Friday, January 20, 2006


San Mateo Daily Journal

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It’s not just the issue of abortion. Judge Samuel Alito supports giving unprecedented powers to the executive branch, meaning George W. Bush, with no oversight and no checks on his power. This represents a radical view of presidential authority, extending to the point of overriding Congress’ jurisdiction in passing laws.

The only way that the president can get a dictatorial control on the country is to get control of the Supreme Court. If any two of those can get together, they can control the other. Well, it’s not likely the Supreme Court and Congress are going to make a dictator because there are plenty of both of them. It’s not likely that the president is going to be able to control the Congress too well and become a dictatorship. But if he can get control of five men or women.

He can then tell them what he wants and what he doesn’t want. He can have them declare any law that he doesn’t like unconstitutional, because it’s purely a matter of opinion, judicial opinion. Then the Congress is totally hamstrung.

They are absolutely ineffective because they cannot pass one single law against him. The Supreme Court will throw it out as unconstitutional. He can declare any law unconstitutional he doesn’t like, so that they can’t do anything unless they pass laws to suit him.

Ted Rudow III,MA
Menlo Park

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