Thursday, September 15, 2005

Giant and Midgets

I have been listening to the John Roberts nomination hearing for three days now. Here are my observations. It is like watching a giant sparing with a bunch of midgets (Republicans and Democrats alike). John Roberts displayed such an intellectual prowess that it is seem terribly mismatched. I almost feel sorry for the senators. What's a pathetic bunch!
Despite the fact that the senators are the ones who have the innitiative, who control (and know ahead) the questions. They managed to fumble time and time again. Often they asked silly (if not stupid) questions. Their numerous attempts to corner Judge Roberts is so futile that I wonder why they even bother. In the process, they look like fools.
The answers that Judge Roberts give are the only ones that are educational. It taught me so much about our judicial process and philosophy. It confirms my view of government. Mainly that of the three branches of government; the executive branch should be the most innovative and open to change. The legislative branch should be more resistant to change - restraining the executive branchfrom potential over-reaching. The judicial branch should be the one most adverse to change. In that regard, Judge Roberts judicial philosophy fits perfectly.
UPDATE: Liberal senators often asked question that has word like "progress," "advancement." It implies that they want judges and justices to promote "human progress." John Roberts by refusing to answer implicitly said: "It is your job, not mine."


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Blogger Jeff said...

Great Post. I totally agree.

You know the Republicans did not ask these crazy questions to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg during her hearings. The Democrats all the sudden are changing the rules...

6:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very excellent point about Roberts seeing the judiciary as a referee,not a policy maker. He will be an excellent jurist I think.

2:32 PM  
Blogger PusBoy said...

I don't find anything I disagree with much in your post. I must say, though, that I think judges should account for human progress when examining the Constitution.

For example, The Founders, when crafting the 2nd Amendment, had no idea how rapidly and catastrophically weapons would advance in two centuries. In their day, the deadliest weapon was a one-shot musket.

Soon after came revolvers. Soon after machine guns, and soon after grenades, and nuclear missiles.

Obviously, the Founders would not have wanted the average American citizen to have the capability to destroy the entire human population on Earth, even if they felt the average American should be allowed to own a musket.

2:33 PM  
Blogger MaxedOutMama said...

You wrote:
Liberal senators often asked question that has word like "progress," "advancement." It implies that they want judges and justices to promote "human progress." John Roberts by refusing to answer implicitly said: "It is your job, not mine."

That's an astute point. It really is their job. If it ever becomes the job of a judiciary chosen for life, then the US becomes a dictatorship. It is that basic.

And if that is the vision the Dems have for the US, then I am unquestionably and unrelentingly anti-Dem. I do not want to live in a country ruled by a Central Committee. The death toll is too frickin' high. I'll take my chances with a representative government.

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