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Conservatives Split on Gingrich's Courts Plan
FOX News ^ | Dec 19, 2011 | By Shannon Bream

Posted on 12/19/2011 9:54:13 PM PST by Jim Robinson

For nearly a decade, 2012 contender Newt Gingrich has been floating some controversial ideas aimed at reining in the federal judiciary. He's called that branch of government "grotesquely dictatorial" and elitist. Should he become president, Gingrich says he'll ignore Supreme Court decisions if they don't square with his interpretation of the Constitution or what he believes the country's founders intended.

Gingrich says federal judges should be called before Congress to explain their decisions, suggesting Sunday that he'd even approve of arresting them if they refused to show up. It's an issue raised Thursday in Fox News' GOP debate in Iowa, with Gingrich responding, "I would be prepared to take on the judiciary if, in fact, it did not restrict itself in what it was doing."

Former Pennsylvania Rep. Bob Walker, a Gingrich supporter, says the proposals are spot on.

"What he's suggesting is a very, very important change in the direction of how we deal with the courts acting more like legislatures than like courts," Walker said. He adds that it's time to "rebalance" the system. For Gingrich, in some cases, that would mean abolishing certain courts altogether.

There are plenty of critics taking aim at Gingrich, including those who say he's misread the Constitution and Federalist Papers. Roger Pilon, vice president of legal affairs for the CATO Institute, says Gingrich is challenging the very system established at our nation's origins.

"If you're going to attack it, you're really attacking the (Constitution's) framers," he said.

Others who agree with Gingrich that the federal judiciary has often overstepped its bounds say the solutions he's proposing are unworkable.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: activistjudges; activistjudiciary; elections; gingrich; judiciary; newt
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We've all known on FR for a very long time that the liberal activist judiciary is a large part of the problem. What the liberals can't get done legislatively, they simply get the activist courts to do for them. Roe vs Wade for example.

I give credit to Gingrich for recognizing that they must be reined in. The dunderhead Romney sure as hell won't. He blames the judges in Massachusetts for gay marriage on his watch but refuses to lift a finger to oppose them.

1 posted on 12/19/2011 9:54:15 PM PST by Jim Robinson
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To: Jim Robinson

Someone sometime has to rein in the Black-Robed Priests.

And it looks like Newt is the only one with the guts to do it.


2 posted on 12/19/2011 9:58:03 PM PST by Old Sarge (RIP FReeper Skyraider (1930-2011) - You Are Missed)
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To: Jim Robinson

I really wish we were talking about massive tax reform instead.


3 posted on 12/19/2011 9:58:12 PM PST by fightinJAG (So many seem to have lost their sense of smell . . .)
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To: fightinJAG

Analysis: Gingrich tax plan starves government, say economists

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2822683/posts


4 posted on 12/19/2011 10:05:40 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is brewing!! Impeach the corrupt Marxist bastard!!)
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To: Jim Robinson
The real enemy is OBAMA, & no more circular firing squads.

5 posted on 12/19/2011 10:05:54 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (I can take tomorrow, spend it all today. Who can take your income, tax it all away. Obama Man can. :)
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To: fightinJAG

Start with taking down all the activist judges and you are on the road to massive tax reform.


6 posted on 12/19/2011 10:06:45 PM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life is tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Constitution’s there for a reason. Call me a traitor, but I think the first obligation of the president is to uphold the constitution.

I think Newt’s plan is the worst thing that could happen. Better to do nothing than to tear down what has been built.

The constitutional way is to appoint justices who will uphold the constitution in their rulings. If the republicans had done that instead of nominating Souter and O’Connor, it would be a much different picture today.


7 posted on 12/19/2011 10:09:58 PM PST by BenKenobi (Honkeys for Herman! 10 percent is enough for God; 9 percent is enough for government)
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To: Old Sarge

Looks like a shot across the bow.


8 posted on 12/19/2011 10:10:02 PM PST by Balata (It's 'WE THE PEOPLE' Obama, not 'WE THE SHEEPLE'!)
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To: Jim Robinson

I agree: better to have the courts disempowered and fight things out in legislatures.


