Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Judicial overreach

Court orders the Treasury Department to redesign currency. (Actually, they're upholding a previous ruling.) This is ridiculous. I would not be sorry to see these judges impeached, although I would do more homework to double-check before voting "yea."
America is a democracy, not a judicial monarchy. The most ridiculous part is that the other branches of government treat judicial rulings as binding, which is arguably not the judicial branch's fault. The executive and legislative branches ought to, figuratively speaking, nod attentively and say "We'll take your opinion into consideration." Where there is no Constitutional authority there is no duty to obey.

P.S. A friend of mine notes that I am being unfair to the judges, one of whom he knows well. He is correct. My gut reaction was strong and possibly unfair to the individual judges involved. My response to him read, in part: "It is not-infrequently the case that an opinion which sounds outrageous is actually well justified by the particular circumstances involved. 'Hard cases make bad law.' It's also true that the bar for impeachment ought to be set fairly high for the sake of civil order--there are officials whom I would not vote to impreach, and yet would not be sorry to see impeached."

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