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E.J. Dionne: Justice Scalia must resign
Washington (Com)Post ^ | 06/27/2012 | E.J. Dionne

Posted on 06/27/2012 11:48:03 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Justice Antonin Scalia needs to resign from the Supreme Court.

He’d have a lot of things to do. He’s a fine public speaker and teacher. He’d be a heck of a columnist and blogger. But he really seems to aspire to being a politician — and that’s the problem.

So often, Scalia has chosen to ignore the obligation of a Supreme Court justice to be, and appear to be, impartial. He’s turned “judicial restraint” into an oxymoronic phrase. But what he did this week, when the court announced its decision on the Arizona immigration law, should be the end of the line.

Not content with issuing a fiery written dissent, Scalia offered a bench statement questioning President Obama’s decision to allow some immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally as children to stay. Obama’s move had nothing to do with the case in question. Scalia just wanted you to know where he stood.

“After this case was argued and while it was under consideration, the secretary of homeland security announced a program exempting from immigration enforcement some 1.4 million illegal immigrants,” Scalia said. “The president has said that the new program is ‘the right thing to do’ in light of Congress’s failure to pass the administration’s proposed revision of the immigration laws. Perhaps it is, though Arizona may not think so. But to say, as the court does, that Arizona contradicts federal law by enforcing applications of federal immigration law that the president declines to enforce boggles the mind.”

What boggles the mind is that Scalia thought it proper to jump into this political argument. And when he went on to a broader denunciation of federal policies, he sounded just like an Arizona Senate candidate.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: justicescalia; mandatorybarfalert; mba; scotus
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1 posted on 06/27/2012 11:48:12 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

EJ Dionne needs to resign.


2 posted on 06/27/2012 11:49:54 AM PDT by txrangerette ("HOLD TO THE TRUTH...SPEAK WITHOUT FEAR." - Glenn Beck)
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To: SeekAndFind

E.J. Dionne, a man on a mission to prove that brainwaves are not necessary to write for the WaPo.


3 posted on 06/27/2012 11:50:21 AM PDT by FlipWilson
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To: SeekAndFind

Insert Italian Hand Gesture here.


4 posted on 06/27/2012 11:50:46 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: SeekAndFind

The SCOTUS should have Secret Service protection.


5 posted on 06/27/2012 11:51:22 AM PDT by TSgt (The only reason I have one in the chamber at all times, is because it is impossible to have two in.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Just one more reason why the ComPost is going down the crapper.


6 posted on 06/27/2012 11:52:03 AM PDT by tgusa (gun control: deep breath, sight alignment, squeeze the trigger .......)
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To: txrangerette

Send E.J. back to Canada where he can be among his own kind.


7 posted on 06/27/2012 11:52:10 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: SeekAndFind

What a left wing nit-wit. I don’t know who’s worse....Dionne or his twin brother Paul Krugman.


8 posted on 06/27/2012 11:52:25 AM PDT by AlphaOneAlpha
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To: SeekAndFind

All of them except Clarence Thomas and Anthony Kennedy vote according to party lines. Clarence Thomas is principled. Anthony Kennedy is unpredictable and seems confused at time. All the others are crooks who vote according to party lines and go by whatever is in vogue in their party.


9 posted on 06/27/2012 11:52:31 AM PDT by JimWayne
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To: SeekAndFind

It is so much fun watching the Left begin their mental breakdown. Soon, E.J. will be curled up in a corner sucking his thumb and wimpering, “George Bush did it”.


10 posted on 06/27/2012 11:52:48 AM PDT by Obadiah (2008: Hope & Change -- 2012: Fear & Destruction)
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To: SeekAndFind

What has Scalia done that every liberal justice since Thurgood Marshall hasn’t? They never seem to mind discussing their political philosophies (except during confirmation hearings, of course).


11 posted on 06/27/2012 11:54:22 AM PDT by Tallguy (It's all 'Fun and Games' until somebody loses an eye!)
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To: SeekAndFind

I guess he finds the “wise latina” more to his liking since she’s unbiased and apolitical./s


12 posted on 06/27/2012 11:55:09 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: SeekAndFind

Too bad for you he’s in a lifetime berth, huh? Hahahahaha!


13 posted on 06/27/2012 11:55:33 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (In honor of my late father, GunnerySgt/Commo Chief, USMC 1943-65)
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To: SeekAndFind

Scalia is partial towards the Constitution and liberty. Shame on him.


14 posted on 06/27/2012 11:56:43 AM PDT by pallis
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To: SeekAndFind

Hey, EJ, tell you what, you get enough votes together in congress to impeach the man, and then your opinion on the matter might have some weight.

