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Gingrich Uses Judicial Reform as Magnet For Conservative Iowans
FOX News ^ | Dec 18, 2012 | AP

Posted on 12/18/2011 2:22:39 PM PST by Jim Robinson

Republican president hopeful Newt Gingrich doubled down on his criticism of federal judges and the Supreme Court on Sunday as chief rival Mitt Romney defended his record against likely Democratic attacks.

With close to two weeks before GOP voters start choosing their nominee, Gingrich is courting the conservative primary voters he will need to win in Iowa and sustain his campaign against Romney, whose superior organization and pile of cash has him seeming ever more confident as he looks ahead to the general election.

"There is steady encroachment of secularism through the courts to redefine America as a nonreligious country and the encroachment of the courts on the president's commander-in-chief powers, which is enormously dangerous," Gingrich said on CBS's Face the Nation.

Polls in Iowa and nationally show Gingrich ahead of Romney in the race for the GOP nomination. Gingrich has acknowledged that Romney's repeated attacks have taken a toll on his campaign and is looking to stay at the top.

To do that, Gingrich is focusing on ideology as he courts the Iowa conservatives he needs to win the caucuses and challenge Romney's well-organized campaign in what could become a drawn-out primary. He has mounted a broad attack on federal judges and the Supreme Court, arguing that they are legislating from the bench and have more control over the country than they should.

It's an argument that drew sustained applause during a debate last week in Sioux City, Iowa -- and one that could have particular resonance in a state where Republicans fought a protracted battle with state Supreme Court judges over gay marriage.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Iowa
KEYWORDS: elections; gingrich; homosexualagenda; judicialactivism; judiciary; newt; prolife; scotus
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1 posted on 12/18/2011 2:22:43 PM PST by Jim Robinson
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We’ve been complaining for years on FR that liberal activist judges are destroying our liberty and here we finally have a candidate with the balls to take them head-on. Go, Newt!!


2 posted on 12/18/2011 2:27:16 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is brewing!! Impeach the corrupt Marxist bastard!!)
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To: Jim Robinson

I wish Newt well with this issue. He’s still a scarily loose cannon. Damn those Democrats, trotting out those weird women to gun Cain down with their self delusions. (I believe Cain would have agreed with Newt on this one.)


3 posted on 12/18/2011 2:27:25 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: Jim Robinson
His confidence increasing, Romney has stepped away from his aggressive attacks on Gingrich in recent days, instead shifting his focus back to Obama -- and working to humanize himself on the campaign trail.

How in the he!! is Romney going to focus on 0bama when he governed the same way as him?

"I'm everything 0bama is, but vote for me because I am a Republican"?

Romney can not beat 0bama!

4 posted on 12/18/2011 2:27:52 PM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: Jim Robinson

January 2013 will be a Happy Newt Year for patriotic Americans. Go Gingrich! Nuke the commies with a Newt-ron bomb!


5 posted on 12/18/2011 2:29:30 PM PST by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: Jim Robinson
Newt Lectures Megyn Kelly On Constitutional History
6 posted on 12/18/2011 2:32:56 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper (http://tinyurl.com/boj2xhv)
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To: Jim Robinson

“We’ve been complaining for years on FR that liberal activist judges are destroying our liberty and here we finally have a candidate with the balls to take them head-on. Go, Newt!!”

Right on Jim. Also the balls to take on the Alinsky in the oval office and call him out on it. GO NEWT!


7 posted on 12/18/2011 2:33:50 PM PST by Parley Baer
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To: Jim Robinson

Bachmann was on Meet the Press this morning and totally failed the judicial question.

It was hard to watch.


8 posted on 12/18/2011 2:37:15 PM PST by humblegunner (The kinder, gentler version...)
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To: Jim Robinson
We’ve been complaining for years on FR that liberal activist judges are destroying our liberty and here we finally have a candidate with the balls to take them head-on. Go, Newt!!

Newt knows the facts, the history and the Constitution and when he says that Lincoln told the Supreme Court to piss off over the Dred Scott decision {if you are snooping over here from DU, that's the one that said slavery is legal in all 57 states} he was correct and it shuts up the critics.

Who among the elite media will back the Dred Scott decision?

9 posted on 12/18/2011 2:38:29 PM PST by USS Alaska (Merry Christmas-Nuke The Terrorist Savages)
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To: Jim Robinson
The Romney Sleaze Machine is going all out ...

No more Rudy McRomney's!!


10 posted on 12/18/2011 2:38:35 PM PST by big'ol_freeper ("Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid" ~ Ronald Wilson Reagan)
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To: Jim Robinson

Imagine a President who can do something - WOULD do something - about activist judges besides waiting on one of the Supremes to retire. I mean really, IMAGINE IT.

