Posted by Brad @ 2:32 pm on October 25th 2010

Legislative Activism

And a stupid meme finally reaches its idiotic if perfectly logical conclusion.

“I mean, the Supreme Court has done a tremendous disservice to the United States of America,” Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) told The Huffington Post on Tuesday. “They have done more to undermine our democracy with their Citizens United decision than all of the Republican operatives in the world in this campaign. They’ve opened the floodgates, and personally, I’m investigating articles of impeachment against Justice Roberts for perjuring during his Senate hearings, where he said he wouldn’t be a judicial activist, and he wouldn’t overturn precedents.”

In a climate where hyper-extreme measures have ceased to be hyper-extreme last-ditch-special-case-only and are now the normal way of doing business (see: executive authority, legislative filibustering and secret holds and/or reconciliation to pass major legislation, etc.), the idea that judges can be impeached every time they decide a case in a way we don’t like because we’ve convinced ourselves that “the way we like” = constitutional” and “the way we don’t like = unconstitutional”, this really does make a sort of perfect sense.

Of course, right-wingers will no doubt mock this, but rest assured they’ll be doing so not on the inherent logic of the overreach by Rep. DeFazio.

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