December 19, 2011
Dissecting Newt

God know what he was telling Freddie Mac, but here's a summary of the clueless Newtster’s most recent attempt on history:

Gingrich, who explained that he was outraged by activist liberal elitist judges imposing their secular values on America (and more generally by “lawyers” who have come “to think that they can dictate to the rest of us”), declared that as president he would simply ignore Supreme Court decisions he didn’t like, abolish Federal appeals courts whose “anti-American” judges ruled in ways he didn’t like, and encourage Congress to subpoena judges to explain their decisions.

He claimed that Lincoln had similarly “just ignored” the Dred Scott decision, when he issued his Emancipation Proclamation; he said that Jefferson had similarly abolished Federal circuit courts whose judges he opposed; and he asserted that Jackson and FDR had also taken stances against what he declared to be the spurious doctrine of “judicial supremacy”— that the courts can pass judgment on the constitutionality of presidential actions or acts of Congress.

He insisted that the Supreme Court’s 2008 decision on detainees at Guantanamo could be declared “null and void” by the president “because it infringes on my duties as commander in chief to protect the country.”

He wrapped up his case by invoking those infallible and all-seeing guides, the Founding Fathers, who he said “were very distrustful of judges, saw them as an elite instrument of government designed to oppress people. And, as a result, consciously made the judicial branch the third branch and the weakest branch.”

You knew instinctively, of course, that all this was just more waste product from the GOP’s current White Hope (its Black Hope having self-destructed). But you probably didn’t have the time or inclination to do exploratory surgery. However The Liberal Curmudgeon (from which the above excerpt comes) has done a thorough dissection for you; sadly, the patient did not survive.



Posted by Jerome Doolittle at December 19, 2011 02:01 PM
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The first rule of tautology club is the first rule of tautology club.

Posted by: Brady Bonk on December 20, 2011 1:28 AM

I am into my third and most pervasive reading of Zinn's People's History, concurrent with a second more pervasive reading of James Lowien's Lies My Teacher Told Me, and I last night found you, Jerome, quoted. 'Bout 'Nam.

I don't need a tattoo, to never forget.

Posted by: Ten Bears on December 20, 2011 12:33 PM

Yeah, fifty years from now the only remaining sign of my presence on earth will be a footnote in A People's History of the United States. What the hell, though. It could be worse.

Posted by: Jerry Doolittle on December 20, 2011 5:47 PM

That picture explains what formerly seemed inexplicable --- where in the world Callista came up with that hairdo of hers!

Posted by: Mamasan on December 20, 2011 6:18 PM

Jackson and FDR... What those two Presidents had most in common was responsibility for mass deportations. WTF does Gingrich mean by yoking them together in his phrases?

Posted by: Martha Bridegam on December 20, 2011 7:11 PM

So too with 'Nam.

Posted by: Ten Bears on December 22, 2011 12:08 PM
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