Conservative Activist Judges and Movement Conservatism

Posted by AzBlueMeanie:

I told you about the intersection between Republican presidents having stacked the federal judiciary with conservative activist judges (like John Roberts) over the years with billionaire-funded conservative think tanks that provide full employment for Federalist Society lawyers to bring "junk lawsuits" on frivolous constitutional grounds to advance conservative causes. Working together in tandem they are "reinterpreting" the U.S. Constitution and the rules of law as they create the brave new world of the corporatocracy. Judge shopping strategy pays off for opponents of Affordable Care Act.

Gaius Publius at has more on Judge Hudson and the real story here. Judge who struck down individual mandate has ties to Movement Conservatism:

But back to Judge Hudson. According an Alliance for Justice backgrounder (pdf):

In 2007, Judge Hudson published a memoir, “Quest for Justice: From Deputy Sheriff to Federal Judge…and Lessons Learned Along the Way.” The Washington Post reported the following excerpt from the book:

“During my early years as a prosecutor I was narrow-minded and at times offensively self-righteous,” [Judge Hudson] writes … “I lied to the General Assembly and the Fairfax County Bar Association when I told them unequivocally that I had no intention of seeking a federal judgeship,” the former Fairfax judge writes. “Perhaps lied is too strong a term.”

The book received positive reviews from noted conservative commentators, including Oliver North.

SO WHAT do we have here? Ignore the connection to health care reform — that's just the glitzy headline. The real connection, and the real story, is the connection to Movement Conservatism:

1. Judge Hudson is a career Movement activist, a founder of Movement organizations, a person supported at every step by Movement activists and their organizations, a man elevated to the U.S. District Court by a Movement president, who was himself made president by Movement Conservatives activists on the U.S. Supreme Court.

2. Hudson lied to gain his position, as many Movement Conservatives have done, including, to all appearances, prominent sitting justices. He's in the "anything to win" crowd, filled with people who have been "anointed by God" to bring God to the country. People, in other words, whose self-assigned goodness transcends the need for conscience.

This is what the nation is facing: not some low-level corruption, the washing of a few thousand beans among friends with a health-care bug in their pants. But one more encounter with a radical revolutionary Movement whose cause is "just", whose God is severe, and whose conscience has been carefully chloroformed.

They've been at this since the 1970s, relentlessly pushing the ball down the field, one generation after another. And as Judge Hudson proudly shows us, they're at it as we speak.

See what you get when you poke into one corrupt little rathole? You get the history of the the last forty years.

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