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Bachmann Wants To Strip Courts of Equal Protection Jurisdiction

Bachmann Wants To Strip Courts of Equal Protection Jurisdiction

To her credit Michele Bachmann (R-MN) is not shy about her role as a culture warrior and has come out in front of bold conservative initiatives to eradicate completely the constitutional separation of church and state.

Her latest campaign calls for stripping federal judges of jurisdiction to enforce equal protection laws.  Bachmann’s motivation is, of course, protecting “traditional marriage” from the nefarious gay agenda.  In a speech in Iowa, Bachmann told a group of social conservatives that Congress ultimately controls the scope of Article III federal courts and can, and should, “decide what judges can rule on and what they can’t.”

Bachmann’s proposal may be good at whipping the hard-right base into a froth, but it also gives us a nice illustration of just how radical her understanding of constitutional separation of powers really is. 

Stripping federal courts of the power to hear equal protection challenges would require passing legislation that somehow removes the 14th Amendment from federal court jurisdiction–or attempts to circumvent the Amendment all together.  Either option flies in the face of our notions of fundamental checks and balances, let alone embraces a vision of America that soundly rejects the democratic ideal of basic equality.

 

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6:13PM PDT on Aug 12, 2011

Maybe after she criminalizes the gays and lesbians she can go after the Jews. Then the Mexicans. Then maybe she'll bring back slavery. After all, she said recently that Black people had a stronger family unit under slavery.
This woman has no place in the governance of the United States of America.
And her husband is as gay as a blade.
Idiots Ahoy!

12:50AM PDT on Aug 12, 2011

strange view from a stange woman

12:59PM PDT on Apr 30, 2011

I wish someone would dig up some dirt on this woman. I'm convinced she has some deep, dark secrets. All politicians do. They don't get where they are if they don't strike a deal or two with the forces of darkness. And when done with her, move on to the next teabag.

8:22AM PDT on Apr 20, 2011

Bat crap crazy! The more she talks....Keep in mind this is the same woman who talks endlessly about the Constitution and the Founding Fathers but apparently doesn't know that slavery was written into the Constitution - the "3/5ths" clause

""the very founders that wrote those documents worked tirelessly until slavery was no more in the United States....Men like John Quincy Adams, who would not rest until slavery was extinguished in the country."

True, J.Q. Adams didn't rest before slavery ended...he died. Or maybe he was just taking a dirt nap."
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/nov05election/detail?entry_id=81734

Whenever she dies I hope she donates her brain to science. There is some really weird stuff going on in there.

7:17PM PDT on Apr 18, 2011

Breathtaking! This also violates the Separation of Powers enshrined in our Constitution.

The founders did NOT want the Judicial Branch to be amenable to public sentiment or Legislative tinkering.

I think Bachmann is like Beck: she purposefully postures to get a reaction, and lets the fans spread the turds around...

9:09AM PDT on Apr 18, 2011

is she for real?? this woman is crazy!!!!

11:53AM PDT on Apr 17, 2011

How is it that this Congresswoman keeps getting re-elected to the House of Representatives? She has absolutely no working knowledge of the U.S. Constitution, the separation of church and state, or the separation of powers in the United States. She is a danger to our society and yet she wants to be President of the United States. What an ego this woman has. She is as big a danger to us as $arah Palin is, and that is saying a great deal.

7:56PM PDT on Apr 16, 2011

Michele Bachmann (R-MN) is a lunatic!

3:29PM PDT on Apr 15, 2011

When any civilization is in a decline they will elevate those who will destroy them. Oddly enough it is the masses that will be looking for someone to save them who will facilitate their own destruction.

2:01AM PDT on Apr 15, 2011

Wasn't she booed and jeered this week at a public event where she was speaking? Typical right -wing republican, and all the warped mentality that goes with it. And I'm a moderate!

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