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  1. Lymis says

    Appointing George W. Bush president well in advance of the Constitutional deadlines for voting procedures, and declaring corporations to be legal citizens for political purposes weren’t political acts, but defending the 5th Amendment and the Constitutional requirements for standing in federal court is?

    Blowhard. Go away.

  2. says

    It could be argued that the Supreme Court has morphed into a political organization, with 2 obvious exceptions being the DOMA and Prop 8 cases. As usual, O’Reilly has it backwards.

  3. El says

    And this just has to be said:

    When it comes to conservative wingnuts and other right-wing brainfarters, you guys are taking the very BEST screen grabs to illustrate these articles!

    XD

  4. Jack M says

    SCOTUS became a political organization when they handed down the Bush/Gore decision. Now it’s when they vote in a non-partisan fashion when it’s the exception.

  5. Jack says

    What O’Reilly got unhinged about was Roberts supposedly thinking about the “best interests of the Court” in making his rulings. Isn’t he right about that? Aren’t the justices supposed to rule on the constitutionality of things and not think of how its rulings are going to look?

  6. Caliban says

    I’m with Houndentenor. O’Reilly can’t *come* unhinged because he hasn’t been hinged in recent memory. The are shutters in OK City that are more firmly attached than Bill O’Reilly’s sanity!

  7. BABH says

    Jack: No, O’Reilly is wrong even there. The Supreme Court cannot enforce its own rulings. It relies on other branches of government for that. For the Court to retain its effectiveness, then, it must retain its legitimacy. It must not only do justice, it must *be seen* to be doing justice.

    The Court has been a political entity since 1789, when it was invested with the fundamental political authority of the judiciary.

  8. Troy says

    I lost count of how many times he used the word “loophole.” This was an opportunity to get a right-wing meme to combat the SCOTUS ruling that doesn’t make them happy.

  9. mike/ says

    HEY, BILL-O! why didn’t you add the Citizen’s United (CUB) decision with them? as well as the workplace harassment decision and the other ‘activist’ standings he & the others did just this year? they ain’t much different…….

  10. Homer says

    Society’s progress seems directly proportional to an increase in conservative unhingement. DOMA’s repeal is now excoriated as a political maneuver yet it’s passing was not. Nothing should surprise us by now how conservatives react – bullies in triumph and sore losers in defeat.

  11. Bob says

    It’s been a long time since I had civics class but wouldn’t it have been impossible to challenge the constitutionality of DOMA when it was enacted in 1996, because marriage equality wasn’t legal in any of the states at that time?

    I always thought that the only way to challenge the constitutionality of a law is to have a court case that makes it’s way up to the Supreme Court. Since marriage equality first happened in Massachusetts, there was nobody in 1996 who could bring a lawsuit forward.

    It would be like Congress voting to outlaw IVF in 1900. It would be impossible to challenge the constitutionality of that law until it was possible to even have IVF treatment.

    At that point, once someone was denied IVF treatment, they could sue and, if that lawsuit made it to the Supreme Court, the law could be declared unconstitutional.

  12. Time Marches On says

    Republicans have this fascination with the eighteenth century. They just can’t let it go. Ah, the glory days! Every now and then the twenty-first century interferes and they go nutz.

    “Everybody equal?”, harrumphed the elephant, “That’s not what our white Caucasian Christian forefathers meant at all! It isn’t, it isn’t, it isn’t!!!” …and they bang their rattles against the sides of their cribs for emphasis.

  13. anon says

    Not a good debate at all. They got their facts wrong and don’t know the law very well. Prop 8 was a Roberts decision, not Kennedy, and had they taken the case they could have still ruled against Prop 8. His real beef should be with Gov. Brown and the federal district court. There were no cases against DOMA in ’96 because there were no gay marriages anywhere at the time. The DOMA case has no bearing on how states define marriage so there’s no danger polygamy will be coming down the pike.

  14. Daya says

    I am tired of the far-rights cry of judicial activism. Many of us didn’t like the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission SCOTUS ruling — It’s time to just shut-up —
    I wish the far-right would take all this money and energy and use it to actually help people instead of trying to hold down people.
    I guess insecure people feel the only way they can assert themselves is to try to hold down other people. Get a life; help a life!

  15. Lucas H says

    You know, I have to admit I get some sort of perverse, guiltily gloating pleasure from watching the Right-Wingernuts blow their tiny little heads off while they freak out about TeH GayZ getting married OMG. Like, they are so, so upset about DOMA and Prop 8 being overturned, and they are being so dramatic about it, you’d think some bad, C-List Hollywood screenwriter would have scripted their reactions. I knew some of them had really ugly attitudes and were ugly on the inside to begin with, but now they cant even disguise it anymore.
    It would be funnier if it wasn’t also a bit depressing.

  16. maybe next time says

    When I saw the headline I was expecting to see O’Reilly unhinge his jaw perhaps to swallow one of the panelists. You can imagine my disappointment on viewing the video.

  17. Mr. M says

    The problem with legal referendums is that you are allowing a whole bunch of dumb-asses decide on the right of others based on their own myopic belief systems.

    I’m a straight, Canadian male and I’m proud to live in the first place in the world (Province of Ontario) where the government decided to edit the definition of marriage in a modern, secular manner and make it a civil affair … and the 4th country in the world to do such (8 years ago). And guess what – it was no big deal. People celebrated and everyone got on with their lives.

    It’s so strange to watch all the crazy religious nuts influence public policy in the USA. In the past decade, I have become more and more proud to be Canadian because we live and let live. Our government is not perfect, but people here are allowed to be who they are and choose who they want to love, worship, not worship, whatever.

    The only way the US will progress is for some brave politicians and judges to decide for the ignorant masses and let them catch up or just mind their own business.

    Yesterday being Canada Day and this week being the 4th of July, my wish is that the American people will soon be as free as we Canadians are.

  18. Rich says

    Jack: “What O’Reilly got unhinged about was Roberts supposedly thinking about the “best interests of the Court” in making his rulings. Isn’t he right about that? Aren’t the justices supposed to rule on the constitutionality of things and not think of how its rulings are going to look?”

    The Court has to look to its institutional future. It wants to continue to have the final word on what the Constitution means. I can’t see any other motive for the Court upholding the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War 2.

    You can’t criticize Roberts for taking that into account with the Affordable Care Act and give Ginsberg a pass for saying that Roe v Wade was too far too fast (though to be fair, she wasn’t voting on it).

  19. John Conolley says

    Being unhinged is his shtick. He doesn’t care about what’s right, what’s true, or what he believes. He cares about what will get a rise out of his audience. “What I said last week? Nobody cares what I said last week.”

  20. Rob says

    Typical O’Reilly. He can’t even get the facts right. It was NOT Kennedy that found the “loophole” to strike down Prop 8 – it was Roberts, Scalia, Kagan, Ginsburg and Breyer.

  21. says

    Fox News – doing its best to make sure that young kids who grow up in Fox News Watching households hate themselves, are terrified of their families, and realize that the American Right Wing utterly hates who they are.

    Wow.

  22. says

    O’Reilly is just one of the talking heads guarding the inhabitants of Bullsh*t Mountain from rejoining the world of the sane. Fox News is a propaganda machine which dumbs down America by the day through disinformation and their slanted agendas. See their anchors spewing forth feces from their mouths in my visual homage to the network on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-fox-news-scylla-guardian-of-bullsht.html

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