The following is a guest post by Joseph Hall.
Obama Stirs up Firestorm with Bellicose Attack on SCOTUS
It’s time for some political smack-down, and President Obama’s direct attacks on SCOTUS yesterday have garnered a quick response by the federal judiciary. This just out from CBS.com, “Appeals court fires back at Obama’s comments on health care case,” (Jan Crawford) reports:
“In the escalating battle between the administration and the judiciary, a federal appeals court apparently is calling the president’s bluff — ordering the Justice Department to answer by Thursday whether the Obama Administration believes that the courts have the right to strike down a federal law, according to a lawyer who was in the courtroom.
The order, by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, appears to be in direct response to the president’s comments yesterday about the Supreme Court’s review of the health care law. Mr. Obama all but threw down the gauntlet with the justices, saying he was “confident” the Court would not “take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress.”
While Obama has struck a more conciliatory tone today, the language he chose to use yesterday has revealed an Imperialist tone and has caught the attention of the federal judiciary. The 5th circuit has fired back demanding that Obama fully explain his true attitude about the court.
If past performance is any predictor of the administration’s intentions, there will be no reply by the deadline, showing that an insolent attitude truly permeates the White House.
For America, it’s game on! Let’s see what the president really thinks!
Submitted by: Joseph Hall