Which (one) of the following does not belong?
d) The federal judiciary
If you selected (d) you win. But not for any reason you might think. The first three are - or were - political / social / economic movements that tried but failed to destroy our country. The fourth, our court system, is having much greater success.
Here is today's example (from the Charleston Gazette):
Bush, industry seek reversal of mine rulingWhile hundreds of thousands of the most impoverished people in the country attempt to scratch out a living by bringing to market the only commodity in abundance in this part of the world, a federal judge toys with legal precedents and gains admission to cocktail parties of the very hip and well-connected (oh, and lavishly well-funded) environmental groups by thwarting the efforts of our coal miners.
By Ken Ward Jr., Staff writer
A federal judge overstepped his authority when he blocked the streamlined permitting of new mountaintop removal coal mines, the Bush administration says in a new legal brief.
Lawyers for the Army Corps of Engineers asked a federal appeals court to overturn the July 2004 ruling by U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin.
Corps lawyers said that Goodwin’s ruling came in the third legal effort to “halt the practice of valley fill mining.”
Specifically, the Goodwin ruling examined the corps’ historic practice of approving valley ill waste piles through a Clean Water Act authorization called Nationwide Permit 21, or NWP 21.
Under the law, such permits are supposed to be used only to approve categories of activities that, cumulatively, would have minimal environmental effect.
In October 2003, the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, Coal River Mountain Watch and the Natural Resources Defense Council sued the corps over this practice. Lawyers for those groups argued that the corps could only approve valley fills through individual permits, which receive more detailed reviews.
In his July 8, 2004, opinion, Goodwin ruled that the corps had never concluded that valley fills caused only minimal adverse impacts.
Without such a finding, the judge said, the corps cannot use NWP 21 for any mining permits. (link)
Judge Goodwin. Doing to America what tyrants, blackguards, and monsters were never able to do.