How dare President Obama talk about the Supreme Court’s review of the health care law:
“Overturning the law would be “an unprecedented, extraordinary step” since it was passed by a majority of members in the House and Senate. I just remind conservative commentators that for years we’ve heard that the biggest problem is judicial activism or a lack of judicial restraint. That a group of people would somehow overturn a duly constituted and passed law. Well, this is a good example. And I’m pretty confident that this court will recognize that and not take that step.”
This kind of “daring” and “line-crossing” talk won’t do! Why doesn’t this President care about liberty as much as the Republican Party? Why can’t he respect and honor the judicial process like them? (Well, unless they don’t like a ruling — then it becomes activism):
Ronald Reagan: … campaigning in Birmingham, Ala., Thursday, blasted the court’s most recent abortion ruling as “an abuse of power as bad as the transgression of Watergate and the bribery on Capitol Hill.” …
President George W. Bush: For the judiciary, resisting this temptation is particularly important, because it’s the only branch that is unelected and whose officers serve for life. Unfortunately, some judges give in to temptation and make law instead of interpreting. Such judicial lawlessness is a threat to our democracy—and it needs to stop.
See many, many more examples…
Talking Points Memo put together a video: