Calling out justices

January 28, 2010
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Anyone watching the State of Union Wednesday night catch the somewhat awkward moment between the president and the U.S. Supreme Court? Sitting front and center during the speech, the justices were called out for their ruling Jan. 21 that government can’t ban political spending by corporations in elections.

As President Barack Obama spoke about how the ruling will open up our elections to corporations here and abroad to spend without limits, the justices present for the speech sit there, mostly stoic, as attendees jumped to their feet to applaud the president.

Did you see Justice Samuel Alito scrunching up his face and shaking his head at the president’s comments? You can view a clip of it here. He also appears to mouth something, like “not true.”

I’d be uncomfortable if the president, during his State of the Union speech and in front of millions of people watching on TV, called me out for a decision he didn’t like. I imagine some of the justices were, but in order to make the big decisions on our nation’s laws, they must have thick skin.
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  • Thank you for providing consistent commentary on issues of concern to Indiana\'s legal community. However, is it too much to ask that you spell President Obama\'s name correctly? His name is Barack, not Barrack. It\'s a small difference, but I think the President has earned the right to have his named spelled correctly.

    Thank you.
  • My mistake. Thanks for calling it to my attention and thanks for reading.
  • Certainly his name deserves to be spelled correctly because if he found out he might call you out too!!!!!

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  1. Someone off their meds? C'mon John, it is called the politics of Empire. Get with the program, will ya? How can we build one world under secularist ideals without breaking a few eggs? Of course, once it is fully built, is the American public who will feel the deadly grip of the velvet glove. One cannot lay down with dogs without getting fleas. The cup of wrath is nearly full, John Smith, nearly full. Oops, there I go, almost sounding as alarmist as Smith. Guess he and I both need to listen to this again: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRnQ65J02XA

  2. Charles Rice was one of the greatest of the so-called great generation in America. I was privileged to count him among my mentors. He stood firm for Christ and Christ's Church in the Spirit of Thomas More, always quick to be a good servant of the King, but always God's first. I had Rice come speak to 700 in Fort Wayne as Obama took office. Rice was concerned that this rise of aggressive secularism and militant Islam were dual threats to Christendom,er, please forgive, I meant to say "Western Civilization". RIP Charlie. You are safe at home.

  3. It's a big fat black mark against the US that they radicalized a lot of these Afghan jihadis in the 80s to fight the soviets and then when they predictably got around to biting the hand that fed them, the US had to invade their homelands, install a bunch of corrupt drug kingpins and kleptocrats, take these guys and torture the hell out of them. Why for example did the US have to sodomize them? Dubya said "they hate us for our freedoms!" Here, try some of that freedom whether you like it or not!!! Now they got even more reasons to hate us-- lets just keep bombing the crap out of their populations, installing more puppet regimes, arming one faction against another, etc etc etc.... the US is becoming a monster. No wonder they hate us. Here's my modest recommendation. How about we follow "Just War" theory in the future. St Augustine had it right. How about we treat these obvious prisoners of war according to the Geneva convention instead of torturing them in sadistic and perverted ways.

  4. As usual, John is "spot-on." The subtle but poignant points he makes are numerous and warrant reflection by mediators and users. Oh but were it so simple.

  5. ACLU. Way to step up against the police state. I see a lot of things from the ACLU I don't like but this one is a gold star in its column.... instead of fighting it the authorities should apologize and back off.

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