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John Dean Whine

 

If you've ever wondered what it is about John Dean Whine that you didn't like, maybe his latest article will help clear things up for you, just as it did for me.

John Dean is a raging "liberal".

It's usually not worth correcting someone's grammar, but in this case, his logical errors and erroneous assumptions seem to have a close relationship to his grammatical errors.  Thus, his grammatical errors, logical errors, as well as erroneous assumptions, are corrected below in red. 

You don't need to be a Bush supporter, nor even like Bush, to take exception with the mad rantings of such "liberals".

Dangerous Times Ahead After Election 2002
By John W. Dean
FindLaw.com

Despite the Nation's Deep Divisions and Bush v. Gore, The President Plans On Filling The Courts With Right Wing Judges

Friday, Nov. 08, 2002

Election 2002 does not give the Bush-Cheney administration a mandate to load the federal judiciary with right wing judges. The voters, after all, had the economy and the war on their minds - not the federal courts. But if you doubt it's about to happen, just sit tight and wait.

By denying that the Republicans now have a mandate to appoint the judges they want, Dean invalidates his own criticism.  They now do have such a mandate, and whining that they don't is like crying over spilt milk.  He also fails to specify exactly what it is about "hard right core" judges he objects to.  Is Dean worried that they will follow the will of three quarters of Americans by:

  1. Upholding sodomy laws?
  2. Upholding adultery laws?
  3. "Legalizing" spoken Christian prayer in public schools?
  4. Outlawing abortions?
  5. Increasing the clearance rate for murder from 60% to 95%?

The headlines and accompanying stories two days after the election tell the tale: The Los Angeles Times led with "Bush Gets Credit, Clout for Leading GOP Sweep." Meanwhile, The Wall Street Journal proclaimed "GOP Sweep Gives A Boost to Bush - and Business." And The New York Times reported that "Victorious Republicans Preparing A Drive For Bush Agenda And Judgeship Nominees".

Each of these leading news journals reports that the Bush Administration will soon make an effort to pack the federal courts with socially, economically and politically conservative judges. Worse, these judges will be the type who view positions on the judiciary as a prize opportunity to make their philosophy the law of the land.

The Bush-Cheney White House believes it has been reborn. In truth, Election 2002 has only given the GOP technical control. But that is all this White House believes they need. So does much of the Republican news media.

If they have only "technical control", then what kind of control did the "liberals" have when they were an even smaller minority, particularly when Clinton became president with less than a quarter of American voters voting for him?  You have to wonder if Dean even thinks about what he writes.  He seems to be speaking for someone else, rather than expressing his own thoughts.

The Administration Tried to Push Judges Without A Mandate Earlier, Too

It has been known ever since the early months of the Bush-Cheney administration that the fact they do not even have a majority of public support is, in their view, irrelevant. They have the power, and that's all that counts.

Kinda like Clinton?

Recall that the Republicans lack a majority of popular support (Gore-Lieberman had a half-million vote plurality over Bush-Cheney), and were forced to gain control of the Senate by using Vice President Cheney's tie-breaking vote. Nevertheless, following the 2000 presidential election the Bush-Cheney presidency proceeded as if they had won office by acclamation.

Dean is a putative "lawyer".  He supposedly knows how the law works.  Even lawyers are aware of how the electoral college is SUPPOSED to work, so what's the criticism about it now?  And exactly how was Bush supposed to proceed?

This type of criticism seems like a back-handed way to garner support for Bush, because the effect is to cause "conservatives" who don't even like Bush to defend him

Defending the system must not be confused with defending the despicable actions of the Bush Administration, though.

The Bush-Cheney White House soon told the American Bar Association committee that has been assisting in the selection of federal judges since the Eisenhower administration to get lost. Without ABA assistance, the White House quickly rolled out its initial gaggle of conservative judicial nominees.

And what possible objection could "liberals" like Dean have to taking control of our own government back from known communists with the worst track record in appointing judges in human history?

But before the Bush-Cheney team really got going, Vermont Republican Senator Jim Jeffords decided he had seen enough to make his decision. In late May 2001, he bolted from the GOP, declaring himself an Independent who was prepared to vote with the Democrats to give them control of the Senate.

With Democrats suddenly back in control of the Senate, the Bush-Cheney White House was forced to retreat, and to work with Congress to develop a legislative program. Yet they continued to send hard right judicial nominees to the Senate, simply stacking them on the Senate's doorstep for hoped-for confirmations.

