Monday, June 27, 2011

George Soros Trying To "Stack" U.S. Courts?

Is George Soros trying to "stack" U.S. courts with judges favorable to his political agenda in order to circumvent legislatures and democracy by writing law from the bench?

That's what critics are saying, who charge that George Soros has spent $45 million through his Open Society Institute fund in a systematic "campaign to reshape the judiciary."

As a blogger at Left Coast Rebel recently noted, "progressive" and Democratic groups and politicians love using the scaaary Koch Brothers and all their corporate money as a bogeyman to raise funds from their constituents and supporters.

He provided quotes from fundraising emails all from this past week alone that used the Koch Brothers as a political foil to rile up donors. In just one week, donors got emails from Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY), and Democratic strategist James Carville asking for donations to combat all that dirty corporate money that the Koch Brothers are polluting the political process with.

But it's a wonder that you never hear Democrats complaining about the millions in corporate money coming from billionaire George Soros. That's all good money, I guess. He's using it to help "their team" win. But if fears of corporate money in politics are genuine, they would probably apply to George Soros as well:

Fox News reports:

Billionaire George Soros spends tens of millions each year supporting a range of liberal social and political causes, from drug legalization to immigration reform to gay marriage to abolishing the death penalty.

But a less well-known Soros priority -- replacing elections for judges with selection-by-committee -- now has critics accusing him of trying to stack the courts.

Most non-federal judges around the country are selected by voters in elections. But some states use a process called “merit selection” in which a committee – often made up of lawyers – appoints judges to the bench instead.

Soros has spent several million dollars in the past decade in an attempt to get more states to scrap elections and adopt the merit method. Supporters say it would allow judges to focus on interpreting the law rather than on raising campaign funds and winning elections.

Interesting. So George Soros and his supporters are spending millions of dollars on the judicial system in order to get money out of the judicial system? A quote from a bumper sticker about "screwing for virginity" comes to mind.

And I've always wondered what the Democrats find so scary about the Koch brothers while having no problem at all with George Soros. Is it the fact that the Kochs also support gay marriage (which Obama opposes), liberalizing immigration laws, legalizing drugs, repealing the Patriot Act that Obama's autopen re-authorized, and ending Obama's wars in the Middle East?

Is that the scaary right-wing conspiracy they hope to stop all this Koch money from funding? Or is it the fact that maybe the Kochs are actually serious about these things, which just might rob George Soros of the credibility to keep funding the campaigns of fascists with Ds next to their name?




Wes Messamore,
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