9 posted on 12/19/2011 10:12:32 PM PST by DNA.2012
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To: Jim Robinson
Conservatives split?My arse.Just remember, people who are liars/lawyers are liars/lawyers first and foremost and they stick with their own regardless of conservative or liberal.No lawyer likes to hear anyone say anything about taking a chunk out of the judiciary which is their bread and butter.Talk about an old boy network.
10 posted on 12/19/2011 10:12:52 PM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life is tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: BenKenobi
the first obligation of the president is to uphold the constitution

Refusing to acquiese to court decisions which betray the Constitution is upholding the Constitution.

11 posted on 12/19/2011 10:15:40 PM PST by DNA.2012
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To: skinkinthegrass

“The real enemy is OBAMA, & no more circular firing squads.”

I agree Obama is the enemy. So why are conservatives even entering into a conversation that could help him justify ignoring a SCOTUS decision against Obamacare? That seems shortsighted and foolish.


12 posted on 12/19/2011 10:16:05 PM PST by COgamer
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To: Jim Robinson; TitansAFC
Former Pennsylvania Rep. Bob Walker, a Gingrich supporter, says the proposals are spot on.

Bob Walker, a name from the past whom I always liked admired! Very happy to learn he is supporting Newt Gingrich!

We know that Gingrich is right and that his detractors aren't presenting his position on the Courts accurately. After all, most of them are lawyers....lol.

Read and learn: www.newt.org/ = PDF FILE

13 posted on 12/19/2011 10:16:19 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: Jim Robinson
...suggesting Sunday that he'd even approve of arresting them if they refused to show up.

The president wouldn't have much say about it if Congress issued an arrest warrant for contempt for failure to appear for a Congressional subpoena. The president could approve in one hand and disapprove in the other and see which one filled up first.

Regime change in the courts. Impeach activist judges!

14 posted on 12/19/2011 10:17:35 PM PST by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Congress can dissolve any court it chooses at any time save the SCOTUS. The President has no such power. Gingrich should have acted when he was Speaker.


15 posted on 12/19/2011 10:19:47 PM PST by Hoodat (Because they do not change, Therefore they do not fear God. -Psalm 55:19-)
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To: Hoodat

Yup.

http://www.newt.org/sites/newt.org/files/Courts.pdf


16 posted on 12/19/2011 10:22:10 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is brewing!! Impeach the corrupt Marxist bastard!!)
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To: Jim Robinson

Well, the news tonight about the Tea Party vote - with 23,000 on a conference call - voted for Newt - 30%, Bachmann 28% and Romney 20%...would seem to refute FOX’s claim.

So it doesn’t sound like these people - a conservative block - are worried about Newt’s stance on the courts. Unlike BOR and others, conservatives know very well what the courts have become - another arm of government for the Socialists.

How many times, in state after state, have people voted in issues the opposite way in which the Socialists wanted, so they send it to one of their courts and the peoples votes are tossed out?


17 posted on 12/19/2011 10:22:52 PM PST by maine-iac7 (A prudent man foreseeth the evil,... but the simple pass on, and are punished. Prov 23:3 KJV)
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To: Hoodat

And I believe a President Gingrich would carry it through. Doubtful Clinton would have.


18 posted on 12/19/2011 10:24:32 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is brewing!! Impeach the corrupt Marxist bastard!!)
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To: BenKenobi
I think Newt’s plan is the worst thing that could happen. Better to do nothing than to tear down what has been built

The Constitution did not call for or provide for ACTIVIST judges. You do know the difference, don't you?

19 posted on 12/19/2011 10:25:37 PM PST by maine-iac7 (A prudent man foreseeth the evil,... but the simple pass on, and are punished. Prov 23:3 KJV)
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To: BenKenobi

15 Federal Judges have been impeached since 1789.

Newt would simply refuse to enforce unconstitutional judicial fiats.

It would be up to the legislative branch to impeach him, or the judge who overstepped their bounds.

It’s nothing new.


20 posted on 12/19/2011 10:25:44 PM PST by rwilson99 (Please tell me how the words "shall not perish and have everlasting life" would NOT apply to Mary.)
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To: maine-iac7

Yup. They definitely need reining in. Don’t look to Mitt to do so.


