Jindal: Let’s Just Shut Down the Judicial Branch

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal reacted to the Supreme Court making same-sex marriages legal nationwide by making one of the most asinine — and unconstitutional — proposals imaginable: I don’t like what the Supreme Court did, so let’s just get rid of it.

Louisiana Gov, Bobby Jindal (R) on Friday suggested doing away with the Supreme Court during a speech in Iowa that followed the court’s historic ruling on same-sex marriage.

“The Supreme Court is completely out of control, making laws on their own, and has become a public opinion poll instead of a judicial body,” he told the crowd, as quoted by The Advocate newspaper. “If we want to save some money lets just get rid of the court.”

Yeah, see, you actually can’t do that. It’s mandated in that pesky constitution you right wingers claim to love so much and know so little about. It’s one of the three branches of government. You know, separation of powers, checks and balances and all that. Maybe you were too busy doing exorcisms in college to pay attention during class.

“Yesterday, Justice Scalia noted that in the Obamacare ruling ‘words have no meaning,'” Jindal added, according to The Advocate. “Today, Chief Justice Roberts admitted that the gay marriage ruling had nothing to do with the Constitution. Marriage between a man and a woman was established by God, and no earthly court can alter that.”

Actually, an “earthly court” (as opposed to what, exactly?) just did. And you know what can’t actually do anything about that? You or your imaginary buddy.

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  • StevoR

    Then let’s also change the name Republican party to Dictatorship party and make the POTUS officially ‘El Presidente’ or Supreme KaiserTsarBigwig Chief eh Bobby J?

  • moarscienceplz

    So Bobby obviously means that the Citizens United decision should be vacated, too. Right, Bobby?

    *crickets*

    That’s what I thought.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    Yeah, see, you actually can’t do that. It’s mandated in that pesky constitution you right wingers claim to love so much and know so little about…

    So you’re saying that if he got rid of the Supreme Court, his actions would be overturned by – oh wait…

  • Pierce R. Butler

    The linked source story does not describe the audience’s reaction.

    Considering what we know of Iowa Republicans, I suspect there wasn’t a dry seat in the house.

  • Reginald Selkirk
  • marcus

    They posted a nice picture of Booby in the comment section, much more accurate than the authorized portrait:

    http://www.theargonath.cc/characters/gollum/soundstoppic.jpg

  • colnago80

    Actually, it is theoretically possible to shut down the SCOTUS. A constitutional amendment could be passed to remove Article 3 Section 1, which would abolish the court.

    http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution_transcript.html

  • D. C. Sessions

    Unless Modus does better than usual, RS@5 is going to win this one.

  • gshelley

    One interesting thing (to me at least) is that before the ruling, although everyone else was admitting it was about God, most politicians were still trying to pretend that they had some actual rational basis.

    That seems to have gone right out and they all now seem to be admitting it is just a religious thing.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    “The judge is dead.” [kneels beside body]

    “What we’ve got here is…” [takes of sunglasses] “…a judicial body.”

    {“Yeeeow!…” Teenage Wasteland plays}

  • John Pieret

    Reginald Selkirk @ 5:

    Jindal obviously applied for and got an exemption from that.

  • dingojack

    Well Bobby you’re gonna need a super-majority (in both houses) for that —

    You could always go for Plan B and burn down the Reichstag Supreme Court. (It worked a treat for your mentor…)

    @@

    Dingo

  • Reginald Selkirk

    One interesting thing (to me at least) is that before the ruling, although everyone else was admitting it was about God, most politicians were still trying to pretend that they had some actual rational basis.

    That seems to have gone right out and they all now seem to be admitting it is just a religious thing.

    That reminds me of the Kitzmiller v. Dover decision on Intelligent Design Creationism.

  • Larry

    Considering what we know of Iowa Republicans, I suspect there wasn’t a dry seat in the house.

    Your gonna need a bigger bottle of brain bleach after reading that.

  • D. C. Sessions

    {“Yeeeow!…” Teenage Wasteland plays}

    And what, Modus, is Baba O’Reilly playing?

  • http://www.thelosersleague.com theschwa

    Modus (#10): {“Yeeeow!…” Teenage Wasteland plays}

    Oh, Modus! I cannot believe Obama got to you! You are swallowing the liberal gay agenda! Everyone knows that CSI: Miami, like II Thessalonians, opens with Won’t Get Fooled Again! Don’t believe the lies by the likes of Madelyn Murray O’Hare or Baba O’Riley!!

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    This is par for the course. Every time the courts put out a ruling that the right doesn’t like, they don’t just complain about the ruling itself, they attack the very legitimacy of the courts. (Obviously, when it’s a ruling they like, it may as well have been issued by Jesus himself.) As with so many other things, “Constitutional Conservatives” are mostly in the business of attacking the Constitutional order simply because they can’t get their own way. There’s really no analogue on the left that I’m aware of. Liberals bitch about this ruling or that, but they don’t question the legality of the whole thing or the very foundation of judicial review.

  • Doug Little

    I get the feeling that all conservatives should at least know the answers to and background behind the 100 civics questions that you need to know for your naturalization interview, that would weed out 90% of their inane statements about the constitution… or probably not.

  • Damien McLeod

    With Mr. Jindal claiming membership in the human species, it kinda makes me wish I could op-out, join some other species. It makes me feel ashamed sharing the same gene pool with him.

  • caseloweraz

    Actually, an “earthly court” (as opposed to what, exactly?) just did. And you know what can’t actually do anything about that? You or your imaginary buddy.

    Perhaps Mr. Jindal hopes the Peace Council of the Emerald Planet will reconvene and send Super Giant (aka Ultraman) here to destroy evil (as Jindal defines it.)

  • naturalcynic

    After seeing Jindal’s, uh charming??, video of his presidential run announcement with his kids in the gazebo where he promised them a trip to Iowa…

    Did he bring them and did they do cringing eyerolling facepalms saying “OH DAAAAAADD…”

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    D. C. Sessions & theschwa, to be fair, the shows only aired after I went in, and the screws took away my radio after I fashioned it in to a shiv and got a little bit stabby.