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Men in Black is a must-read (Rush Limbaugh)
Townhall.com ^ | February 11, 2005 | Rush Limbaugh

Posted on 02/11/2005 10:56:11 AM PST by The Great Yazoo

There is no vacancy on the Supreme Court, but the battle over the next nominee has already begun. Hollywood's favorite group, People for the American Way, is bragging about its new war room, equipped with dozens of computers and scores of staffers to conduct opposition research on President Bush's presumed nominees and network with grassroots organizations. Other liberal groups are conducting polling and raising funds for paid television advertising.

Conservatives must prepare for this fight, but in a way that is smarter and different from the past. The Left's approach will be to smear the candidate, whomever he or she may be. Senate Democrats will seize any sentence or phrase, uttered or written by a nominee, or something relatively minor in the person's background, which can be used to paint the nominee as extreme and unfit for confirmation. Typically, conservatives will respond by defending the nominee's honor and qualifications, with limited success. And let's face it. The mainstream media prefers reporting about the attacks rather than the defenses.

While individual nominees must be defended aggressively, conservatives must do more than simply react to the Left's tactics. They must raise the ante and use the occasion of a Supreme Court nomination to challenge the increasingly activist and unconstitutional role of the Court itself, and argue against the Left's use of the judiciary to advance an agenda that the elected branches refuse to support. Conservatives must explain to the American people that Senate Democrats want activist justices who will continue to impose their personal policy preferences on society by fiat, thereby disenfranchising them and undermining the entire notion of representative government. Conservatives must tap into the public's growing frustration with the Supreme Court's increasingly radical and elitist decisions in order to build popular opposition to it.

The best guide to this approach is a timely new book by Mark R. Levin - Men in Black, How the Supreme Court is Destroying America. In a scholarly yet readable prose, Levin makes the conservative case. He argues that the time is long overdue to strip the veneer from the façade of the Court. There have been only slightly over 100 justices in our history. They've not been imbued with more wisdom or better judgment than the rest of us. Most justices have been honorable and some have been brilliant. But certain justices have also been senile, racist, and crooked. And activist Supreme Courts have given their imprimatur to such appalling injustices as slavery, segregation, and the internment of 110,000 Japanese Americans. In this context, Levin points out, it is difficult to defend the concession of power and moral superiority by the representative branches to the Court.

Levin showcases the justices' policymaking adventures with a litany of decisions wholly divorced from the Constitution. For example, the Court has ruled that cyberspace child pornography is protected free speech, but certain broadcast advertisements run prior to an election are not. Nazis marching in a predominantly Jewish neighborhood is sanctioned by the First Amendment, but not demonstrations in front of abortion clinics.

The Court has decided that non-citizens have a right to compete for civil servant jobs, be members of the bar, and receive state benefits regardless of residency requirements. And illegal immigrants have a constitutional right to public education.

The justices recently conferred due process rights on al-Qaeda and Taliban detainees, granting them access to courts, lawyers, and presumably classified information. They've held that diversity in a classroom is mandated by the Constitution. And the Court has removed virtually all religious symbols from public places.

Most recently, Levin writes, 5 current activist justices have announced that, when they see fit, they'll use foreign law and foreign court rulings as guideposts to making their decisions, a repudiation of the constitution's mandates and limitations, and rejection of popular sovereignty.

When the inevitable vacancy opens on the Supreme Court, conservatives would do well to not only defend individual nominees, but argue against government by judicial decree. And all Americans would do well to read Levin's book.

Rush Limbaugh is a nationally syndicated radio talk show host (and wrote the Introduction to Men in Black).


TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: areyoualibsir; benchlegislation; bookreview; constitutionallaw; doctorlevin; getoffmyphone; greatamericans; judicialabuse; marklevin; meninblack; rush; rushlimbaugh; scotus; thegreatone

1 posted on 02/11/2005 10:56:12 AM PST by The Great Yazoo
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To: The Great Yazoo
People for the American Way, is bragging about its new war room, equipped with dozens of computers and scores of staffers to conduct opposition research on President Bush's presumed nominees and network with grassroots organizations.

Harry Reid should tell them to knock it off.

2 posted on 02/11/2005 10:59:49 AM PST by VisualizeSmallerGovernment (Question Liberal Authority)
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To: The Great Yazoo

Mark Levin is great.


3 posted on 02/11/2005 11:00:05 AM PST by samtheman
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To: The Great Yazoo
Hollywood's favorite group, People for the American Way, is bragging about its new war room, equipped with dozens of computers and scores of staffers to conduct opposition research on President Bush's presumed nominees and network with grassroots organizations.

Grassroots???? LOL, it's a handful of liberals backed up by a couple of liberal fat cats.

4 posted on 02/11/2005 11:03:00 AM PST by Always Right
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To: The Great Yazoo

I bet you are Mark Levin. ;>


5 posted on 02/11/2005 11:20:55 AM PST by Babsig ("And things that should not have been forgotten, were lost." -LOTR)
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To: The Great Yazoo

People for the American Way


Lots of info on this group:
http://www.capitalresearch.org/search/orgdisplay.asp?Org=PAW100#bg


6 posted on 02/11/2005 11:48:19 AM PST by Maria S (Don't let your worries get the best of you. Moses started out as a basket case.)
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The best guide to this approach is a timely new book by Mark R. Levin - Men in Black, How the Supreme Court is Destroying America
 

When the inevitable vacancy opens on the Supreme Court, conservatives would do well to not only defend individual nominees, but argue against government by judicial decree.   And all Americans would do well to read Levin's book.

