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April 04, 2005

Congress: The scarecrow in need of a brain

From NewsMax:

Perhaps dissatisfied and frustrated by the performance of the federal court system in relation to the Terri Schiavo case, House Majority Leader Tom DeLay says he'll ask a House panel to look into it....

DeLay's statement regarding his intention to seek a full accounting of the courts' behavior reflected some of this frustration. According to the Post, DeLay said "the time will come for the men responsible for this to answer for their behavior." And later, in a television interview, he said he intends to "look at an arrogant, out-of-control, unaccountable judiciary that thumbed their nose at Congress and the president."...

"We need to look at the failure of the judiciary in Florida. We need to look at the failure of the judiciary on the federal level," he added.

My kids have this odd notion that to “look at” something requires handling it, and more often than not, breaking it. Congress has historically displayed the attitude that action requires nothing more than “looking at” a problem. typically resulting in absolutely nothing of any substance getting done. DeLay and the rest of Congress needs to be sent the message that they need to quit “looking” and start doing.

Oh, and the response by Democrats?

"Threats against specific federal judges are not only a serious crime, but also beneath a Member of Congress," wrote Sen. Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey, the Post reported. "Your attempt to intimidate judges in America not only threatens our courts, but our fundamental democracy as well."

Added Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts, "at a time when emotions are running high, Mr. DeLay needs to make clear that he is not advocating violence against anyone."

Reminds me of the old joke:

“Quit twisting my words!”
“What're you talking about?!? I didn't twist your arm!”

If Congress cannot act to remedy judges who step out of the constitutional roles, then how in the world can there be anything remotely resembling a balance of powers? Judges certainly don't seem to hesitate to tell Congress what to do.

Posted by Danny Carlton at April 4, 2005 08:46 AM

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