Ok, Ok, I know – I don’t write anything for months and then you get two political rants in a row. I just completed my self-imposed week long news blackout (it was painful) and what is the one of first stories that I see? That a Michigan Federal District Court Judge has ruled illegal the President’s domestic wiretapping program (oh sorry, in Republican speak the “Terrorist Surveillance Program”). It is about time. But that’s not the point of my rant – this is:
“It’s an appallingly bad decision by a district court judge who is very much out of the mainstream,” said David Rivkin, a former associate White House counsel in the administration of President George H.W. Bush. “It is certain to be overturned.”
Of all the power grabs that this administration has made, this quote illustrates the one that I will never forgive. Judges are not supposed to be part of the “mainstream”! Judges must be separate, impartial, just. Decisions in courts of the non-Kangaroo variety must be made based on the facts and the arguments of the opposing attorneys. By waging a propaganda war against the Judicial branch this Administration weakens the legitimacy of our entire government. “Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” By belittling the venue that the People use to enact justice, the Republican party is in effect denigrating the Will of the governed. By pursuing a policy of attacking “Activist Judges” who are “out of the mainstream” this government skates ever closer to losing the consent of the governed and thus the just source of its powers.