Friday, February 03, 2006

"Activist Judge:" enforced-semantic-shift mentioned in local press

The Arizona Daily Star carried a small article about Justice O'Connor, who's from southeast Arizona, in today's edition. O'Connor was apparently speaking out against changes in the way judges in Arizona are selected. The article quotes O'Connor's sage-sounding words regarding right-wing diddling of a term, "activist judges:"
"If you don't know about it, find out about it because it's real, it is very serious and, unless all of us take it seriously and do what we can to make the public understand, then an activist judge is a judge who gets up in the morning and goes to work."
Although the article does not go into much detail, it demonstrates, obtusely the NeoCon / BushCo strategy of attempting to destroy the credibility of those who don't tow the party line. "Activist judge" is a term used to describe judges who rule against BushCo policy, usually policy that steps on liberty, the Bill of Rights, destroys the environment, or supports the encroachment of fundamentalist-based social policy.

The key thing to know is the Bush admin. has been packing U.S. circuit courts with right-wing fundamentalists continually, and this has received very little press coverage. What O'Connor spoke out against yesterday in Tucson is the loonies in the Arizona legislature aping BushCo attempts to get hanging-judges installed in as many courts as possible.

More cheating from BushCo reflected by "conservatives" in Arizona- mirroring the dubious installation of Reagan-era hatchet-man Alito on the Supreme Court.

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