.
You, Buckaroo are the nut on the left, thats on the right. Lets see, left to loosen, right to tighten, we/they got a wrench for every nut, Huh ?

Freedoms just another word for someplace left to cruise, get on your scooter and let the wind and the rain clear out the brain of the cultures claptraps. Shit Howdy, one synaps at a time, every white line a subliminal left behind...
Ahead, the yet unknown adventure, the lone bar in the middle of Nowhere where you wanted to be, have a shot n a beer, some bud, and think....Waylon use to talk/sing about the Tulsa Turn Around where you got to Tulsa and realized that Nashville was not where you was suppose to be, so you turn around with purpose, back to PHX an the mess ya left behind, face it like the man ya think ya wanna be.

No doubt about it...This aint yo daddy n mommas America, the one they promised would be Better...We are in a War on Error here in the homeland...US got a lot of fuck-ups to figger out how to get out of...Are we old farts part of the solution or dieing remanants of the solution ? Idonknow but I do still wake up with a modicum of hope if not in the system then the individuals that keep in touch and reach out of their minds for some answers that will get them an US through the day. Why not ?

Till Scottsdale freezes over, stay cool, Buckaroo,,

Bob G