Monday, July 25, 2005

On Senate Consent

Ol' BC read an interesting statistic recently. Of the roughly 150 U.S. Supreme Court justices, only about 25 to 30 (I don't remember the exact number) have deemed it necessary to address the Senate. This seems like a much more cost efficient process compared to the recent bombardment of nominees by the Judiciary Committee. For years it was considered bad manners for a nominee to feel compelled to plead his case to the Senate. Somehow, that has all changed as Senators now seem to want all the TV time they can muster. It appears to me that framers had a pretty good process defined and over the years it has been obliterated. Andrea Neal noted in one of her columns

Alexander Hamilton would be appalled. Special-interest hysteria is exactly
what he and the framers hoped to avoid when they decided that the president
would nominate Supreme Court justices and the U.S. Senate would approve or
reject them.

Just an observation.


At 11:17 AM, Blogger Sir Loin of Beef said...

It does seem a trifle excessive. I think the framers of the Constitution foresaw this sort of thing, though. Unfortunately, as they rightly saw, the only cure is revolution, whether modest or full-scale.

Government will continue to grow. It will not shrink, for it seeks, like a maturing entity, only to further its own existence. All efforts to "shrink" government winds up being so much lip service.

The only way to decrease this sort of thing is to gut the whole thing and start over. Unfortunately we are all to damned fat, dumb, happy, and over-entertained and over-mediaed to give a damn.

At 12:18 PM, Blogger Ol' BC said...

Yes, Sir Loin, government does tend to only grow and history has shown that eventually its obesity will kill it. There are those of us who are hopeful that the growth can be reversed. Not likely, but I hope for the best and expect the worst. Maybe some generation will have the fortitude to insist on the reversal and try to prolong and improve our way of life.

At 1:19 PM, Blogger Sir Loin of Beef said...

Oh, some generation will have the fortitude, but I would wager not until they are not so fat, dumb, and happy.... :)

At 11:18 PM, Blogger RightWingRocker said...

***Smiling in admiration***



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