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Gingrich rails at courts, suggests ignoring rulings | McClatchy

WASHINGTON -- Picking up where he left off in last Thursday's Republican presidential debate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Saturday continued to rail against the federal judicial system, accusing it of overstepping its constitutional role and arguing that the president and Congress can ignore court decisions.

In a conference call with reporters that sounded alternately like a campaign pitch and a law school lecture, Gingrich said, "The courts are too aggressive, and the courts have been trying to impose an elitist value system on a country that's inherently not elitist."

"The founding fathers were very distrustful of judges," Gingrich went on. "Saw them as an elite instrument of government designed to oppress the people. And, as a result, (they) consciously made the judicial branch the third branch and the weakest branch."

In order to restore balance between Congress, the White House, and the courts, Gingrich recommended ignoring rulings, impeaching judges, subpoenaing justices to have them explain their rulings and, as a last resort, abolishing the courts altogether.

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Sun Dec 18th, 2011 at 12:13:31 PM EST
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So we can ignore Citizens' United?

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Sun Dec 18th, 2011 at 06:53:32 PM EST
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And we thought Cheney's notion that the VP was in whatever branch of government might be convenient to avoid accountability was nuts...  I must have skipped school the day they covered the judiciary being the weakest branch of government.
Speaking of Cheney, Gingrich does have a bit of the same odor about him, but without the warm fuzzy appeal.
by Andhakari on Mon Dec 19th, 2011 at 02:49:35 AM EST
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Yes, but republicans are at least consistent. They hate government and want to destroy it, unless they're in charge at which point they want omnipotence.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Dec 19th, 2011 at 03:31:56 AM EST
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