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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentElections · 1 decade ago

Why does Obama promise changes he knows the US Supreme Court will say is Unconstitutional?

It appears unlikely that any of the other justices (Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Alito, Breyer, Kennedy, Scalia, and Thomas) would contemplate retirement before the 2012 election. The oldest of these six is Justice Scalia, at 71, but he shows no signs of slowing down, and surely is eager to pursue further the Court's rightward swing. Justice Anthony Kennedy, at 70, is the pivotal justice in almost every significant case - and seems to relish the enormous power associated with this role. The other Justices, too, have miles to go before they rest.

His messiah like powers will be tempered by the 5 conservative justice majority on the Supreme Court.

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  • 1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    Let's hope so.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Think the Supreme Court would stop Obama? Look up the case of Merriman vs US. It was a case that was heard with the plaintiff in absentia in 1863. Merriman had been arrested by the government but never charged with anything. When asked to supply the reason for his arrest or release him, none was given and he was kept in jail. His case was thrown out of Maryland state court and then taken to the Supreme court. The Chief Justice sent a US Marshal to retrieve Mr. Merriman from his prison for trial, but the marshal was threatened with incarceration himself if he didn't leave without the prisoner. Consequently. the case was heard in absentia, and Mr Merriman won. The chief Justice wrote the courts opinion which was delivered to both the prison commander and the president, good ol' honest Abe Lincoln. Lincoln was so enraged by the courts decision that he wrote an arrest order for the chief Justice. The marshal, being more pragmatic, failed to carry out the order.

    So,there is a historical precedent for the president overstepping the courts.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The supreme court has 5 justices who are over 70 at this time. More than likely these people are going to want to retire within the next 4 years. This will give Obama (or McCain if he wins) the choice of who will replace them. Obama knows that given the chance he will be able to replace them with people of his mentality. Imagine it now. Not only will we have Obama controlling the White House, Obamas friends Pelosi and Reid over the congress then we would have a Supreme Court that would agree 100% with Obama. There would be no checks and balances of his party. Anything he wants - any of his "changes" will just be rubber stamped all the way through and nobody will be able to stop him.'

    Scary **** huh?

  • Peon
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    1 decade ago

    thats because hes the son of satan, well for him thats a good thing i doubt he really feels strong for what hes saying, hes just saying it to get votes from the less informed people of America. I mean anybody with half a brain can figure out Obama is just a suck up and has no real plans to help America. If it wasnt for this crisis were in right now he would be another Bill Clinton, loved by all but hes not at the right place at the right time like Bill was. What he has proposed will actually make matters worse if anything.

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  • 1 decade ago

    It's for the votes...

    It is _all_ about the votes. Obama wants votes, McCain wants votes, Ron Paul wants votes...EVERYBODY WANTS VOTES.

    Politician is just another spelling of the word 'liar' and they will say absolutely _anything_ to get a vote.

    EDIT: Kennedy is NOT "middle of the road". Kennedy is a flaming liberal, he is just not as far gone as Obama.

    The entire political spectrum has shifted so far left that 2008 Republicans are almost identical to 1970 Democrats.

    2008 Democrats are so far left that they are almost right.

  • 3 years ago

    no longer effective. there's a high-quality chance Obama will be appointing 2 ideally suited courtroom Justices. it is each and each and every of the further reason I voted for Obama very last week, and against each and each and every Republian in nationwide, state, and native elections. This election concerns. Obama 08

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Last time I looked, "change" was not unconstitutional. The US has changed immensely over the last 250 years.

    The US President does not have "Messiah like powers", although the powers of the President were certainly strengthened during the Bush administration.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Kennedy is middle of the road.....

    BUT

    Obama says he wants to continue Bush's Faith Based Iniative where federal $$ is given to religious groups to do charity work. Obama, being a VERY liberal senator, opposed Roberts and Alito, who would probably be OK with Faith Based Iniative, and Obama would probably appoint liberals who would be opposed to having religion in any form in public life.

  • 1 decade ago

    Because in a 2007 interview he said he would appoint judges that ignore the Constitution, and instaed base their ruling on "empathy" for the poor, blacks, women, etc..

    If Obama gets elected, it is truly the death of America as we know it.

    Source(s): Speaking in July 2007 at a conference of Planned Parenthood, he said: "[W]e need somebody who's got the heart, the empathy, to recognize what it's like to be a young teenage mom. The empathy to understand what it's like to be poor, or African-American, or gay, or disabled, or old. And that's the criteria by which I'm going to be selecting my judges." http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122515067227674187...
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Dude, not to be mean or anything but this is horrendously naive question.

    Since when do any laws (or even constitutional limits) apply to politicians? Please study the past 30 years of politics then ask this question again. This government does what it wants when it wants.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    basically they cater to what ya wanna hear to get ya vote, with the shape our country is being left in who'd in thier right mind wanna be President? LOL

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