Friday, March 17, 2006

Those Who Ignore History Are Doomed to Wind Up Featured in Moron Mail

UPDATED!!!

Chuck, I can pound the living shit out of this letter in 6 justices:

CONSIDER ITS MAKEUP
An activist court?


The Republican Party leadership at the Capitol, including Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Speaker of the House Steve Sviggum, are once again pushing a proposal to add a divisive amendment to the November ballot that would deny gay couples both the right to marry and to enter into civil unions.

They do this because they say that activist courts could undo our existing state law, which defines marriage as existing between one man and one woman.

There are seven members of the Minnesota Supreme Court. Five of the current court were nominated by and sworn in under Republican governors, two were nominated by Independence Party Gov. Jesse Ventura, and not a single member of the court was put into office by a Democratic governor.

So unless my simple math is incorrect, these judges will be by a 5-2 margin those appointed by the Republicans themselves. Doesn't sound like a court that fits the Republican definition of an "activist" court.

This further shows how the effort to put the "gay marriage" proposal on the November ballot by the Republican leadership is a misleading and highly divisive initiative designed for the sole purpose of putting more Republicans into political office.

DUH, ST. PAUL.

Ahem.

Chief Justice Earl Warren - Left-leaning justice

Nominated by: Eisenhower (R)

Justice Harry Blackmun - Wrote the opinion of the Court in Roe v. Wade

Nominated by: Nixon (R)

David Souter - Left leaning justice

Nominated by: George HW Bush (R)

John Paul Stevens - One of the biggest liberals to ever sit on the bench

Nominated by: Nixon (R)

Chief Justice Warren Burger - Supposed "strict constructionist" who joined the majority in Roe v. Wade, and gave us the awful "Lemon" Test (Justice Scalia once famously remarked in a dissent that the Lemon Test was aptly named).

Nominated by: Nixon (R)

Sandra Day O'Connor - Never saw an abortion regulation she wouldn't strike down; thought certain Affirmative Action programs were not a violation of the Equal Protection clause, but hinted that may change in 20 years or so.

Nominated by: Reagan (R)

So unless my simple math history is incorrect, (and not even accounting for the fact that Democrats have on occasion nominated conservative justces - Benjamin Cordozo comes to mind - although not for a very, very long time) the party affiliation of the nominator does not necessarily determine the judicial philosophy of the nominee.

*poof* There goes Duh's thesis.

And that last paragraph is so loaded with rhetoric and absent any coherent thought, I'm not going to even touch it. Hell, we're all stupider for having read it.

UPDATE: In case you don't feel like scrolling back up, let's replay this line from Duh's dispatch:

Five of the current court were nominated by and sworn in under Republican governors, two were nominated by Independence Party Gov. Jesse Ventura, and not a single member of the court was put into office by a Democratic governor.

Wrong. Or to put it in a language that drooling imbeciles like Duh will better understand:

LIAR!!!!!!!

Our good pal Sisyphus correctly points out that former Viking and current somewhat left-wing justice Alan Page was elected, not appointed, to the Minnesota Supreme Court in 1992. I have neither the time nor the inclination to research how many other MSC justices arrived on the bench via election rather than appointment. But I really don't think it's necessary. By now it's been made crystal clear that this moron is just talking (er, writing) out of his ass.

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