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Ted Cruz calls for retention elections of Supreme Court Justices

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  • Liberal Democrat
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    Ted Cruz, National Review, June 26, 2015: Constitutional Remedies to a Lawless Supreme Court

    Quoting Ted Cruz from his oped article in the National Review:

    "This week’s opinions are but the latest in a long line of judicial assaults on our Constitution and the common-sense values that have made America great. During the past 50 years, the Court has condemned millions of innocent unborn children to death, banished God from our schools and public squares, extended constitutional protections to prisoners of war on foreign soil, authorized the confiscation of property from one private owner to transfer it to another, and has now required all Americans to purchase a specific product, and to accept the redefinition of an institution ordained by God and long predating the formation of the Court"

    "In order to provide the people themselves with a constitutional remedy to the problem of judicial activism and the means for throwing off judicial tyrants, I am proposing an amendment to the United States Constitution that would subject the justices of the Supreme Court to periodic judicial-retention elections. Every justice, beginning with the second national election after his or her appointment, will answer to the American people and the states in a retention election every eight years. Those justices deemed unfit for retention by both a majority of the American people as a whole and by majorities of the electorates in at least half of the 50 states will be removed from office and disqualified from future service on the Court."

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    You can read more about the way Ted Cruz thinks in his own words, carefully chosen in his editorial for the National Review. What I don't understand is how anyone can take him seriously. Can anyone envisage, for example, Ruth Bader Ginsberg having to campaign and raise money for her reelection to the Supreme Court? What if the Koch Brothers or other right wing billionaires or the Swift Boaters decided to smear her with a hate campaign of ads carefully chosen to raise the passion of the base.

    Thoughts?

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Schmidt Wrote:

    You can read more about the way Ted Cruz thinks in his own words, carefully chosen in his editorial for the National Review. What I don't understand is how anyone can take him seriously. Can anyone envisage, for example, Ruth Gator Ginsberg having to campaign and raise money for her reelection to the Supreme Court? What if the Koch Brothers or other right wing billionaires or the Swift Boaters decided to smear her with a hate campaign of ads carefully chosen to raise the passion of the base.

    Thoughts?

    My thoughts are that this is something that will never happen. There is zero to negative zero chance of 2/3's of both houses of Congress and 3/4's of the states approving this.

    This is something that, if actually passed, would likely come back to bite the Senator from Texas square in the ass. What would he say if the people vote out Scalia, Thomas, Alito, Roberts, and Kennedy? Under his proposed rule, only a slim majority is all that is needed to remove them all from the bench.

    What will Mr. Cruz say when voters say they no longer want a certain conservative justice on the bench and there's a Democratic President and Democratic Senate? I have a strong feeling he will have a far different opinion then...

  • Liberal Democrat
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    Jared -- Yes I agree with you. It will never happen. But still, Cruz is a constitutional lawyer, and his proposal is so outlandish, that I was wondering what else could be behind it other than just pandering to the right wing ignorant evangelical base of the party. Cruz is certainly not stupid, and such a proposal as viewed by his peers must have them shaking their heads. Either he is so consumed by hatred that he cannot think logically even within the confines of his own profession, or he has another motive that I haven't yet considered. I'm thinking about it. Maybe there is something clinically wrong with him.

    I read his entire editorial again. Wow. And he's a senator from Texas.

  • Liberal
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    Teddie Boy, the panderer. He will say anything (like most Republicans) to get his name and ugly mug in the public view. Ignore him and his kind - and, always remember to avoid Texas at all costs while traveling!.

    salon.com/2015/06/30/gop_declares_war_o...

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    Ted Cruz is probably is so transparently fraudulent that he makes you sick when you hear him getting air time trying to gin-up his tea party base.

    This man graduated from Harvard as a lawyer, so he's not stupid and he should know the law, however, the feigned indignation is to make his "low information" tea party constituents think that here is a man who is righteously indignant about how the SCOTUS are lawyers, like himself, and they are not subject to the voters as if he doesn't know why justices on the Supreme Court are elected for life and are not subject to political influence. That the reason that their job security shouldn't be under the influence of the people or the litigants whose case is before them. That the interpretation of the Constitution should be done by nine members who are objective and not influenced by either side so we can hope to get an impartial interpretation of the law. Surely this phony appeal to his Tea Party base voters shows how truly stupid he thinks they are--unfortunately, he may be right. I wouldn't be surprised if one of his pac's already has a website up and he is soliciting donations to "Support the Amendment to create a fair Supreme Court."

