Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum want to abolish the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which Mr. Gingrich says is “consistently radical” — meaning it upholds civil rights and civil liberties and other things he doesn’t like. Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul say they would forbid the Supreme Court from ruling on same-sex marriage, forgetting perhaps that presidents don’t actually get to do that. Rick Perry has called for term limits for Supreme Court judges, although he hasn’t said whether he meant all of them, or just the liberal ones.
The cool folks at DC Decoder are rounding up short sets of questions/expectations/hopes for the next GOP debate from a handful of political bloggers on tumblr. I’m not totally sure what the end goal is, but it sounds like a sweet idea. They were kind enough to ask me to participate, and these are the questions I submitted:
- If you support a strong defense, do you want to keep our military spread thin in 130 nations and more than 650 bases worldwide?
- If you claim to adhere to the Constitution, do you support undeclared by Congress — and therefore unconstitutional — wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and arguably Pakistan and Somalia?
- If you claim to adhere to the Bill of Rights — notably the Fourth Amendment — do you support the PATRIOT Act?
- If you are a fiscal conservative, name two specific spending cuts you would support immediately as president and estimate the amount each would save per year.
- If you affirm the Declaration of Independence, please explain why the freedom to pursue happiness excludes recreational drug use which does not interfere with anyone else’s liberty, person, or property.
- If you are pro-life, please explain if your principles extend to unborn Iraqi and Afghan children. If not, explain why not.
- If you consider yourself a Christian, please quote any Bible passages you are aware of in which we might find Jesus changing people’s morality through legislation, keeping in mind that Jesus himself states that he supersedes the law of the Old Testament.
"We have 40,000 students coming to this country from all over the world. Are they would-be attackers?"
— Rand Paul.
There’s nothing unusual about Republicans denouncing illegal immigration. But a GOP senator attacking immigrants who come to this country legally to work and study is something new. (via corruptpolitics)
I’ve been using five succinct points when telling Republican friends and family members why continued funding for the arts should be a priority. Here they are: