The federal judge who dismissed lawsuits by Tea Party groups against the Internal Revenue Service was nominated by President George W. Bush. The media is making sure everyone knows that.
Judge Reggie Walton was “a Republican-appointed federal judge,” Politico tells us. “Walton [was] a President George W. Bush-appointee.”
“Walton was nominated as a federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, by President George W. Bush in 2001,” USA Today chimed in. That background was also noted in stories appearing in “conservative” sites, creating the impression that, even if the decision may be unpopular in some circles, at least it reflects a spirit of bipartisanship, and what we can do when we put aside oue differences and work together.
What it actually reflects is the destructive effect of Stupid Party compromises, the “kinder, gentler” and “compassionate conservatism” that’s been at the squishy RINO core of the Bush family political dynasty, beginning with old man. And this isn’t the first time Walton has shown the stuff he’s made of.
The guy has proven time and again, oath to the Constitution be damned, his true allegiance is to unrestrained government. As presiding judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, BuzzFeed noted, Walton “dramatically expanded the ability of the federal government to use controversial techniques to gather intelligence on Americans both at home and abroad that have outraged civil libertarians.”
Walton was appointed to that position by Chief Justice John Roberts (the guy who betrayed his backers on Obamacare).
“In more than a dozen classified rulings, the nation’s surveillance court has created a secret body of law,” The New York Times reported. “[I]t has quietly become almost a parallel Supreme Court…”
Walton, naturally, is also an avowed judicial opponent of the right of the people to keep and bear arms. A Gomer link seems in order here.
“U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton last night dismissed a National Rifle Association (NRA)-backed lawsuit challenging the constitutionality on Second Amendment grounds of Washington, DC’s ban on the sale and possession of handguns,” the Violence Policy Center crowed back in 2004, before the historic Heller decision. “Judge Walton’s 68-page ruling in Seegars v. Ashcroft upholds the ban, which was adopted by the City Council in 1976.
“In his opinion, Judge Walton … wrote: ‘[T]he Court must conclude that the Second Amendment does not confer an individual right to possess firearms. Rather, the Amendment’s objective is to ensure the vitality of state militias,’” the VPC release continued.
With that as backstory, Walton providing cover for IRS should come as no surprise. Nor should what can be expected if “moderate” establishment Republicans continue to treat principled conservatives as enemies that must be crushed, all the while forging power-sharing alliances with “progressives” from places that embrace the Evil Party, and don’t require masks.
We’re told the importance of shifting power in the Senate includes confirmations of court nominations. Nailing Republicans down now on how they’ll insure against future Reggie Waltons hardly seems an unreasonable demand on people asking for, and in many cases dependent on gun owner support.