Where was the outrage when Obama spoke directly down to and dissed the Supreme Court Justices in his State of the Union? Hmmmm? Did you call for Obama to resign?

Just like I thought, none and no.

More selective outrage for political purposes from a so-called “journalist,” which means your article actually does belong in the ComPost pile where it was written.

‘Nuff Said.

America at the Crossroads of History
http://www.jeffhead.com/crossroads.htm


15 posted on 06/27/2012 11:57:27 AM PDT by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free, never has been, never will be (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: SeekAndFind

Author is an idiot.

Application of current events to illustrate the problem with a decision is no more biased than using an historic illustration.

An illustration is simply an illustration.


16 posted on 06/27/2012 11:57:44 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Someone needs to inform this clown that Ruth Bader Ginsberg has done the same thing once (and sometimes twice) a year during her time on the Court.

With any luck she’ll do it again tomorrow after the Obamacare decision and leave E.J. with egg all over his face.


17 posted on 06/27/2012 11:57:56 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: massgopguy
Insert Italian Hand Gesture here.


18 posted on 06/27/2012 11:58:24 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: SeekAndFind

19 posted on 06/27/2012 11:58:37 AM PDT by Fido969
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To: SeekAndFind

And if the 0bamacare is upheld...

Will we not demand similar things up to and including impeachment of the court?


20 posted on 06/27/2012 12:00:43 PM PDT by EBH (Obama took away your American Dreams and replaced them with "Dreams from My (his) Father".)
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To: SeekAndFind

E.J. Dionne is an elbow.


21 posted on 06/27/2012 12:01:14 PM PDT by Hootowl
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To: SeekAndFind

As opposed to Ruth Buzzi Ginsberg?


22 posted on 06/27/2012 12:01:53 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: AlphaOneAlpha

Hmmm, interesting that both have an evil twin.


23 posted on 06/27/2012 12:02:14 PM PDT by Hootowl
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To: txrangerette
EJ Dionne needs to resign.

Took the words out of my mouth.

And if a dozen others from the Old Gray Lady's OpEd page resigned too, that would be an even bigger plus.

24 posted on 06/27/2012 12:03:25 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: SeekAndFind

EJ is not the brightest bulb. In this case, the majority said the federal government is responsible for enforcing the laws. In his descent, he specified where that argument fails..showing the federal government is ignoring the laws and not enforcing.


25 posted on 06/27/2012 12:04:06 PM PDT by ilgipper ( November cannot come soon enough)
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To: SeekAndFind

Liberalism, controlled by mocking and shame if you stray from its tight borders, is seen as normal by a whole generation of people. Why? Because they control the mass media.

I myself grew up thinking liberal = normal until I got some sense. I thought the NEWS was the truth.

Here, Scalia is defending freedom within sovereign borders and this WaPo idiot is defending — the liberals’ desire to trick more people into keeping them in power. Nothing more. That is what “immigration reform” is. They finally got through generations of family values to fool Latinos.


26 posted on 06/27/2012 12:04:06 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: SeekAndFind

Is there nothing these people won’t do to protect their corrupt president?


27 posted on 06/27/2012 12:05:23 PM PDT by jersey117
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To: SeekAndFind

“Not content with issuing a fiery written dissent, Scalia offered a bench statement questioning President Obama’s decision to allow some immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally as children to stay. Obama’s move had nothing to do with the case in question. Scalia just wanted you to know where he stood.”

Why shouldn’t he question Obama’s refusal to enforce immigration law particular on this case. Is it not the very essence of the case that if Arizona could fully enforce Federal immigration law that Obama’s refusal to enforce federal immigration law would become irrelevant?

I can’t think of anything more appropriate to bring up, as Obama’s actions are indeed at the very heart of the dispute for both sides.


28 posted on 06/27/2012 12:05:23 PM PDT by Monorprise
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To: massgopguy
Italian words to go along with hand gesture ...

Bah Fung Goo!

29 posted on 06/27/2012 12:05:23 PM PDT by OldNavyVet
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To: SeekAndFind

EJ Dionne and the rest of the messedupnbc “corpse” must give themselves a swirly in a post-chili-dog exodus toilet.


30 posted on 06/27/2012 12:06:08 PM PDT by RckyRaCoCo (I prefer liberty with danger to peace with slavery, IXNAY THE TSA!)
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To: SeekAndFind

I wonder what Dionne’s response would be if Scalia called on him to resign?


31 posted on 06/27/2012 12:07:15 PM PDT by Personal Responsibility (Behind enemy lines in the city where it's illegal to buy a Big Gulp)
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To: Tallguy
What has Scalia done that every liberal justice since Thurgood Marshall hasn’t? They never seem to mind discussing their political philosophies (except during confirmation hearings, of course).

