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"With all due deference to the separation of powers..."




I knew it was going to happen. Everyone said it was in the speech, but I hoped so much that it would get the axe. Obama, in a speech that I thought was how a state of the union should be with nice and interesting plans I hope, to varying degrees, work out (minus the fact that it was so obvious he switched speechwriters midway through its writing), but then he blew it. He crossed a line. He told the Supreme Court of the United States that they made a horrible decision. Mind you, that part of the speech, opinion wise, I basically agree with him on, but when he said it and Congress clapped enthusiastically, and Schumer gloated at the court, I just got pissed off. It had nothing to do with the decision, it had nothing to do with political leanings, it was the fact that Obama took a swipe at the court that was uncalled for, unnecessary, and plain out rude.

The Supreme Court sits through that entire speech without clapping, without taking sides for anyone. They don't throw punches at the Legislature or the President, they often go through horrendously difficult confirmation hearings, and yet with all the casework to back up their decision, with opinions based on judicial philosophy, Obama, a constitutional lawyer who should know better, tells the court they were wrong and he is going to screw over their decision with a new bill. "John Roberts has made his decision, now let him defend it" ANYONE? Total lack of disrespect. Chuck Schumer, you know better stop being an asshole and go back to being the people's senator you were before you got a leadership position. So yeah... I am genuinely pissed off that that portion of the speech was even there. I might not agree with the decision and so did the four dissenting Justices, but I bet you anything that when Obama spoke on the Supreme Court, ALL NINE Justices felt insulted that their legal decision was ruthlessly attacked (yes, Justice O'Connor publicly disagreed with the decision, but she has her own case law to back that up with and it was a judicial argument she made, not a policy one).

Not all the justices; however, handled themselves with as much prestige and respect, Justice Alito went way too far by mouthing "that's not true". One part of me wishes it was another Joe Wilson style outburst so that Alito could finally leave the court (or so that Obama could reply "Search your feelings, you know it to be true"), but alas, now it will only remain a visual sign of displeasure with Obama's serious lack of respect for the third branch of government. My deepest sympathies go out to our HARD WORKING JUSTICES who in recent years have simply not been getting the respect they deserve. Please, if anything, stop the partisan nature of the nomination hearings, and the false belief that the Supreme Court is always partisan (a misconception dating from the partisan decision in Bush v. Gore).

As someone who respects the court as the one of the greatest institutions of government in the United States I hope for a time when the government will finally end partisanship and hold respect for the style of government that our founders chose, but perhaps pigs must first learn to fly.


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Post on Thu Jan 28, 2010 12:06 pm by J-Mads

But Jackson was a great man. He's on the twenty dollar bill!! We don't put bad people on the money.

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Post on Thu Jan 28, 2010 3:48 pm by The Prez

Jackson sucked, is overrated, and nearly ruined the United States.

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Post on Thu Jan 28, 2010 6:18 pm by J-Mads

Ok, you debt-loving, Electoral college-humping, nullifying, Arkansas-rejecting, Michigan-hating, Eastern elitist that wants to open up the country's financial security to foreign interests! Whatever you say.

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Post on Thu Jan 28, 2010 6:36 pm by The Prez

That made absolutely no sense

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Post on Thu Jan 28, 2010 6:48 pm by strangerthanfiction

It didn't make sense but I laughed really hard.
Enough to earn a strange stare or two within the library, at least.

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Post on Thu Jan 28, 2010 6:51 pm by J-Mads

It all relates directly to Jackson. Trust me, it does make some sense, even if it is just random character assassination based on no fact about you, but facts about Jackson.

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Post on Thu Jan 28, 2010 6:52 pm by The Prez

The Electoral College humping is not the reason Jackson lost. And Michigan is a slight stretch.

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Post on Thu Jan 28, 2010 7:42 pm by J-Mads

No, but Jackson was avidly against it. He wanted to amend the Constitution to abolish it. Few Presidents (possibly none) have hated it more. And Michigan came into the union during his Presidency, so apparently you hate Michigan. Whatever, Drew. Whatever.

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Post on Thu Jan 28, 2010 10:47 pm by dohnage18

If I won the overall vote but lost the election, I'd be pissed too.

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Post on Thu Jan 28, 2010 10:48 pm by dohnage18

If I won the overall vote but lost the election, I'd be pissed too.

Oh, and Jackson definitely wins the contest for most BA president ever.

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Post on Thu Jan 28, 2010 11:23 pm by J-Mads

I actually put Teddy Roosevelt as most BA president. Jackson certainly is top 5 though, possibly 2nd.

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Post on Fri Jan 29, 2010 12:11 pm by dohnage18

It's tough, but I'll go with Jackson. Two bullets and part of a saber in him when he died+duel with Hamilton (not that one)>Speech saving his life+beating the would be assassin with his cane.

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Post on Fri Jan 29, 2010 1:08 pm by strangerthanfiction

BA Prez List, as compiled by British Alex (also known as being BA):
1. TR, because I'm trying to turn his name into a swear word. Think about how perfect his name is as an expression of annoyance. "When the TR hits the fan..."
2. William Henry Harrison. Because he had the guts to give a speech and die from it. Now THAT is dedication.
3. Taft, because he was hugely fat, and therefore he was very BA-ed, so to speak.
4. Thomas Jefferson, because he broke his beloved Constitution in a dirty deal to get more land, and then decided to forget about it. I also tend to think about things in terms of "if Thomas Jefferson were here, what would he say?"
5. Lincoln because he was tall.
6. Madison because he was Mr Bill of Rights, which earns my respect any day.

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