Justice Scalia to Teach Bachmann’s Tea Party How to Repeal ‘ObamaCare,’ Probably
December 14, 2010
(ChattahBox Political News)—Well isn’t this special. The unhinged right-wing lawmaker Michele Bachmann (R-MN), who once advocated an investigation into the “anti-America” activities of some members of Congress, has convinced uber-conservative and radical tenther U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, to teach a course on the constitution to her tea party Caucus “patriots.” Firstly, I thought the teapartiers were experts on the constitution, since that’s all they seem to talk about, in between trying to gut sections of the document they don’t like, such as the 17th and 16th Amendments and parts of the 14th. Secondly, isn’t it truly bizarre that a wingnut Supreme Court Justice would lecture Congressional lawmakers on his version of constitutional law? What does he plan to do, coach the radical teapartiers on how best to repeal the healthcare reform law?
Steve Benen of the Washington Monthly’s Political Animal, said it best: “But if Bachmann’s right, this is truly bizarre, even for conservatives. A sitting Supreme Court justice is going to teach a class on constitutional interpretation to a separate branch of government? Seriously?”
Bachmann made her big announcement during an appearance on Lou Dobbs’ radio show:
Dobbs: You’ve got a terrific idea that you’re going to implement with the new Congress: a course on the Constitution for incoming Congressmen and women. Tell us about that.
Bachmann: We’re going to do what the NFL does and what the baseball teams do: we’re going to practice every week, if you will, our craft, which is studying and learning the Declaration, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.
Justice Scalia has graciously agreed to kick off our class. The hour before we cast our first vote in congress, we’ll meet in the Capitol, we’ll have a seminar on some segment of the Constitution, we’ll have a speaker, we’ll have questions and answers, we’ll wrap our minds around this magnificent document [and] that’ll set the tone for the week while we’re in Washington.
I think it’s great and I’m hoping all the members of Congress will partake; it’s bipartisan.
Good Lord, so much for a respected independent U.S. Supreme Court. In recent years, our highest court has turned into a partisan conservative think tank. The conservative Justices routinely participate in ethically questionable conservative fundraising events and weekend getaways with the right-wing Koch brothers. While Ginnie Thomas, the wife of Justice Thomas is actively engaged in tea party activities and advocating against the health care reform law that will soon be ruled upon by her husband.
You have to wonder, if landmark cases, such as Brown vs. Board of Education or Gideon v. Wainwright landed before today’s Supreme Court Justices, what the results would be. Instead of moving forward into the 21 century, conservatives are trying to take us back to the 19th century.
Instead of respected legal scholars, we now have partisan ideologues on our Supreme Court.
To really understand the sickening mindset of Justice Scalia, who calls for repealing the 17th Amendment, you need look no further than his dissenting opinion on a recent case of a man on death row who made a strong case for his innocence. Scalia argued that the constitution doesn’t protect innocent prisoners from the death penalty.
“This Court has never held that the Constitution forbids the execution of a convicted defendant who has had a full and fair trial but is later able to convince a habeas court that he is “actually” innocent. Quite to the contrary, we have repeatedly left that question unresolved, while expressing considerable doubt that any claim based on alleged “actual innocence” is constitutionally cognizable, wrote Scalia in his dissenting opinion in the case of Troy Davis.
Justice Thomas joined Scalia in his coldblooded dismissal of the prospect of executing an innocent man.
Photo Source: Wikimedia/Stephen Masker/Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia testifies before the House Judiciary Committee 2010/Creative Commons Attribution.