The Cancer of Judicialized Politics in the so-called Impeachment Hearings

Fred Siegel

“…a judicialized politics tries to bypass public consent. Profoundly anti-democratic when it goes beyond vindicating the fundamental rights of citizenship, judicial politics alienates voters by placing public policy in the private hands of lawyers and litigants. And because rights are absolute, it polarizes by producing winner-take-all outcomes, in which the losers tend to feel embittered. The politics of rights displaces the Bill of Rights and subverts the constitutional design for self-government. In effective democratic politics, opponents must rely upon a public process of persuasion and deliberation; the politics of rights replaced that process with a judiciary whose swollen powers [bring] disrepute to the essential notion of rights even as it [undermines] public trust in government. Abraham Lincoln anticipated the plight of [today’s] voters in his first inaugural address:  “If the policy of the government, upon vital questions, affecting the whole people, is to be irrevocably fixed by decisions of the Supreme Court, the instant they are made, in ordinary litigation … the people will have ceased to be their own rulers [and armed revolution will follow sooner or later].” The Revolt Against the Masses, copyright © 2013 by Fred Siegel, Encounter Books, Page 176.

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The Return of The People’s Court

Today’s Impeachment Evidence Hearing follows, very carefully, the restrictive processes set by The People’s Court (the Third Reich’s Volksgerichtshof) established by Adolph Hitler in 1934.

Barry Berke, the special oversight counsel to the Impeachment Committee, seems as well to mimic the Reich’s prime overseer, Roland Freisler, which is beyond troubling; darkness on display. Such darkness; evil on display, has been recognized for millennia because lawyer’s “…probabilities and plausible arguments involve no knowledge concerning truth, but trial and disputation and wrangling conflict and contentiousness and everything of that sort.”[i] This is all politics gone wild.

[i] Philo, Volume I, Book III, edited by G. P. Gould, The Loeb Classical Library (LCL 226), Page 459, year 1991.

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The Impeachment Circus

Today, the house judiciary heard from these selected ‘witnesses’:

Noah Feldman: Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law and Director, Julius-Rabinowitz Program on Jewish and Israeli Law,  Harvard Law School

Pamela S. Karlan: Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Professor of Public Interest Law and Co-Director, Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, Stanford Law School

Michael Gerhardt: Burton Craige Distinguished Professor Jurisprudence, The University of North Carolina School of Law

Jonathan Turley: J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law, The George Washington University Law School

Now, a bit about such people; doctors of law, lawyers, attorneys, and teachers of jurisprudence in general : Their “…probabilities and plausible arguments involve no knowledge concerning truth, but trial and disputation and wrangling conflict and contentiousness and everything of that sort.” — Philo, Volume I, Book III, edited by G. P. Gould, The Loeb Classical Library (LCL 226), Page 459, year 1991.

Philo, born ca. 20 B.C.

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Somebody is Watching…

Stephen M. Barr

“The mathematical descriptions of the physical world given to us by quantum theory presuppose the existence of observers who lie outside those mathematical descriptions.” ― Modern Physics and Ancient Faith, Stephen M. Barr, University of Notre Dame Press, Notre Dame, Indiana ©2003, Page 238.

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Mother Nature; Mother Earth; Natural Environment – Unchecked, Killers All…

Jordan B. Peterson

The order that is most real is the order that is most unchanging—and that is not necessarily the order that is most easily seen. The leaf, when perceived, might blind the observer to the tree. The tree can blind him to the forest. And some things that are most real (such as the ever-present dominance hierarchy) cannot be “seen” at all.

It is also a mistake to conceptualize nature romantically. Rich, modern city-dwellers, surrounded by hot, baking concrete, imagine the environment as something pristine and paradisal, like a French impressionist landscape. Eco-activists, even more idealistic in their viewpoint, envision nature as harmoniously balanced and perfect, absent the disruptions and depredations of mankind. Unfortunately, “the environment” is also elephantiasis and guinea worms (don’t ask), anopheles mosquitoes and malaria, starvation-level droughts, AIDS and the Black Plague. We don’t fantasize about the beauty of these aspects of nature, although they are just as real as their Edenic counterparts. It is because of the existence of such things, of course, that we attempt to modify our surroundings, protecting our children, building cities and transportation systems and growing food and generating power. If Mother Nature wasn’t so hell-bent on our destruction, it would be easier for us to exist in simple harmony with her dictates.

Peterson, Jordan B., 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos (p. 14). Random House of Canada. Kindle Edition.

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A Didactic Paragraph on the Poem, In Flanders Fields

Dr. John McCrea

Stamp Honoring Dr. John McCrea

“To understand John McCrae’s war experience and his poetry, one must imagine carnage on a scale that no one of the information age has seen. The Western Front in World War I, rivalled only by the Eastern War in World War II, was industrialized homicide on a scale that resists imagination. The Americans lost 2,400 people in Afghanistan in thirteen years. On July 1, 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme, the British Empire took 58,000 casualties, dead and wounded. Sixty miles of prostrate bodies, laid head to toe. In a day.” In Flanders Fields – 100 Years. All right reserved under International and Pan-American Copyright Conventions. Published in 2015 by Alfred A, Knopf Canada, a division of Random House Canada by Penguin Random House Canada Limited, Toronto, Page 113.

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The Cow

The cow is of the bovine ilk; one end is moo, the other milk.

 

Ogden Nash

  • from You Can’t Get There from Here.
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