I have been reading about the Supreme Court’s decision in Bourmediene v Bush, and I’ve found it enormously disturbing. I’ve read blog posts about it from around the blogosphere – everything from the braggart “Supreme-Court-Showed-Bush-Who-Was-Boss” type posts to “This-Decision-will-have-far-reaching-repercussions” type posts. The most well spoken post was by Fred Thompson at Townhall.
It is truly stunning that this court has seen fit to arrogate unto itself a role in the most important issue facing any country, self-defense, in a case in which Congress has in fact repeatedly acted. This was not a case where Congress did not set the rules; it did. But the court still decided â€“ in the face of overwhelming precedent to the contrary â€“ to intervene. This decision, or course, will allow for “President Bush Is Rebuffedâ€ headlines, the implication being that the Administration was caught red-handed violating clearly established Constitutional rights when in fact the Administration, and the Congress for that matter, followed guidelines established by the Supreme Court itself in prior cases.
People can disagree over whether Congress got it right, but at least members have to face the voters. What remedy do people have now if they donâ€™t like the courtâ€™s decision? None. If that thought is not enough to cause concerned citizens to turn out on Election Day to elect a new president, then I donâ€™t know what will be.
And considering that the liberal Supreme Court judges were the majority in this decision, it is obvious we need to elect John McCain as President in November.