Order in The Court

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With Another Supreme Court battle looming, this time over Harriet Miers, let's acknowledge something up front: Republicans are right to complain about judicial activism.

So begins a startling commentary by Nicholas Kristof in today's New York Times.
 
Kristof absolutely gives the game away with a series of admissions that sound like a Republican Convention speech in the detailed manner in which it lays out the liberal end—run of the political process.

"Liberals...seek social progress through the courts rather than the political process."

"Court rulings became the liberal template..."

"....to achieve victories it could never have managed through the political process."

"worthy outcome(s) by torturing the Constitution."

"It is almost taken for granted", he writes, "on the left that if you support abortion rights, you must have agreed with Roe vs. Wade, or if you support gay rights, you must favor court rulings endorsing gay marriage. But court rulings can constitute fine justice and bad law." [emphasis added]

He ends the piece calling for a return

"to the democratic process, not the undemocratic courts."

I wonder why?

Andrew Sumereau   10 04 05

With Another Supreme Court battle looming, this time over Harriet Miers, let's acknowledge something up front: Republicans are right to complain about judicial activism.

So begins a startling commentary by Nicholas Kristof in today's New York Times.
 
Kristof absolutely gives the game away with a series of admissions that sound like a Republican Convention speech in the detailed manner in which it lays out the liberal end—run of the political process.

"Liberals...seek social progress through the courts rather than the political process."

"Court rulings became the liberal template..."

"....to achieve victories it could never have managed through the political process."

"worthy outcome(s) by torturing the Constitution."

"It is almost taken for granted", he writes, "on the left that if you support abortion rights, you must have agreed with Roe vs. Wade, or if you support gay rights, you must favor court rulings endorsing gay marriage. But court rulings can constitute fine justice and bad law." [emphasis added]

He ends the piece calling for a return

"to the democratic process, not the undemocratic courts."

I wonder why?

Andrew Sumereau   10 04 05