Now we don’t have to. We know who that candidate might be. (and 3 months ago, I couldn’t imagine supporting him - but I do now).


11 posted on 12/18/2011 2:39:28 PM PST by C. Edmund Wright (Moderator of Florida Tea Party Convention Presidential Debate)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Maybe a cannon is what we need.


12 posted on 12/18/2011 2:39:28 PM PST by reasonisfaith (Or, more accurately---reason serves faith. See W.L. Craig, and many others.)
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To: reasonisfaith

A cannon is great. One that shoots in unpredictable directions isn’t so great.


13 posted on 12/18/2011 2:41:32 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Megyn Kelly is a TWIT!


14 posted on 12/18/2011 2:42:03 PM PST by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: EGPWS

It is true, that given the faux liberal and the genuine one, usually the vote will go to the bona fide liberal.


15 posted on 12/18/2011 2:43:03 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: Jim Robinson
We’ve been complaining for years on FR that liberal activist judges are destroying our liberty and here we finally have a candidate with the balls to take them head-on. Go, Newt!!

Absolutely great post and what Newt said was not harebrained but reasonable and sensible.

16 posted on 12/18/2011 2:45:34 PM PST by jazusamo (The real minimum wage is zero: Thomas Sowell)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

This cannon is shooting at socialism.


17 posted on 12/18/2011 2:45:34 PM PST by reasonisfaith (Or, more accurately---reason serves faith. See W.L. Craig, and many others.)
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To: reasonisfaith

Hoping that when socialism surrenders, Newt won’t then promptly invite it to tea and crumpets.


18 posted on 12/18/2011 2:47:04 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: Jim Robinson

You gotta remember they recently impeached judges in Iowa. Crazy like a fox...


19 posted on 12/18/2011 2:47:22 PM PST by ez (When you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

You mean a tea party?


20 posted on 12/18/2011 2:52:06 PM PST by reasonisfaith (Or, more accurately---reason serves faith. See W.L. Craig, and many others.)
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To: reasonisfaith

An actual tea party would involve drowning the socialists in the tea.


21 posted on 12/18/2011 2:55:26 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: Ann Archy
Megyn Kelly is a TWIT!

My sentiments exactly..

22 posted on 12/18/2011 2:57:37 PM PST by Michael Barnes (Obamaa+ Downgrade)
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To: Jim Robinson; All

I have long felt it was time to challenge the Judiciary head on.

I’m tired of judges creating new rights that didn’t constitutionally exist or suppressing those that do. What many call “Rule of Law” is actually the “Rule of Lawyers.” I don’t have to be an attorney to understand plain English.

When the Supreme Court, or lower ones, leave the original intent of the constitution or ammendments to it, they have exceeded their constitutional authority. Mechanisms need to exist to stop rulings by the courts that exceed or defy original intent.


23 posted on 12/18/2011 3:01:54 PM PST by Sola Veritas (Trying to speak truth - not always with the best grammar or spelling)
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To: Jim Robinson

Our whole legal system is not up to snuff. You can’t run a 21st century nation with a 17th century legal system.

We have a country where we can design and build an airliner with a million pieces in 5 years but a simple legal question can take 10 years to decide.

It isn’t working.


24 posted on 12/18/2011 3:05:50 PM PST by DManA
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To: ez

IIRC, the IA judges are regularly up for retention votes. If so, the people booted those judges in 2010 via the ballot box, not through impeachment.

Still, the same result, which should prove to be fertile ground for Newt. For 50 years we’ve needed a President to signal Congress that he would support an overhaul of the lower court system. Newt is it.


25 posted on 12/18/2011 3:07:59 PM PST by Jacquerie (No court will save us from ourselves.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Speaker Gingrich really does GET this.

He truly understands the most critical problems (including the number of really sick puppies in the courts) from spiritual, historical and political perspectives.

With a all of us spending more time on our knees, and with a Republican sweep in the House and Senate, we could see some authentically GOOD reform.


27 posted on 12/18/2011 3:12:36 PM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: DManA

From Article III, “In all cases . . . and those in which a State shall be a party, the Supreme Court shall have original jurisdiction.”

Twenty-six States have challenged Obamacare. I do not know why their case did not immediately go to Scotus.

I am not aware of any other law in our history that was taken to court by a majority of the States. Our republic is very sick.


28 posted on 12/18/2011 3:14:08 PM PST by Jacquerie (No court will save us from ourselves.)
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To: Jim Robinson
Newt for our nomination and President
29 posted on 12/18/2011 3:14:56 PM PST by Logical me
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To: HiTech RedNeck

You might want to take the time to see what this pastor has to say about Newt. It coincides with something similar I recently read (wish I could remember where).

