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Letters to the Editor

Political march

October 24, 2010

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To the editor:

Can it be true that the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court would encourage it?

Chief Justice John Roberts says justices could opt out of attending the annual State of the Union address of the president. Yes, Justice Samuel Alito shook his head, mouthing “not true” and declared he would not attend again. Dissent is his right, but is attendance or absence?

1) Individual choice to attend or not attend is a right, but who should listen to the president’s address and opinions if not ALL the members of Congress and ALL the Supreme Court members? Attendance is not agreement or endorsement. Attendance is important to the state of the nation. The executive is one of three branches of our system of government.

2) The chief justice has thereby exposed or encouraged the court to be seen as a partisan agency, rather than a participant in the promotion of the common good.

If I regret anything about the last 30 years, especially the last 16 years, it is the partisanship of politics. Each side must speak and march in lockstep. Does a dissenting view make for enemies or a conversation? It is increasingly difficult to vote a split ticket.

Comments

mr_right_wing 3 years, 5 months ago

I'm not sure on this one (suprised?) This could start a whole thing where only republicans come to hear the republican President, and likewise for democrats.

Let's at least try and maintain the illusion of being polite.

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Tom Shewmon 3 years, 5 months ago

The fact is, the tension will be SO thick at the next SOTU address, you'll need a Stihl MS 880 Magnum with a razor sharp chain to cut through it. WOW! Can't wait. Can't wait 'til a week from Tuesday either.

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Jimo 3 years, 5 months ago

'Yes, Justice Samuel Alito shook his head, mouthing “not true” '

Not true about what? We forget so soon.

Obama: "Last week, the Supreme Court reversed a century of law to open the floodgates for special interests — including foreign corporations — to spend without limit in our elections."

Allito: "Not true."

Who spoke truth here?

Roberts just doesn't want to show up and face the consequences of his judicial activism - a Congress bought and paid for by too big to fail corporate banks, a place where Congressman rush to the cameras of the Saudi-owned Fox News, a Congress where the members speak in hushed Chinese to their campaign contributors about how legislation has been altered in their favor.

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Richard Heckler 3 years, 5 months ago

Obamacare lawsuits based on what?

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Tom Shewmon 3 years, 5 months ago

Imagine when the lawsuits on ObamaCare start rolling into the SCOTUS and they start scratching their collective heads on what in the wide world of sports the 2600 pages says, then, the public start getting the nitty-gritty of it all. This should lead to the further unraveling of the Democratic Party.

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Mike Ford 3 years, 5 months ago

they were elected to be the partisan rubber stamps they are and they don't like hearing opposing views while they go to Koch Brothers functions and take part in hunting junkets in Louisiana. They are the original partisans. They steal elections and misinterpret laws to help their partisan friends. Naw, they're not partisan... no...

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KayCee 3 years, 5 months ago

I really don't see the Supreme Court as needing to be there, they decide on issues after the Congress passes laws. The Congress is there as the represetatives of the nation, and that is what the president is to address. Of course we usally see the president promoting his political views, but all of Washington is POLITICS.
So why can't the justices opt out, just like I turn off the TV when all I hear is the same old same.

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i_tching 3 years, 5 months ago

If Chief Justice Roberts won't listen to a President who espouses contrary views, then will he listen to legal arguments that are disagreeable to him? Would you want to plead your own case before someone who has already made up his mind and closed it to further consideration?

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Tom Shewmon 3 years, 5 months ago

I agree. It would be better if Alito just sat through it with a smug look on his face and rolled his eyes every other line----much like Hillary Clinton and others did during a GWB state of the union address. That would be much more partisan and effective.

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