Newt Gingrich is fundamentally, historically-speaking, an "ideas factory." So when the manufacturing process goes awry and federal judges declare said ideas constitutionally defective, there is only one reasonable solution — dissolve the courts and arrest the judges…
GOP presidential frontrunner Newt Gingrich said Congress has the power to dispatch the Capitol Police or U.S. Marshals to apprehend a federal judge who renders a decision lawmakers broadly oppose.
Gingrich says if there is broad opposition to a court decision, Congress should subpoena the ruling judge to defend his or her action in a hearing room. When asked if Congress could enforce the subpoena by sending the Capitol Police to arrest a judge, Gingrich assented…
Gingrich made his remarks during a Sunday appearance on CBS's "Face the Nation" where he defended his position that the president has the power to eliminate federal courts to disempower judges who hand down decisions out of step with the rest of the nation.
West Georgia College made a grievous error in denying Gingrich tenure, as he's since taken a unique approach to teaching Americans about history and politics. For example, what better way to commemorate the death of Kim Jong-il than to bring a little slice of the Democratic People's Republic of North Korea to the United States, and show Americans what life is like when Congress uses its "inherent contempt" powers to roundup disagreeable justices?
And what better method to illustrate the importance of the separation of powers, which is supposedly being violated by an over-active judiciary, then to have the Article II executive branch dictate to the Article I legislative branch a list of Article III judges that should be held in contempt?
Unfortunately, Gingrich's drop in the polls — in Iowa, he's gone from 27% to 22% to 14% in just two weeks — means we may not be able to witness the historical re-creation of what former Reagan official Bruce Fein called, the "pre-Magna Carta days." The Newtian solution is clear — dissolve the caucuses and arrest the recalcitrant voters.
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