21 posted on 12/19/2011 10:26:05 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is brewing!! Impeach the corrupt Marxist bastard!!)
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To: Old Sarge

All this is true. Unfortunately, the masses that go to the polls are influenced by headlines and propaganda hit pieces. Despite misgivings on a liberal judiciary, the masses still look to an independent judiciary and explains why it has a higher popularity than the other two branches of government. If and when the tables are reversed and there is a Democratic president and Democratic Congress who then try to get rid of conservative strict constructionist judges the outcome would be scary.

Gingrich would have gotten just as much mileage if in his usual professorial manner he had picked out a couple of outrageous decisions and made the case why a second term Obama would be disastrous for the nation.

He could also have insisted that he would insist on Congress carving out exceptions to what cases may be taken on appeal to the federal courts. Art II of the Constitution allows for this.

The vast swath of independent voters in certain battleground states like Ohio, VA, and New Hampshire (all winnable against Obama) will not take lightly to the notion of hauling judges replete with subpoenas and warrants to testify before Congress. Now, that may not be what Newt said or meant but you can bet that’s what the barrage of attack ads will portray.

Indeed, I expect Newt to issue some clarification statement in the next couple of days when his internal polling will show that these statements are beginning to drag him down. People respond to specifics not the abstract institution. Newt is smart. he needs to highlight some truly atrocious decisions like civilian trials for non-citizen GITMO detainees according to the UCMJ, pledge of allegiance; removal of Christmas creches and 10 commandments, moment of silent prayer in public schools, forcing religious charities to accept gay adoptions, etc. This is what voters relate to, not a broad brush attack


22 posted on 12/19/2011 10:28:22 PM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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To: maine-iac7

Nor does it call for the imperial presidency. Checks and balances from Montesqieu.

If this were Obama saying it we’d be in arms, but it’s ok for Newt? I don’t think so.


23 posted on 12/19/2011 10:29:29 PM PST by BenKenobi (Honkeys for Herman! 10 percent is enough for God; 9 percent is enough for government)
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To: Hoodat

A Republican president could provide a good deal of support and guidance to a Republican Congress on reigning in an activist judiciary even if he can’t be directly involved. Especially if he has a good deal of Congressional experience.


24 posted on 12/19/2011 10:29:46 PM PST by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: Jim Robinson
IMHO, the judiciary has taken away the power that the Founding Father intended for the AMERICAN PEOPLE have.

The Founding Fathers gave us the Bill of Rights to protect us from the government. What did we do? We went to the government and asked THE GOVERNMENT to tell US the meaning of each one of those amendments. WE should be telling them, including the judiciary, what each amendment means. Those rights belong to us.

25 posted on 12/19/2011 10:30:43 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Stop BIG Government Greed Now!!!!)
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To: rwilson99

Not by the presidency.

This is a decision that only the legislature can decide, whether to remove a justice.

“Newt would simply refuse to enforce unconstitutional judicial fiats.”

How is this any different from Obama refusing to enforce immigration laws? If we are arguing that the first duty of the presidency is to uphold the constitution, that means that they have to work within the constitutional framework. They simply can’t ignore rulings they do not like.


26 posted on 12/19/2011 10:35:44 PM PST by BenKenobi (Honkeys for Herman! 10 percent is enough for God; 9 percent is enough for government)
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To: Jim Robinson

Newt can and will ride this horse to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue! GO NEWT! Git’er done!


27 posted on 12/19/2011 10:36:43 PM PST by matthew fuller (Hey Buckwheat- What the Hell are we paying you for?...(GO LEROY!))
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To: Steelfish

Newt is a terrible standard bearer because he has difficulty controlling what he says. He’s basically handed Obama a carte blanche.

Bravo Newt. Thank goodness you’re running for presidency so we can’t have a real conservative who believes in strict constructionisms instead of ‘stroke of the pen, law of the land”.


28 posted on 12/19/2011 10:38:06 PM PST by BenKenobi (Honkeys for Herman! 10 percent is enough for God; 9 percent is enough for government)
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To: Jim Robinson
All federal courts are the construct of Congress. In fact the makeup of the US Supreme Court is a construct of the federal legislature.

Article III

Sec. 1

The judicial power of the United States, shall be vested in one supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish.
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". . .vested in one supreme Court . . . . as the Congress may . . . establish."

The Newt is asking for a mandate to reign in the courts from legislating from the bench. When he's elected he will have the mandate.