Rush Limbaugh is a nationally syndicated radio talk show host (and wrote the Introduction to Men in Black).


7 posted on 02/11/2005 11:10:58 PM PST by Coleus (Oppose Amnesty for Illegal Aliens http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-backroom/1335643/posts)
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To: Babsig
I bet you are Mark Levin. ;>

Are you a lib sir?

8 posted on 02/12/2005 2:40:40 PM PST by presidio9 (We're Americans. We've been kicking ass for 200 years. We're ten and one.)
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To: The Great Yazoo

Is Mark Levin available in Florida on the radio?


9 posted on 02/12/2005 2:58:33 PM PST by presidio9 (We're Americans. We've been kicking ass for 200 years. We're ten and one.)
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To: The Great Yazoo; oldglory; MinuteGal; JulieRNR21; mcmuffin; gonzo
"..all Americans would do well to read Levin's book."

Ditto that!!! bttt

10 posted on 02/12/2005 5:25:30 PM PST by Matchett-PI (Today's DemocRATS are either religious moral relativists, libertines or anarchists.)
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To: presidio9
I am not sure what you mean by a "lib"? but if you mean a liberal, hahah, not even close. What I meant in my post was the question is the freeper "The Great Yazoo" actually Mr. Levin. Meaning, he was posting an article about himself. I have read that he is a freeper and on some post this past week, ppl were trying to guess his freeper name. They call Mr. Levin "The Great One", so I made an educated guess by a question to The Great Yazoo. I thought it might be quite comical that he might post an article about himself.
11 posted on 02/12/2005 6:09:25 PM PST by Babsig ("And things that should not have been forgotten, were lost." -LOTR)
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To: Babsig

Is Levin able to be nominated for the Supreme Court? I think he would make a truly fine supreme justice!


12 posted on 02/12/2005 10:22:35 PM PST by princess leah (\)
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To: Babsig

"Are you a lib sir" is one of Mark's taglines, aong with "GET OFF MY PHONE!!!"


13 posted on 02/14/2005 4:43:17 AM PST by presidio9 (We're Americans. We've been kicking ass for 200 years. We're ten and one.)
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To: The Great Yazoo

Great post. Thanks.

"Most recently, Levin writes, 5 current activist justices have announced that, when they see fit, they'll use foreign law and foreign court rulings as guideposts to making their decisions, a repudiation of the constitution's mandates and limitations, and rejection of popular sovereignty."

Many of the laws legislated from the bench of America's robed mullahs, are foreign to rational thinking people. We need checks and balances on checks and balances.

Text of Scalia-Breyer debate here.

http://domino.american.edu/AU/media/mediarel.nsf/1D265343BDC2189785256B810071F238/1F2F7DC4757FD01E85256F890068E6E0?OpenDocument


14 posted on 02/14/2005 5:00:43 AM PST by PGalt
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To: The Great Yazoo

Mark Levin (The Great One) bump!


15 posted on 02/14/2005 5:07:04 AM PST by demkicker (I'm Ra th er sick of Dan)
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To: Babsig

What caused you to question whether I am Mark Levin?


16 posted on 02/14/2005 6:39:06 AM PST by The Great Yazoo (Why do penumbras not emanate from the Tenth Amendment as promiscuously as they do from the First?)
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To: demkicker

I went to see Mark and Sean at the Huntington Book Revue on Saturday night. Both were great and it was so well attended the crowd packed the store and went around the block. Great people, great book, great Americans!


17 posted on 02/14/2005 6:53:05 AM PST by John_Galt518 (Get off my phone you big dope! - Mark Levin (aka the Great One))
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To: The Great Yazoo
An educated guess. "The Great One" "The Great Yazoo" I found it humorous the thought of Mr. Levin posting an article about himself on FR. I meant no harm to anyone.
18 posted on 02/14/2005 10:26:52 AM PST by Babsig ("And things that should not have been forgotten, were lost." -LOTR)
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To: Babsig
Levin's Freeper name is holdonnow.
19 posted on 02/14/2005 10:29:21 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: dead
Ok, my bad. I am aware of this now. I checked it out. you are correct. Thank you for your clarification
20 posted on 02/14/2005 10:53:22 AM PST by Babsig ("And things that should not have been forgotten, were lost." -LOTR)
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To: The Great Yazoo

I am not Mark Levin (not that there was any dispute; I just wanted to clear things up that might never become an issue in advance, or something like that.)


21 posted on 02/14/2005 10:58:17 AM PST by Puddleglum (Thank God the Boston blowhard lost)
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To: Babsig

Actually, I was hoping that the cause of your suspicions was my consistently perspicacious posts on Free Republic!


22 posted on 02/14/2005 11:13:14 AM PST by The Great Yazoo (Why do penumbras not emanate from the Tenth Amendment as promiscuously as they do from the First?)
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To: The Great Yazoo

Yes, true and your home page had me thinking but being from FL threw me off.


23 posted on 02/14/2005 11:17:35 AM PST by Babsig ("And things that should not have been forgotten, were lost." -LOTR)
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