    Consider this: here is a man who railed like an evangelical traveling tent minister ( a technique that he probably learned from his father who has mastered the emotional ministerial rant) about how, "Obama care is a train wreck!!!!" How we must, "repeal every word of Obama care!!!!" He took his show on the road to town hall meetings, basking in the cameras as he whipped the audience into a frenzy. Heritage Foundation Action, which is in it's largest part paid for by the Koch Bros, paid for the road show. He was on a mission to destroy the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act (PPACA). But now that he is running for President his Wife quite her lucrative job at Goldman Sachs to manage his campaign. She provided the health care for him and his two children to the tune of approx. $26,000 per year provided by her employer. He now has "Obamacare" health insurance. It would seem that a man that wants us to get ride of the PPACA because it is evil would get his own policy. It's Probably too expensive but he has no trouble condemning everyone else to that fate. The man is a fraud and a hypocrite and it is so plain to me. When Ted Cruz was responding to the two decisions on the PPACA (Obamacare) does he really think that anyone is buying this argument and how can you look at the camera and look so stupid.

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    LeoMarquez Wrote:

    Ted Cruz is probably is so transparently fraudulent that he makes you sick when you hear him getting air time trying to gin-up his tea party base.

    This man graduated from Harvard and is a lawyer, so he's not stupid he just has no sincere morals. however, the feigned indignation is to make his "low information" tea party constituents think that here is a man who is righteously indignant about how the SCOTUS are lawyers, like himself, and they are not subject to the voters as if he doesn't know why justices on the Supreme Court are elected for life and are not subject to the to political influence. That the reason that their job security should be under the influence of the people or the litigants. That the interpretation of the Constitution should not be done by nine members who are objective and not influenced by either side and that we can hope to get an impartial interpretation of the law. Surely this phony appeal to his Tea Party base voters shows how truly stupid he thinks they are. I wouldn't be surprised if one of his pac's already has a website up and he is soliciting donations to "Support the Amendment to create a fair Supreme Court."

    Consider this: here is a man who railed like an evangelical traveling tent minister ( a technique that he probably learned from his father who has mastered the emotional ministerial rant) about how, "Obama care is a train wreck!!!!" How we must, "repeal every word of Obama care!!!!" He took his show on the road to town hall meetings, basking in the cameras as he whipped the audience into a frenzy. Heritage Foundation Action, which is in it's largest part paid for by the Koch Bros, paid for the road show. He was on a mission to destroy the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act (PPACA). But now that he is running for President his Wife quite her lucrative job at Goldman Sachs to manage his campaign. She provided the health care for him and his two children to the tune of approx. $26,000 per year provided by her employer. He now has "Obamacare" health insurance. It would seem that a man that wants us to get ride of the PPACA because it is evil would get his own policy. It's Probably too expensive but he has no trouble condemning everyone else to that fate. The man is a fraud and a hypocrite.

    I've never seen such naïve people as him and many others who think the same; evangelicals never heard of the word "common sense" neither "facts" neither "proven science"; they have no clue whatsoever about the world, let alone what is beyond the world. How people like that get in these positions is a total miracle to me. If a "human" created "god" thing thinks the same, then no wonder this world is a huge mess.
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    Hell, I think Alito, Scalia, Roberts and Thomas should be impeached but I know that isn't going to happen.

    teddy boy should keep his piehole shut because he may not like the results of his verbal diarrhea.

  • Center Left
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    I'm not in favor of T Cruz's idea but I think there should be some guidelines put in place. Number 1, there should be a retirement age. Until you die isn't a good idea. Ginsburg can't stay awake during a presidential speech (State of the union). That's a sign that you shouldn't be deciding the most important things.

    I think that the SC is of vital importance. They effect the most important issues. Stay awake Ruth.

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    Schmidt Wrote:

    Jared -- Yes I agree with you. It will never happen. But still, Cruz is a constitutional lawyer, and his proposal is so outlandish, that I was wondering what else could be behind it other than just pandering to the right wing ignorant evangelical base of the party. Cruz is certainly not stupid, and such a proposal as viewed by his peers must have them shaking their heads. Either he is so consumed by hatred that he cannot think logically even within the confines of his own profession, or he has another motive that I haven't yet considered. I'm thinking about it. Maybe there is something clinically wrong with him.

    I read his entire editorial again. Wow. And he's a senator from Texas.

    I agree that he is not stupid at all and he certainly knows that his idea would never actually come to fruition. I would venture to say he is both consumed by hatred and that he has other motives.

    He panders to the far right in this country. They eat these words up like it's a five course meal and he has to keep coming up with crazy crap to say in order to keep them happy. I also think he loves hearing his name in the news and that he's found out that crazy always sells.

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    I do believe that Ted Cruz's suggestion is a totally outlandish one. Why should anyone listen to such an idiot in his wanting to overthrow the way the founders set up this nomination process, and change it to one of open elections? If he believes that should happen, then he probably also believes that Congress should appoint him President. It is pretty obvious that Teddy has been drinking the Republican kool-aid again.