Shut Up and Leave
That is my polite request of John Ashcroft, ungranted thus far, as he continues to spout off about, of all things, constitutionality:
Attorney General John Ashcroft declared yesterday that "dangerous and constitutionally questionable" rulings by federal judges that challenge a president's powers in wartime were jeopardizing national security.
Ashcroft's Justice Department has been dealt a string of court defeats in recent months calling into question the administration's antiterrorism strategies. In a speech before the conservative Federalist Society yesterday, he called the trend "profoundly disturbing."
The remarks were Ashcroft's first since the White House announced Tuesday that he was stepping down.
"The danger I see here is that intrusive judicial oversight and second-guessing of presidential determinations in these critical areas can put at risk the very security of our nation in a time of war," Ashcroft said.
"Our nation and our liberty will be all the more in jeopardy as the tendency for judicial encroachment and ideological micromanagement are applied to the sensitive domain of national defense," he said.