Since Thurgood Marshall? I would at least go back as far as William O. Douglas.

32 posted on 06/27/2012 12:07:28 PM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Greed + Envy = Liberalism)
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To: txrangerette

EJ needs to return to singing “My Heart Will Go On” in Vegas
lounge acts.


33 posted on 06/27/2012 12:08:44 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: Cowboy Bob

Respectfully, you’re probably a little older than I.


34 posted on 06/27/2012 12:08:54 PM PDT by Tallguy (It's all 'Fun and Games' until somebody loses an eye!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Dionne ought get back on his meds.


35 posted on 06/27/2012 12:09:06 PM PDT by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: TSgt

Why so that they can become even more isolated from the people just like the president?

Frankly I think SCOTUS “judges” need to live with the edicts they issue, and as far as I know they already have marshal protection.


36 posted on 06/27/2012 12:09:12 PM PDT by Monorprise
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To: SeekAndFind

This is the best reason for Scalia eing on the court, Just to PO Dionne.


37 posted on 06/27/2012 12:09:16 PM PDT by golfisnr1
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To: SeekAndFind

This is the best reason for Scalia eing on the court, Just to PO Dionne.


38 posted on 06/27/2012 12:09:23 PM PDT by golfisnr1
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To: SeekAndFind

Yeah, one can never tell how Kagan, Breyer, Ginsburg or The Wise Latina will ever vote on any issue, huh EJ?

These affirmative action Jacksons don’t have an original thought, are poor excuses for the highest court in the land and are the worst appointments ever. What a disgrace they always vote in a bloc, never thinking for themselves. Same ol same ol with these losers.


39 posted on 06/27/2012 12:09:54 PM PDT by A_Former_Democrat (Free the Zimmermans. . . end this political, racist travesty of a "prosecution")
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To: JimWayne

Impossible to argue with what you say. Why else would it be so important who is president when it is time to replace a SC Justice.

If the decision had gone the other way and Scalia were a Dem appointee the brainless twit reporter would be calling him “courageous”.


40 posted on 06/27/2012 12:11:10 PM PDT by scram2
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To: SeekAndFind

I guess even Justice Scalia doesn’t have freedom of speech, eh, E.J.?


41 posted on 06/27/2012 12:11:10 PM PDT by Crucial (Tolerance at the expense of equal treatment is the path to tyranny.)
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To: Monorprise

Because an assassination could easily change the balance of the court depending on who is POTUS.

It doesn’t have to be POTUS level protection but at least something greater than they have now. I was unaware of marshal protection.


42 posted on 06/27/2012 12:12:17 PM PDT by TSgt (The only reason I have one in the chamber at all times, is because it is impossible to have two in.)
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To: SeekAndFind
So often, Scalia has chosen to ignore the obligation of a Supreme Court justice to be, and appear to be, impartial.

Where in hell did he get a crazy idea like that?............

43 posted on 06/27/2012 12:12:17 PM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: massgopguy
Insert Italian Hand Gesture here.

Here's a good ASL one:

(right-click and check "Properties" for what the sign means)

44 posted on 06/27/2012 12:12:32 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (FUMR)
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To: SeekAndFind
EJ Dionne would be more suited for a janitorial position. In time, he might aspire to be an SEIU union steward. Intelligent writing is well beyond his capability.
45 posted on 06/27/2012 12:12:59 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: SeekAndFind
Hey EJ Dionne..... Photobucket
46 posted on 06/27/2012 12:13:21 PM PDT by baddog 219
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To: SeekAndFind

LMFAO! Boy, that’s a real knee slapper, E.J., you should be a ****ing comedian.


47 posted on 06/27/2012 12:13:39 PM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: SeekAndFind

So Scalia commenting on how things are, or are not, Constitutional is considered being a politician? He was chosen for the Supremes because he’s a smart man, who actually THINKS about the Constitutionality of laws. I can’t see why on earth that would be a problem, but then, I don’t look at life through a radical liberal lens.


48 posted on 06/27/2012 12:14:35 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: SeekAndFind

The left, as represented in this case by EJ Dionne, want to preempt the inevitable decision by SCOTUS to overturn all or part of 0bamacare by personalizing its attacks on the Justices and their principled interpretations of the law. Whatever Justice Scalia says is far more interesting and correct in its interpretation of the Constitution than any noise from EJ Dionne. What a loser.


49 posted on 06/27/2012 12:17:07 PM PDT by kevinm13 (Tim Geithner is a tax cheat. Manmade "Global Warming" is a HOAX!)
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To: JimWayne

A sad commentary on life and ethics in our country.


50 posted on 06/27/2012 12:17:35 PM PDT by gleeaikin
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