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Roberts cries when taken to task by Obama

March 10, 2010

Roberts seems to have trouble accepting criticism of his recent decision to allow foreign investors to buy American elections.  Roberts claims he is “deeply troubled” by Obama’s break from decorum, as if no Americans are deeply troubled by allowing foreign investors to buy our politicians.  As far as Roberts issues with decorum go, it just shows how misguided the nations Federal Supreme Court justices are, living in a bubble, immune to most criticism, because they are never held personally accountable for the poor decisions they make.  Once that’s brought out in the open, people like Roberts and Scalia imply they will sit home and cry rather than listen to people complain at the very political function which they must atend.  Of course no one comments that if they didn’t like it the Supreme Court justices could retire, which is what Yahoo comments have stated, or they could not allow foreign investors to buy our elections.  So, what is the response of our nations esteemed Supreme Court when faced with criticism of their decisions?  Well, we’ll just stay home next time, don’t know why we have to be here anyway:

Roberts said he wonders whether justices should attend the address.

“To the extent the State of the Union has degenerated into a political pep rally, I’m not sure why we’re there,” said Roberts, a Republican nominee who joined the court in 2005.

Roberts said anyone is free to criticize the court and that some have an obligation to do so because of their positions.

“So I have no problems with that,” he said. “On the other hand, there is the issue of the setting, the circumstances and the decorum. The image of having the members of one branch of government standing up, literally surrounding the Supreme Court, cheering and hollering while the court — according the requirements of protocol — has to sit there expressionless, I think is very troubling.”

Notice Roberts isn’t saying that he was wrong or that members of the government should be able to criticize the Supreme Court (hello Senate judiciary hearings, Justices, where everyone gets to criticize you), but that the Court couldn’t respond back.  Roberts also assumes that the State of Union should somehow be immune to political divinations, as though politics has no place in the State of the Union, even as Roberts was appointed in a political process.  It’s all hypocrisy from the Federal Supreme Court, and one that the justices have enjoyed unabated and without critique for far too long. 

I am not alone in my views; check out some of the immediate reader comments to this story:

tia: and by not attending, roberts is being like ‘fine i’m taking my toys and going home’…..also, the repubs will use that to further divide the country…..suck it up roberts…. 

  • Maybe they shouldn’t have reversed a century of law. They could have tried that.(David H)
  •  emmag  He could just retire. Then he wouldn’t have to listen to anything he didn’t like.
  •  FrankI’ve watched a lot of State of the Union Addresses by Republican presidents and I can’t remember any that had any more decorum than Obama’s. Obama is a lawyer and he’s got every right to criticize that ruling.
  • Not all comments would be popular with justices, but then again, the Supreme Court may not make themselves publicly available to anyone–they may just stay home….

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    1. brokeharvardgrad permalink*
      March 26, 2010 3:33 pm

      In “Sad clown is sad” post, the author mentions Obama’s “hubris” in questioning the Supreme Court, as though by criticizing a Supreme Court decision, Obama somehow has not respected the boundaries of separations of powers. This reflection on Obama’s pronouncement demonstrates a quaint level of naive belief that there is any branch of government that does NOT have to be held accountable for the decisions made.


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