Monday, December 13, 2010

Happy Anniversary Plus One Day

It was ten years ago, plus one day, that Conservatives who railed for years about "activist judges" managed to get the Supreme Court of the United States to decide that the most important thing in a democracy isn't actually counting votes, but getting a result, especially one that fits the Court's ideological majority.

And they summed up the wisdom of then 213 years of Constitutional scholarship thusly:

None are more conscious of the vital limits on judicial authority than are the members of this Court, and none stand more in admiration of the Constitution’s design to leave the selection of the President to the people, through their legislatures, and to the political sphere.

But they were going to decide anyway. Oh, but it wasn't a precedent for future courts.

After that the Democratic Nominee...failed to put up any fight.

But that was a precedent.

And, of course, the last decade has really worked out well for the country as a result.

[Cross-posted at Firedoglake]


StonyPillow said...

There have been worse December 13ths than today or even 2000. America survived, because we did not accept defeat.

Anonymous said...

and we go out w/ a whimper in a bankster mess ala spain in the 16th c.

it was a conservative preservation decision.

Anonymous said...

Fuck you, Sandra Day O'Connor, sanctimonious bitch, more Republican than American.

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