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GOP Rep Wants Judges on “Endangered Species List”

GOP Rep Wants Judges on “Endangered Species List”

Only a month after federal Judge John Roll was murdered while waiting to speak with Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D), and Montana Representative Denny Rehberg (R) is suggesting federal judges who support environmental controls should “go on the Endangered Species List.”

Rehberg’s statements are in obvious poor taste, especially given the threats, both veiled and actual being tossed at judges and members of Congress these days. Rehberg is certainly within his rights to chose whatever rhetorical means he sees fit to convey his message but at some point our elected officials have to acknowledge that the responsible and professional thing to do is not use rhetoric and language that is tinged with violence to communicate to constituents.

And perhaps just as bad is the idea that “judicial activism” is a one-way street defined solely by opinions that do not support the agenda of the right. Rehberg is a classic offender in this regard. His speech decried a decision to keep the grey wolf on the Endangered Species List as judicial activism yet he, almost in the same breath, praised the decisions that have declared the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional. The difference? One decision he likes the other, not so much.

Our federal courts are in crisis, not because of judicial activists on either side run amok, but by a lack of funding and confirmation of appointments. The assault on our courts must come to an end if we have any hope of keeping our democracy intact.

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2:56PM PST on Feb 14, 2011

Vicki B. - who are the code pinkers? Are they elected officials of the US Congress? I dont see how you can compare the two!

5:47PM PST on Feb 13, 2011

i have the urge to spit :(

10:49AM PST on Feb 13, 2011

Tasteless and cruel no matter whom this came from.

8:44PM PST on Feb 12, 2011

VICKI B - "Do Democrats never say or do anything that deserves attention?"

-why Vicki, that is BLASPHEMY!!! The democrats are un-touchable...! At least at Care2, apparently ;-)

8:07PM PST on Feb 12, 2011

While that may not have been the best choice of words by the Congressman, I have seen nothing written about the lovely Code Pinkers who had signs and voiced that they would like to see Judge Clarence Thomas put back in the fields or have his toes and fingers cut off and fed to him....not including wanting to kill Glenn Beck and any other person with a differing opinion than theirs. I'm curious why reports are only written about and to make the Republicans look bad? Do Democrats never say or do anything that deserves attention?

6:55AM PST on Feb 12, 2011

Thanks Virginia K, thought your comment was well put.

6:56AM PST on Feb 11, 2011

John B said it! I live in Marin County CA and we have just had an audit of our family court; it appears which ever parent was more connected and had more money got the kids. From what I read in the paper Judges are about as good as our men in blue...judges are just not physical.

10:43PM PST on Feb 10, 2011

Decent judges have been on the endangered species list for decades.

8:49PM PST on Feb 10, 2011

Typical repub lack of common sense.

8:39PM PST on Feb 10, 2011

sure would like to start a list of all the kook judges that let animal abusers off lightly, can't figure out where to send them...maybe handcuffed with the offender and sent someplace really, really hot where they could observe first hand climate change- mars, perhaps?

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