September 11, 2001, of course, recast the Bush-Cheney presidency. Bush, the former prep-school cheerleader, climbed atop the rubble of the World Trade Center with a megaphone and found his voice. Meanwhile, Cheney, the closed-door politician and military aficionado, headed underground, clutching briefing books. There he perfected using his "hidden hand" to run the Bush-Cheney government.

For the Bush Administration, War Is A Political Strategy As Well

September 11th sent Bush's approval ratings into the stratosphere, with some polls giving him a ninety percent approval. Bush's Dick Morris, Karl Rove, had found political gold: George W. Bush - war president. Rove advised the president (and everyone else) to start talking war. They did, and it buried every other issue.

War presidents automatically win public approval. When Rove ran out of Taliban, he substituted Saddam Hussein. Bush's approval has remained at about sixty percent. Americans will be at war as long as Bush is in office - whether the war is against Iraq, or is the indefinite "war on terrorism."

Without war talk, the White House might have been stymied by a Senate controlled by Democrats, and Democrats threatening to take control of the House as well. Try to imagine a Bush Administration without September 11, and it will become clear how thoroughly war has taken over the agenda.

The November 2002 Election Was Not A Bush-Cheney Referendum

Rove also got his boss to take another low risk, high reward effort to get control of the Congress: Take the bully pulpit, and presidential road show, on the campaign trail. Try to transfer your own solid popularity to Republican candidates.

It worked. Bush raised a staggering $140 million for the midterm elections, and by barnstorming key races in the weeks before the election, he made a difference.

But what difference was it, exactly? The difference was that the Republicans now have technical control of Congres[]. It was not that the Bush-Cheney presidency won a new mandate to replace the one the Administration lacked in the 2000 election. The public won't weigh in on the Presidency again until 2004 - and it did not view this intermediate election as a referendum on the Presidency.

Which obscures the far more important point, which is that the public overwhelmingly REJECTED precisely the "liberal" notions that Dean put forth in this critique, as well as are offended by his condescending manner.

Notwithstanding the spin to the contrary, the nation has not just held a plebiscite on the Bush-Cheney presidency. Polls show exactly the opposite.

The Polls Belie Any Claim of A Mandate for the Bush Administration

On November 4 of this year, the day before the election, the Gallup organization asked voters if their vote for a local candidate would (a) "be made in order to send a message you SUPPORT George W. Bush," (b) "be made in order to send a message that your OPPOSE George W. Bush," or (c) "will you NOT be sending a message about George W. Bush with your vote?"

Thirty-five percent were sending a message of support, and eighteen percent were sending a message of opposition. However, the bulk of the voters, forty-five percent, said they were not sending any message to Bush whatsoever.

With only a third of the voters sending a message of support, the 2002 midterm is hardily a national referendum on Bush. Interesting, even many of those voters who contribute to Bush's high popularity rating plainly had no intention of weighing in on him in this election; if they had, Gallup's number of voters sending a positive message on Bush would have been much higher.

EXACTLY, Dean.   This was intended to give you "liberals" the message that you're finished and that your "ideas" have come to a screeching halt, not to endorse baby Bush.

Rejecting "liberals" and supporting Bush ARE two different phenomena that cannot meet the connection you want to make.

A Nation Still Divided - But Judicial Nominees of A Single Philosophy

The margin of the 2002 midterm vote was so thin it says exactly the same thing to the nation that voters said in 2000. As Los Angeles Times political analyst Ron Brownstein notes: "However the final races sort out, it appears that the Republican advance Tuesday wasn't large enough to suggest that they have decisively broken out of the 50-50 divide that has defined American politics for the last half-decade."

We are a divided nation. [Yes, when 4% of the population who are "liberals" are permitted to rule the 93% who are Christians for more than half a century, this division isn't as it should, and will, be].  And when all of the minority parties are added into the equation, the Republicans - particularly the right-wing of the party - remain in the minority. Nevertheless, Bush's hard right core constituency wants more than anything else to pack the federal courts with those who share their thinking, and are willing to impose it through the court system.

Could a "liberal" REALLY believe this would be worse than what "liberals" imposed through the court system?

These judges are the most inappropriate conceivable in these times: They are uniform in perspective and activist in imprinting that perspective on the law.

