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The Real Bill Frist

By ThinkProgress on April 5, 2005 at 1:43 pm

"The Real Bill Frist"

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Today, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist – in an effort to avoid the political backlash from incendiary remarks by Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) – is defending the judiciary to the Associated Press:

Frist, R-Tenn., declined to join with conservatives who have complained about the federal court system in relation to the Schiavo case. ‘I believe we have a fair and independent judiciary today,’ he said.

But his March 17th battle cry to lead the charge of the Family Research Council against “activist judges” shows a totally different side:

One of the first tasks we will have is this whole confirmation of judges. This is at the top of the challenges that we must overcome in this Congress. We all know that activist judges in the past have recently cited international law written by U.N. bureaucrats. They directly undermine marriage being between a man and a woman. They struck down our partial-birth abortion bans. And these activist judges are not interpreting the Constitution. They’re rewriting it, and that’s wrong. And it’s something that I know you’re committed to, and I’m committed to…We know we’re right and we want to win. We want to protect marriage from activist judges once and for all and we will do it.

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