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2822096/posts


30 posted on 12/18/2011 3:22:08 PM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: Lady on the Lake

Hello, Megyn!!!! You, my dear, are NO lady.....nice try though.


31 posted on 12/18/2011 3:29:33 PM PST by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: humblegunner

Isn’t Bachmann a lawyer and a serious candidate?

How did she mess up? I didn’t see it.

Does she believe that judges have unlimited power under the Constitution - to make law instead of interpreting the laws established by Congress and signed by the President?

Critics are smirking that Newt is ‘shooting himself in the foot’. WRONG - Newt is emphasizing a pressing problem others only complain about.


32 posted on 12/18/2011 3:30:15 PM PST by sodpoodle ( Newt - God has tested him for a reason..)
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To: Michael Barnes; Lady on the Lake

Uh oh....Lady on the Lake (Megyn) is going to try to insult you like she thought she was doing to me!!


33 posted on 12/18/2011 3:31:52 PM PST by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: sodpoodle
Isn’t Bachmann a lawyer and a serious candidate?

That's what she says. At least twice that I've seen.

34 posted on 12/18/2011 3:33:36 PM PST by humblegunner (The kinder, gentler version...)
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To: Jacquerie

Listen to Mark Levin supporting judicial reform. Doesn’t agree with subpoenaing judges, but definitely agrees with reigning in the lower courts which are a creation of congress and although Gingrich is not necessarily his man, he agrees that judicial activism must be challenged:

http://www.therightscoop.com/mark-levin-calls-out-ann-coulter-for-unfairly-trashing-newt-gingrich/


35 posted on 12/18/2011 3:34:39 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is brewing!! Impeach the corrupt Marxist bastard!!)
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To: SumProVita

If the electorate were all committed evangelicals, most would give the nod on principle to Newt if he were the candidate.

But a viable candidate today also has to be Ratproof. This means not just doing things right, but positioned in life such that dirty tricks such as were played on Herman Cain would simply not be possible.


36 posted on 12/18/2011 3:37:26 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: sodpoodle

Bachman is a lawyer. But I lost a lot of respect for her with all her Newt-bashing after talking so glowingly about him in years past.

More importantly, though, it seems to me that if you have to whine at a debate “I am a SERIOUS CANDIDATE”......you probably aren’t.

Hank


37 posted on 12/18/2011 3:39:36 PM PST by County Agent Hank Kimball (Screw it. Newt's the smartest candidate and the guy I want to see debating Obummer. Flame away. Num)
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To: Ann Archy; Lady on the Lake
She’s no doubt a lot more sucessful than you, and better looking. She at least passed the bar, you TWAT.

My, my, what kind of language is that for a Lady?

I thought that slang version for vagina was right there with Runt?

Be nice laddies.

38 posted on 12/18/2011 3:39:41 PM PST by USS Alaska (Merry Christmas-Nuke The Terrorist Savages)
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39 posted on 12/18/2011 3:39:54 PM PST by Bobalu (even Jesus knew the poor would always be with us)
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To: USS Alaska

HEY!! I didn;t say a thing to her....she replied to me with that nasty slang. Lady???


40 posted on 12/18/2011 3:53:42 PM PST by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: SumProVita; HiTech RedNeck
In part he said, An understanding of the moral differences. It is no longer a case of “right vs. left” as some might say, thus suggesting these two positions are moral equivalents. They are not. It is not “right vs. left,” but “right vs. wrong.” Tearing up a baby in the womb is not merely “left.” It is wrong. It is sin. Destroying the definition of marriage is not merely “left.” It is wrong. It is sin. Stealing funds from future generations and spending it so that they will be closer to slavery than freedom is not merely “left.” It is wrong. It is sin. Although Mr. Gingrich is not running for “Theologian-in-Chief” but “Commander-in-Chief,” he grasps these issues. He understands the moral component.

A grasp of the threat posed by loss of religious liberty. Religious liberty is a locomotive on a set of tracks, heading full steam against another locomotive called the “radical gay agenda.” Religious liberty and the radical gay agenda cannot exist in the same nation at the same time. Leaders of both movements know this. One will win. One will lose. Soon. Very soon. Mr. Gingrich understands this, and knows what must happen to preserve religious liberty. His “awakening,” of sorts, was stimulated by two well-known 9th Circuit Court actions: the June 2002 removal of “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance (reversed by the Supreme Court), and the June 2004 Mojave Desert Cross ruling. Those were his proverbial “enough-is-enough” moments. He has not been the same since. He has written a profound paper on what a President Gingrich would do in the appointment of a Presidential Commission on Religious Liberty. Every Christian and Jew should read this paper and – allow me to be blunt here – ponder the consequences of not having Mr. Gingrich’s brilliance in the White House to defend this rapidly disappearing freedom.
41 posted on 12/18/2011 3:56:48 PM PST by onyx (PLEASE SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC:DONATE MONTHLY! Sarah's New Ping List - tell me if you want on it.)
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To: onyx
" ..... It is sin. .....

