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Should We Be Concerned?

After the Supreme Court delivered its decision, yesterday, ruling that terror suspects in Guantánamo Bay have a right to appeal their detention to a civilian court, both John McCain and George Bush delivered what I thought were disconcerting statements. Both the Republican nominee for President and the current President suggested that the dissents were the right decision. And while Bush said that he’d nevertheless abide by the ruling (wink, wink, heh heh), John McCain’s statement, “I think we should pay attention to John Robert’s” dissenting opinion, was kind of scary. It’s if he’s saying: Fuck the majority — if I’m elected President, I shall pick and choose whichever opinion I like the best, regardless of whether or not it’s a majority opinion.

Plus, I’m sure it’s happened frequently, but I certainly don’t recall a sitting President coming out and slamming the Supreme Court, especially one that gave him the Presidency in 2000. That Bush is not much on gratitude, is he?

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Well, Andrew Jackson comes to mind. Not only did he slam the Supreme Court in Worcester v. Georgia (he's rumored to have said "John Marshall has made his decision, now let him enforce it!"), he completely ignored their opinion and went ahead with the Trail of Tears anyway. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_jackson#Indian_removal)

Bush sucks, but he's not the first president to hate on the Supreme Court...

I know. What is the world coming to when people are allowed to have an opinion that is contrary to the majority?

And to express it publicly? Wow, it's almost like they think we have freedom of speech or something!