Sounds like a strong Conservative principle.

yitbos

29 posted on 12/19/2011 10:38:29 PM PST by bruinbirdman ("Those who control language control minds." -- Ayn Rand)
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To: DNA.2012

That’s not a decision the president gets to make.


30 posted on 12/19/2011 10:39:41 PM PST by BenKenobi (Honkeys for Herman! 10 percent is enough for God; 9 percent is enough for government)
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To: Steelfish
"The vast swath of independent voters in certain battleground states like Ohio, VA, and New Hampshire (all winnable against Obama) will not take lightly to the notion "

The vast swath of all Americans agree with Conservative principles.

Now, if you ask them about individual anecdotal hypotheticals . . . .

But this is about a principle.

yitbosyitbos

31 posted on 12/19/2011 10:43:43 PM PST by bruinbirdman ("Those who control language control minds." -- Ayn Rand)
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To: Steelfish

His temporary drop in some polls are directly related to the attack ads and the media barrage against him leadingup to the Iowa caucus.

The is a winning issue for him. He’s already articulated two specific cases which he will pound home.

The Texas judge who prevented the words “prayer, benedition, amen,” and even standing, and the 9th Circus that ruled against “one nation under God” in the pledge of allegiance.

He also noted the two CA cases, Mt Soledad’s historic cross and another in the Mojave desert.

These cases hit home with voters.

Gingrich will be fine on this issue.

Lawyers are pitching hissy fits. (Of course).


32 posted on 12/19/2011 10:49:27 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: bruinbirdman

BUMP.

:)


33 posted on 12/19/2011 10:50:19 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: Jim Robinson
"...Gingrich says he'll ignore Supreme Court decisions if they don't square with his interpretation of the Constitution or what he believes the country's founders intended."

When did he say these exact words?

34 posted on 12/19/2011 10:51:54 PM PST by moehoward
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To: moehoward

Probably never.


35 posted on 12/19/2011 10:55:28 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is brewing!! Impeach the corrupt Marxist bastard!!)
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To: Jim Robinson

That’s what I’m thinking. I used to think Bream had some credibility.

Newt must have PO’d all the right people along the line.


36 posted on 12/19/2011 10:58:25 PM PST by moehoward
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To: Jim Robinson

nOOt is right.. and the lawyers HATE IT... they just hate it..
Next you know.... Newt would be advocating serious Tort Reform..

OH! thats right he already did.. they simple HATE that too..
He must be trying to STAMPEDE the lawyers.. the bovine milkers that they are..


37 posted on 12/19/2011 10:59:25 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: Jim Robinson
Roger Pilon, vice president of legal affairs for the CATO Institute, says Gingrich is challenging the very system established at our nation's origins.

Horse manure.
This guy is with the CATO Institute? Yikes.

The US Constitution offers a fairly sparse job description for the Supreme Court, especially compared to the other two branches. Most of the "power" the Supreme Court now has it took for itself along the way. Shame on those who let it happen, who let the courts embed themselves at the top of the government food chain to the point where, for example, a single scumbag in black can overrule millions of referendum or ballot initiative voters.

Gingrich simply wants to (finally!) bring the judiciary back to the coequal branch of government status it was supposed to have from the beginning. I'm pretty sure the framers never intended for the judiciary to legislate from the bench or govern by fiat.

Bravo for Newt. And to hell with the CATO Institute if they can't do better than Roger Pilon. Apparently even a layman like me knows more about the Constitution than he does.

38 posted on 12/19/2011 11:04:57 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: rwilson99
15 Federal Judges have been impeached since 1789.

Out of probably 1500 who should have been impeached.
Wow. Only 15 impeached in 222 years? That's a cowardly disgrace.

39 posted on 12/19/2011 11:11:50 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: BenKenobi
Not by the presidency. This is a decision that only the legislature can decide, whether to remove a justice.

That is what Newt is saying so what is the problem?

40 posted on 12/19/2011 11:24:45 PM PST by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: Lancey Howard; hosepipe; bruinbirdman

BenKenobi.

Fears to use the force he does.


41 posted on 12/19/2011 11:25:09 PM PST by ngat
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To: Steelfish
Indeed, I expect Newt to issue some clarification statement in the next couple of days when his internal polling will show that these statements are beginning to drag him down.

It seems to me the people of Iowa unseated three justices a couple of years ago because of their ruling legalizing same-sex marriage.

