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alextoloman | Student | (Level 1) Honors

Posted December 18, 2011 at 3:44 AM via web

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What is your response to this article about Newt Gingrich's proposal regarding courts?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/newt-gingrichs-assault-on-activist-judges-draws-criticism-even-from-right/2011/12/17/gIQAoYa80O_story.html

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted December 18, 2011 at 3:50 AM (Answer #1)

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My response to this is that this is a fairly common conservative tactic.  However, I think that it is a bad idea because it eats away at the idea of judicial independence.

One of the major ideas on which our country is based is the idea of separation of powers.  There needs to be an independent judiciary to prevent legislatures from running all over the rights of the people.  If the legislature can simply abolish courts that it does not agree with, there is one less protection for our rights.  Therefore, this is a very bad idea, even if it might play well with some in the Republican primary electorate.

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