Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Walker, Republican Voters, believe in Tyranny of the Majority, and not the Constitution.

The state's constitutional teabillies, the whole Walker administration, are proving how bad "strict constructionists" are at interpreting out founding document. Justice Thomas and Scalia are members of that club too. Losing confidence yet? You should be. It's all part of the conservative activist takeover of our courts.

The best example yet is this recent reaction by Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, with Neil Cavuto, the other day on Fox News:
Kleefisch: "You're talking about the court taking on a whole extra branch of government, as part of its resume."
Amazing isn't it?

This was the story at Bradblog, who couldn't have said it any better:
WI s Walker Fellow Republicans Unclear on How Judiciary, Constitution Works

There was another interesting response to the ruling from Walker and his fellow partisans following the ruling on Friday, which seems to suggest they haven't a clue about how the court system works, how the U.S. Constitution is supposed to work, or even how representative democracy works. Either that, or they simply don't care and feel it's just more important to continue scamming their gullible constituencies then it is to be honest about what actually happened on Friday.

Making matters worse though, not only are they wrong about matters of how democracy and the court system works, they are also wrong on their facts as well, even if they hope nobody will notice...

"The people of Wisconsin clearly spoke on June 5th," Walker said at the top of his response to the ruling on Friday. "Now, they are ready to move on. Sadly, a liberal activist judge in Dane County wants to go backward and take away the lawmaking responsibilities of the Legislature and the governor."
In a similar vein, Republican state Rep. Robin Vos
"A judge living in the fantasy world of Dane County has decided they are going to substitute their singular opinion as opposed to the collective will of Wisconsin, through the Legislature and the recall process," Vos is quoted in Milwaukee's Journal-Sentinelas saying on Friday. "We have litigated, reviewed and elected people because of Act 10 [the Republican law which strips most collectively bargaining rights]. In each case, they say the law works. And it is," he said.
Of course, neither how "the people of Wisconsin...spoke on June 5th", as Walker argued, nor anything about the "recall process" or "collective will of Wisconsin" as the hypocritical Vos suggested, or even whether or not "the law works," have anything to do with whether it is legal under the state and U.S. Constitution.

Nonetheless, as expected, their partisan surrogates in the media have parroted the same disingenuous line.

"The list of people who support Wisconsin governor Scott Walker's law ... is fairly long," writes partisan Christian Schneider at the National Review Online, as well as at the Journal-Sentinel today. "Yet," Schneider adds deceptively, "the law was gutted on Friday by Dane County circuit court judge Juan Colas, who took it upon himself to save the citizens of Wisconsin from a law that they overwhelmingly support."
The Constitutionality of laws is not determined at the ballot box. In fact, the U.S. Constitution, at least, is specifically designed in order to help protect the minority against the tyranny of the majority. What is it that these Republicans don't understand about that?

For some reason, the partisan Republican supporters of the anti-union law who believe that Walker's supposed win on June 5th means the law is Constitutional, have conveniently forgotten that they also ended up losing control of the entire State Senate because of it.

But let's not let facts --- and the way government and the rule of law and the court system actually work --- get in the way of Republican activist partisans.

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