Conservatives have used "activist judges" as a battle cry for a long time. In Iowa, if this issue resonances with the voters you'll see it in the up coming state primaries as well.

42 posted on 12/19/2011 11:27:05 PM PST by Balata (It's 'WE THE PEOPLE' Obama, not 'WE THE SHEEPLE'!)
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To: Old Sarge

Uh huh. And if Gingrich can take over the Judiciary as President, how do you feel
about the next Democratic President doing the same thing after Gingrich’s term is over?


43 posted on 12/19/2011 11:41:31 PM PST by cydcharisse (`)
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To: ngat

[ Fears to use the force he does. ]

You mean IRS audits or cutting of brake lines?..


44 posted on 12/19/2011 11:45:23 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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"If you're going to attack it, you're really attacking the (Constitution's) framers," he said

No matter how right Newt is on this issue, this could turn around and be his jump the shark moment. The libs could really make enough of an issue to cast a dark pall over the conservative party in general.
Yes many of their decisions are not very good, but most are relatively well thought out and correct. Right now Newt needs to get the libs and the cons to pay attention to defeating Obama! Then who ever gets in will most likely have the chance to appoint 2 and maybe 3 justices in his first term. The reverse is that Obama will be able to appoint those justices to the court if he is reelected. Changing the composition, duties, and powers of the separate branches of our government is much harder to do. Talking right now is just dumb.

Only a dictator can do that on a whim. Now I am sure Newt himself is not calling for dictatorial powers to be assigned to the president, so why even raise the issue now? Concentrate on Obama and defeating Obama! Constitutional changes can be proposed when our person gets in. Also, if our guy appoints the justices that he will get to during his term we will be able to get very ahead of the liberals.

For now Newt and all our potential candidates need to pay attention to defeating obama. We all need to pay attention to getting our guy in to PROTECT SCOTUS from putting two or three more liberal justices on the court. That is something that we can easily run on. Preventing Obama from stacking the deck against the average citizen in the short term

Focus folks, and Newt should not be playing in these suppositions until he has a presidential pulpit to muse from. Besides, if the electorate is the least reflection of the me members on FR, talking too much about SCOTUS may confuse them or put them to sleep.

Proposing working in the powers of a dictatorial president is way too far off track to win them over. Worse it may give the dems too much ammo to go after our candidates in the public and in the press.

Think about it, even if any of the other candidates is put on the spot about Newts statement do they defend themselves by showing the liberals just how they disagree with Newt? Then does Newt come back later and make an issue of how wrong they are? Friction needlessly started now about issues NO presidential candidate can affect in the sh0rt term anyway.

The dems are probably salivating with all the potential to take Newt and the others off message of defeating Obama and fracturing our party with it. As Clinton's advisors used to say... it's the economy stupid.

Our folks need to stay on that, as well as all the other failings of Obama too.
45 posted on 12/19/2011 11:50:58 PM PST by JSteff ((((It was ALL about SCOTUS. Most forget about that and HAVE DOOMED us for a generation or more.))))
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To: Jim Robinson
Here's a quicker solution. The feds are trying to thin the herds of ponies on the eastern shore of MD/VA.

Why not use the persuasion technique from a famous movie ("make them an offer they can't refuse") to bring these marxist judges back to the jobs originally intended by the framers...

Two problems solved...

46 posted on 12/20/2011 12:01:14 AM PST by SuperLuminal (Where is another agitator for republicanism like Sam Adams when we need him?)
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To: Jim Robinson
One Constitutional issue is not in dispute.

All spending bills originate in Congress.

Judges could be selectively de-funded.

Their salaries and their staffs could be eliminated.

Their chambers and courtrooms could be closed or leased out to new tenants.

47 posted on 12/20/2011 12:03:35 AM PST by zeestephen
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To: cydcharisse
And if Gingrich can take over the Judiciary as President, how do you feel about the next Democratic President doing the same thing after Gingrich’s term is over?

If Newt Gingrich restores America as it should be, we'll never have any more commie RATS in the White House again. American Exceptionalism comes back in the Happy Newt Year, starting January 2013!

Go Newt! Blast the commie RATS with a Newt-ron bomb!


48 posted on 12/20/2011 12:06:56 AM PST by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: Jim Robinson

IMHO...

