Note, that’s the entire statement from the majority leader’s website, so I’m not quoting anything out of context. WTF does he mean by that? Is he planning on tossing out every male member of the judiciary out on their ear, thus leaving the women in charge? (Not that I think that this would be a bad thing, but why pick only on the men?) Or does he have something else up his sleeve? (I’ve heard at least one news account describing members of Congress as intending to “bitch slap” the Judicial branch.) I don’t quite get that at all.
I mean, the vast majority of Americans feel that the President and the Congress overstepped their authority in this. Just like the courts have ruled. So why don’t you STFU, since you’re quite clearly in the minority in this matter and do what the Founding Father’s intended?
I don’t know. I wish I could find transcripts of some of the comments DeLay and others were making in speeches today. I can’t remember the exact wording, but they were basically talking about rewriting the Constitution to put the Judiciary under the thumb of the Congress. Not much of it really made any sense, since one of the things they were talking about was making the judges of the various courts electable by the general population and stripping them of their lifetime appointments in the case of SCOTUS, when you add the fact that the majority of Americans agreed with the courts in this instance, had such a system been in place before this mess began, we’d still be in the same situation.
Welcome to the Theocratic States of America, where all godless judges and police departments (and laws) which interfere with the will of God (as interpreted by the federal prophets and various divinely inspired governors) will be cast asunder.
Possibly he wants to simply remove anyone and any institution that stands in the way of total and absolute power for his cronies and himself.
He and his buddies don’t care that “the vast majority of Americans feel that the President and the Congress overstepped their authority in this. Just like the courts have ruled.”
Given his own past, maybe he wants to be able to do whatever the hell he wants (pull the plug, cheat in elections, break fund raising laws), while judging everyone else to an entirely different standard.
Or, his ass is in so much shit over his own crooked dealings, that he will grab at any straw to divert attention away from himself and the ethics investigations.
No matter which of the above it is, I would gladly (if I could, and given what I read above as an intent to “delete” our Constitution because it displeases him) declare him a traitor and an enemy of the state the second he tried to act.
Ring. RIng. Hello Pot? Kettle calling. So who will keep the arrogant and out of control DeLay under control?
The judiciary is not supposed to be accountable to Congress. It is supposed to at least in theory, be above political considerations and beholdens, which is what Congress revolves around. It would totally destroy the whole three way balance of power, putting it all in the hands of ideologues and attention whores.
When I first heard that, it made me wonder exactly who Delay has in mind that is supposed to control the judiciary.
I heard someone else (Randall Terry?) say that “simple math” tells you that our system of checks and balances didn’t work. (Two branches of our government are stronger than any one branch of our government.)
Randall Terry is a nut case (re his supposed plans to use nonexistent future technology as justification to keep brain dead people around against their wishes). This is a case of one grasping scumbag media whore (Terry) swearing to a lie told by another grasping scumbag media whore (DeLay).
Tom DeLay feeling moral outrage at anything or anyone is extremely hypocritical. As most Dopers probably know, DeLay was a “dyed-in-the-wool” draft-dodger during the Vietnam War. The following paragraph is from the Slate. Yes, I know it has an anti-conservative point of view but Mr DeLay’s avoidance of the war is well-known. This story is from the 1988 Republican Convention.
He and Quayle, DeLay explained to the assembled media in New Orleans, were victims of an unusual phenomenon back in the days of the undeclared Southeast Asian war. So many minority youths had volunteered for the well-paying military positions to escape poverty and the ghetto that there was literally no room for patriotic folks like himself. Satisfied with the pronouncement, which dumbfounded more than a few of his listeners who had lived the sixties, DeLay marched off to the convention.
Yeah Tom, you find life so “sacred” that you are willing to let someone else do the fighting (and possibly the dying) just as long as your fat ass is protected.
I hope the ethics investigation digs up a lot of crap on that clown.
He reminds me of Spiro Agnew, taking the high moral ground, standing for law and order, etc. Let’s hope like Mr Agnew, Tom Delay will resign in disgrace too.