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  •  Qualifications are not the most important issue. (3+ / 0-)
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    lyvwyr101, Chi, wdrath

    We're not discussing a nomination, but a removal from the bench.  Five of them, in fact - although the strongest cases are the core three who were involved in Bush v. Gore.

    Sign the petition to demand a law-abiding Supreme Court.

    by Troubadour on Fri Jul 05, 2013 at 05:45:32 AM PDT

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    •  a nitpick (1+ / 0-)
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      they have not committed treason, the only crime defined in the constitution.  They have committed a kind of corruption, legislating from the bench according to their political preferences.

      This whole sorry saga points out another defect in out form of government.  SC justices ought be nominated, confirmed and removed if necessary, by an electoral college of the top 100 law schools.

      •  we'd have to change the constitution for that (2+ / 0-)
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        wilderness voice, Troubadour

        i'm game.

        •  Me too (1+ / 0-)
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          I abhor the fact that who sits on the Supreme Court does NOT hinge on any sort of vote from the people, only tangentially from the Presidential election. We have elections for representatives in the other two branches of government...

        •  Yes. (1+ / 0-)
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          And high time, too.  It's time to call a new Constitutional Convention.  Our country is laboring under one of the oldest written constitutions in the world, and it hasn't adapted to changes in circumstances or technology.  Remember that when our Constitution was written, a black man could be made equal to 3/5 of a white man for purposes of tallying votes CAST BY HIS WHITE MASTER.  Females were non-persons.  Native Americans could be shot as vermin, or if they submitted to the yoke of Christianity, be shipped off to concentration camps to die of smallpox.  Spain was still a Major Power, Germany had yet to be united for the first time, and the Pope basically ruled Italy.  The most serious question of Civil Rights was that of whether individuals should be able to choose their own religion.  It took two months to get from London to Boston, if you got there at all.  Letters from Europe were like messages from the Moon.

          Our Constitution was never designed to handle a nation of 300 million with diverse ethnic, linguistic, and cultural backgrounds, spreading over the entire width of a continent, with instantaneous mass communications (for a price) and overnight transport to Peking or London.  We exceeded the design specs, and have held it together with duct-tape, chewing gum, and bailing wire.  And those are starting to break down under the strain.  Either we follow the means given to us in the original documentation to revise our Constitution in an orderly and democratic fashion, or we'll be dealing with secession and civil war.

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