The Anniston Star

facebook twitter
September 1, 2014

Editorial: A political fight in the courts

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 10:15 pm

A theory — and just a theory — for how the lawsuit House Speaker John Boehner is threatening to file against President Barack Obama might work out in court.

The bailiff clears his throat and announces, “All persons having business before the court please rise and state your case.”

A buttoned-down attorney stands and looks squarely at the judge. “Your honor, my clients, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John Boehner and his congressional Republican colleagues, accuse Barack Hussein Obama, the 44th president of the United States, of violating the Constitution.”

The judge glances over the papers before him and asks, “And what evidence do the plaintiffs offer?”

“Your honor,” the lawyer begins, “President Obama has consistently gone beyond the bounds of his constitutionally mandated authority. Take the president’s executive orders pertaining to the health-care law, for example ...”

The judge cut off the attorney. “I take it that Speaker Boehner is prepared to demonstrate how he and the institution he leads was damaged by these allegations.”

“Judge,” the lawyer said, “clearly all Americans, including Mr. Boehner, have been injured by this president’s extra-constitutional acts.”

“While that’s touching, counselor, the law and court precedent requires more than campaign slogans,” the judge says before adding, “I find it noteworthy that your client is the same politician who has made much political hay out of calling for tort reform and tossing out complaints of judicial activism over every court ruling that he didn’t like.

“Yet, now,” the judge continued, “he brings a paper-thin lawsuit before this court, essentially asking a judge to referee what boils down to nothing more than a political fight. And those — political fights in general and this one specifically — are neither new, nor are they original or worth this court’s time. The nation’s history is littered with disagreements such as the one within this lawsuit.

“Further, the founders made a provision for the legislative branch to try the president, through impeachment.”

“Of course,” the judge said before banging his gavel and dismissing the case as frivolous, “I’m probably just another ‘activist judge’ in Mr. Boehner’s eyes.”

Rules of Conduct

  • 1 Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
  • 2 Don't Threaten or Abuse. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated. AND PLEASE TURN OFF CAPS LOCK.
  • 3 Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
  • 4 Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
  • 5 Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
  • 6 Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.

Welcome to the discussion.

Connect with us

Online poll

HOT BLAST: Do you plan to attend one or more college football games this season?

College football gets started this weekend. Will you be in the stands?

Total Votes: 73

Loading…

Featured Events