And there is the fault in a nutshell. Regardless of whether God exists or does not. Abortion is a crime against life.

42 posted on 12/18/2011 4:07:31 PM PST by j.argese (Newt ... the Nixon of our time ...)
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To: Jim Robinson
I listen to Markus Levinicus Magnus five nights/week and heard his dissension from what Newt said in that regard.

All that Presidential candidate Newt did was muse on what Congress could, theoretically, maybe do. Since he isn't running for Congress, I saw it as a bold signal he would support significant judicial reform from Congress. Imagine disestablishment of the Ninth Circus. Imagine a law removed from Scotus jurisdiction that recognizes life at conception. Imagine another law likewise removed from jurisdiction, that recognizes our natural, Ninth amendment right to contract for medical services without government interference. Newt imagined and achieved toppling the rats from House power in 1994. When he says he is ready to curb the courts, I believe him.

I can already hear every rat pol and the drivebys calling for his impeachment. Sweet.

43 posted on 12/18/2011 4:19:57 PM PST by Jacquerie (No court will save us from ourselves.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Newt is a globalist; he has progressive tendencies; he’s an inside member of the Washington Establishment– but, -—he’s the best choice.

What differentiates Gingrich from McCain, Bush, Romney, dole et al — is that Newt genuinely believes he’s always the smartest guy in the room. Therefore, he’s not going to defer to the global community or Washington Establishment– he’s going to lead it. He is going to dictate the terms. It simply is not in his character to avoid a controversy- he is not one of these weak spined “kick the can down the road types’– Newt is in your face- all or nothing.

So, though some have reservations about Newt’s commitment to conservatism; I have no such reservations under the current world circumstances. I am fully confident in placing my reliance on his ego. He’s going to want to be remembered as the President who restored America to greatest and righted the world teetering on Depression– Accordingly, in his first term, there is only going to be one plausible way to accomplish that goal— that’s full brakes on nanny state socialism, tax cuts, spending cuts, free markets, energy independence— (you all know the rest).

Newt will do that– because he wants to be great- and that’s the only road to greatness. Of this I have no doubt.


44 posted on 12/18/2011 4:26:31 PM PST by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: Jim Robinson; All

The center of the debate on conservatism rest on the courts. Whether we can tame big government in congress is not really a big issue in my mind to taming big government in the courts. So yes, absolutely yes, I agree with Newt on this!

Historically they are our biggest concern.


45 posted on 12/18/2011 4:33:22 PM PST by Rick_Michael ( 'REAL' Conservatives who witch hunt their own, are no better than Obama.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

“If the electorate were all committed evangelicals, most would give the nod on principle to Newt if he were the candidate.

But a viable candidate today also has to be Ratproof.”

Let’s add God into the equation, HiTech. With HIM all things are possible...and completely *ratproof!*

;-)


46 posted on 12/18/2011 4:40:24 PM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: Jim Robinson

And he knows how to do it and ‘they’ know he knows how to do it. Newt is ready to turn over the rotten apples cart.


47 posted on 12/18/2011 4:57:37 PM PST by presently no screen name
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To: onyx

I hear you, onyx. I have been looking for a candidate that spoke more to the moral component....in a comprehensive way.

I really think that Speaker Gingrich, a repentant sinner (like the rest of us) may be the person I was looking for...to begin the restoration of the nation in a manner pleasing to God ...and to our Founders.

Yes, he’s just a man...like all of us....and has flaws...like all of us. However, he also has some incredible gifts and talents that could be instrumental at this particular juncture of history.

Let’s continue to pray for this nation.
Let’s continue to pray for a spiritual turn-around for this nation.

;-)


48 posted on 12/18/2011 4:58:40 PM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: Bobalu

Is that your creation? Real good.


49 posted on 12/18/2011 5:10:43 PM PST by presently no screen name
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To: humblegunner

She failed while she was on the Huckster debate a couple weeks ago. She was asked about EPA issues and what would happen if one state went after another for pollution. She stated that she would use the courts to effect the remedy. In short, walk all over the tenth amendment to bring the states into line through the courts. So, she would use the courts to administer her view of EPA rulings...which is the most abusive agency in the world.


50 posted on 12/18/2011 5:18:15 PM PST by crz
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