Monday, March 13, 2006

Is Blier's Group Targeting The Judiciary In Vermont?

ast week a story ran on NPR about former Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's concerns about the Republican and conservative critcisms of the courts, and the threat to our democracy that such a subordination of courts in the hierarchy of checks and balances poses.  In other press accounts here and here you can read about Justice O'Connor's observations.  And, as we learned, not a speech so very pleasing to Sister Nancy.

What struck us also was O'Connor's mention of Tom Delay's attacks on the judiciary when he didn't care for a unanimous decision (Schiavo) of the US Supreme Court in this quote by him:
"an arrogant, out-of-control, unaccountable judiciary that thumbed their nose at Congress and the president"
Similary, Kevin Blier has labeled some Vermont justices who also were part of an unanimous decision (Baker) as "unaccountable" and as "the epitome of arrogance."

Blier and his allies have repeatedly sought the removal of jurists that aren't sufficiently conservative in their decisions, and have sought to inflame public opinion where their legal arguments have proven inadequate and insufficient.  The appeal to mob emotion and the attempt to strong-arm the Vermont judiaciary and the legislature says more about the underlying weakness and dangerousness of Blier's group than we ever could.

What do fellow GOP conservatives say about The Center for American Cultural Renewal? "...(A)n organization with no Washington presence and little clout with social conservatives outside Vermont where it is based."


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