To keep his hard right constituency happy, Bush is scouring the legal community for conservative judicial appointees. I promise, you've seen nothing so far: Nominees to come will be, if anything, far more objectionable than those already considered.

It would please me greatly if just ONE "liberal" would describe exactly what it is that they find "objectionable" to upholding the US Constitution and the principles of the Holy Bible, but they are all so emotional about the issues that they can never seem to grasp them.

Unfortunately for everyone, this is a very dangerous, short-sighted political game.

The Dangers Of Majority Control, as Seen By Tocqueville and Madison

Alexis de Tocqueville, considered by many both on the right and the left to be a perceptive and wise a commentator on American democracy, long ago warned of the problems facing any majority. To make the point, he called it the tyranny of the majority.

Of course people like Dean prefer their own tyranny of the minority--the minority called "liberals".

Too bad, Dean.  Your kind lost, and lost big time, and hopefully lost forever.

"My greatest complaint against democratic government as organized in the United States," de Tocqueville writes in Democracy In America, ". . . is not the extreme freedom reigning there but the shortage of guarantees against tyranny." (Quotation from Mayer transl.)

The French political observer and thinker noted that when legislative, executive, and judicial branches think differently, tyranny is checked. Yet conservative Republicans currently seek to impose their philosophy by, in fact, controlling all branches: Not content to dominate the executive and legislative branches, they will make their bid for the judiciary, as well.

But when a majority can control all branches, de Tocqueville explained, there is a danger: "If ever freedom is lost in America, that will be due to the omnipotence of the majority driving the minority to desperation and forcing them to appeal to physical force."

Like when Clinton was merely IMPEACHED for crimes that would have gotten a "normal" citizen imprisoned for 40 years?

This concern was not new to de Tocqueville; rather he drew from the thoughts of founder James Madison. Madison explained in Federalist No. 51 why a majority must be checked by the minority: "In a society under the forms of which the stronger faction can readily unite and oppress the weaker, anarchy may as truly said to reign as in a state of nature."

For this reason, the system was designed with checks and balances. Today, their remains but one possible check on Bush's effort to pack the judiciary (or force other unacceptable programs through Congress). This last check is the Democrats' final chance to keep control of at least one branch.

Will Democrats Employ The Only Check On The Bush-Cheney Administration?

Before Senator Jeffords bolted and gave the Democrats control of the Senate, the Democrats showed great reluctance to use this last remaining check: the filibuster. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich surmised, reflecting on the return of Republican control, that Democrats simply can't keep saying "no." But now Democrats may have to learn to do just that.

Packing the judiciary is going to become a truly high-stakes game when one or more of the aging conservative Supreme Court justices step down. Never has that been more likely to happen than during the next year. It will occur long before the presidential race, so the argument can't be used that filling the high court must be left to the next president.

Meanwhile, there are presently sixteen conservative Bush judicial nominees awaiting confirmation. It is possible none of these nominees would ever have been approved. Yet now they are all, at least, going to be processed, and doubtless some, if not all, will be confirmed.

Bush aides have said that given the changed situation, the White House will resubmit the rejected nominations of Charles Pickering of Mississippi and Priscilla Owen of Texas. Both Pickering and Owen were earlier rejected for seats on the United States Court of Appeals by the then-Democratically-controlled Senate.

The GOP is still far short of a 60-vote, filibuster-proof majority in favor of its nominations. Will Democrats use the filibuster to prevent Bush from packing the judiciary (and for other conservative initiatives)?

I don't know. I do know if they don't, we will have a tyranny of a technical majority, which is - in truth - a minority that has the reins of government in its hands.

Which simply ignores the fact that Clinton was supported by an even smaller minority of Americans, having been elected by only 43.3% of the voters at a time when voting turn-out was only 55.2% of the voting age population.

Why do "liberals" so studiously ignore that Clinton's "mandate" was established by less than a quarter of American voters, while criticizing a man who got 49.9% of the vote from those who voted?

Even if you hate Bush and his despicable policies, which all thinking Americans must do, the gall of the John Dean Whine is appalling.  How do we know if he's disingenuous, or just plain STUPID?  Or if he's parroting someone else's "ideology" without realizing that it can't possibly fit reality?

Or are lawyers really this STUPID?

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John Dean, a FindLaw columnist, is a former Counsel to the President of the United States.

(In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, this material is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes.)

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