America should be sticking to the Constitution, enforcing the law, using legal means to fix problems and taking care to not retreat from or even ignore activist judges but not overstepping the Constitution either.

Anti-American groups are aggressive so the response must be aggressive.

I am no fan of Congressional hearings because they are nothing more than populist grandstanding and the hallmark of the establishment at this point. The populace is so used to hearing crime and immorality of fantastic proportions that the most heinous revelations in a hearing are but a headline for a day or two. The absurdity of fast & furious is a recent example of this; it’s just beyond any semblance of legitimate government in the audacity of both the operation and the Executive branch’s response.

The Executive branch certainly does have tools in it’s toolbox to control the out-of-control judiciary that a moral, law-abiding administration could use to imbue those same traits in the Judicial branch from which they have receded.

The ranks of judges need to be cleaned up constantly using impeachment and every legal means possible.

To arrest judges simply for not showing up and testifying before a Congressional committee, IMHO, sets a precedent that could eventually be used for anarchy. If a judge is indicted for a crime, then of course arrest procedures should be followed as prescribed by law, but I don’t favor making a C-Span circus out of grilling judges.

We need to remember that the reverse can happen if a leftist President and Congress are elected; they could use the very same tactics to remove judges that are not activist enough for their tastes.

That’s why I think Federal judicial housecleaning should be continued on an ongoing basis in a methodical manner that does not overstep the Constitution and is truthfully justified and documented and done very transparently and according to law.

The real root of problems is groups that are very powerful and anti-American, have significant financial backing and have their influential fingers all throughout both parties; the mainstream big-money interests are happy to sell out moral principles and American citizens and put their support behind anti-American elements, to wit, the 2008 election.

We also need a simultaneous ongoing societal shift in America, a grassroots shift towards morality, to support fixes made to the government.


49 posted on 12/20/2011 12:19:48 AM PST by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves.)
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To: Jim Robinson
Romney imposed his fascist decisions himself.

"Governor Mitt Romney, who touts his conservative credentials to out-of-state Republicans,
has passed over GOP lawyers for three-quarters of the 36 judicial vacancies he has faced
,
instead tapping registered Democrats or independents -- including two gay lawyers who
have supported expanded same-sex rights, a Globe review of the nominations has found.
Of the 36 people Romney named to be judges or clerk magistrates, 23 are either registered Democrats
or unenrolled voters who have made multiple contributions to Democratic politicians
or who voted in Democratic primaries, state and local records show.
In all, he has nominated nine registered Republicans, 13 unenrolled voters,
and 14 registered Democrats."
- Boston Globe 7/25/2005


Romney Rewards one of the State's Leading Anti-Marriage Attorneys by Making him a Judge
Romney told the U.S. Senate on June 22, 2004, that the "real threat to the States is not the
constitutional amendment process, in which the states participate,
but activist judges who disregard the law and redefine marriage . . ."
Romney sounds tough but yet he had no qualms advancing the legal career of one
of the leading anti-marriage attorneys.
He nominated Stephen Abany to a District Court.
Abany has been a key player in the Massachusetts Lesbian and Gay Bar Association which,
in its own words, is "dedicated to ensuring that the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court decision
on marriage equality is upheld, and that any anti-gay amendment or legislation is defeated."
- U.S. Senate testimony by Gov. Mitt Romney, 6/22/2004 P>


"Romney announces he won't fill judicial vacancies before term ends
Despite his rhetoric about judicial activism, Romney announced that
he won't fill all the remaining vacancies during his term - but instead
leave them for his liberal Democrat successor!

Governor Mitt Romney pledged yesterday not to make a flurry of lame-duck
judicial appointments in the final days of his administration . . . David Yas,
editor of Lawyers Weekly, said Romney is "bucking tradition" by resisting the urge to
fill all remaining judgeships. "It is a tradition for governors to use that power to appoint judges
aggressively in the waning moments of their administration," Yas said.
He added that Romney has been criticized for failing to make judicial appointments.
"The legal community has consistently criticized him for not filling open seats quickly enough
and being a little too painstaking in the process and being dismissive of the input of the
Judicial Nominating Commission," Yas said.
- Boston Globe 11/2/2006


50 posted on 12/20/2011 3:42:01 AM PST by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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