Gov. Sam Brownback Will Eliminate Kansas’ Judiciary If It Fails To Rule In His Favor 

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At America’s founding, there were provisions made to ensure there would never be an absolute ruler unrestrained by law or constitution, or one who could ever usurp legitimate sovereignty to ultimately control everything. The world has witnessed tyrannical rulers of horrible character who used power oppressively or unjustly, and although every state in America follows the federal model of separation and balance of powers, it appears the Koch brothers’ Kansas is on the verge of becoming a dictatorship with trickle down Governor Sam Brownback as the sole authority.

Late last week governor trickle down signed a bill into law that eliminates the state’s entire judicial system if the Supreme Court rules against an ‘administrative law’ Brownback’s Republicans passed to neuter the judiciary and end the state government’s separation of powers. Tyrants just cannot tolerate either separation or balance of powers and Brownback is finished answering to the Kansas Supreme Court or abiding by the Kansas State Constitution. It is not Brownback’s first attempt at consolidating all state power in his office, or eliminating judicial oversight over state laws. Brownback’s action last week verifies that he is more than willing to eliminate any branch of Kansas government that “gets in his way” or refuses to follow his dictates.

The Kansas Supreme Court fell afoul of Brownback’s good graces last year when it ruled that due to his trickle-down tax cuts for the rich, drastic cuts in public school funding in poor districts violated Kansas’ Constitution. The High Court’s Justices ordered Brownback’s legislature to correct the problem in a timely manner to fully comply with the state’s Constitution. However, instead of following the Constitution or the Court ruling, Republicans retaliated against the Justices and passed an “administrative law” stripping the Court of its constitutional authority to appoint local chief judges or set district court budgets. No matter how it was framed, the Republican ‘administrative law’ was a warning to the Supreme Court justices that Sam Brownback rules Kansas and as a tyrant it is he who determines what is constitutional and what is not according to his economic ideology.

When they ruled that Kansas’ public schools were grossly underfunded, the Justices did not declare, as they should have, that Brownback’s cuts to education were “wholly unconstitutional.” Instead, they held out the option of revisiting the issue after giving Brownback and the Republican legislature an adequate amount of time to comply. If Brownback and Republicans failed, the Justices would mandate the Republican legislature adequately fund education according to the Kansas Constitution. Of course, with the state bleeding revenue, fully funding education would have required tax hikes and Brownback promptly threatened the Justices with “political reforms” such as supreme court recall elections, slashing the retirement age for justices, and instituting partisan elections. Subsequently, now that the court has “an opportunity to strike down the administrative laws,” Republicans quickly passed, and Brownback signed, the law last week that completely defunds the entire Kansas judiciary if the court does not back down and cede all constitutional ruling authority to Sam Brownback.

No matter how one interprets it, Brownback’s ‘administrative law’ is a gross violation of Kansas’ Constitution giving the Justices authority to strike it down. However, like most Republicans, armed militias, and twisted tyrants, Brownback believes he, and he alone, is the ultimate arbiter of just what is and what is not constitutional in Kansas. To make his point, and to impose executive branch tyranny in Kansas, trickle down Sam and his Republican legislature are threatening the state Supreme Court with extinction if it refuses to obey his edict and uphold an administrative law Brownback ruled is constitutional. No matter how the Justices react, they are effectively powerless because if they rule against Brownback the entire state judiciary is eliminated, and if they back down Brownback’s administrative law stays in effect and gives conservative state courts purview that once belonged to the state supreme court.

Brownback is daring the Kansas Supreme Court to rule according to the Kansas Constitution and declare the Brownback “administrative law” unconstitutional. It is highly likely that is the outcome Brownback is seeking so he can eliminate all judiciary funding and put an end to the judicial branch of Kansas’ government leaving the Koch legislature and executive branch as the sole authority in Kansas.

What Brownback has the Koch Republican legislature doing is extortion pure and simple, and the action of a tyrant and a bully. To threaten the state’s Supreme Court with a simple choice of either obeying Brownback unconditionally, “or cease to exist” is sheer tyranny, outright oppression, and actions of a fascist dictator. Adolf Hitler and Saddam Hussein would recognize Brownback’s machinations as those of a world-class tyrant and grant him permanent membership in their special dictator’s club. It is a distinction trickle down Sam would relish and likely take to the next level and permanently disband the state legislature and crown himself god-governor for life.

It is important to note that the only thing the Kansas Supreme Court has done is its due diligence in pushing Brownback and the Republican legislature to uphold their “very basic constitutional duties;” something both Brownback and his Republican legislators swore to uphold, but only if it fits the Koch brothers’ vision of Kansas and a portent of the Kochs’ vision for America.

Obviously that vision entails destroying the Kansas judiciary if it fails to rubber stamp Brownback’s Koch agenda of underfunding education to pay for tax cuts for the rich. The lesson playing out in Kansas is one the federal judiciary had better take to heart if it wants to remain in existence. The Kochs already own Congress and most of the Supreme Court so it is no stretch to imagine Republicans repeating the actions of the Kansas legislature in stripping authority from the federal judiciary and then eliminate the judicial branch altogether if a federal court dared rule that Republicans lack authority to neuter the judiciary, or to be like Sam Brownback and become a constitution unto themselves.

45 Replies to “Gov. Sam Brownback Will Eliminate Kansas’ Judiciary If It Fails To Rule In His Favor ”

  1. And yet somehow it’s Obama who is supposedly ‘out of control’.

    Yoleberry- motivated enough to get out of Kansas yet?

  2. Apparently this is the the type of leadership that the citizens of Kansas wanted by voting this tyrant into office again after his first 4 years reign of destruction of the state. The question is how much more harm will this guy cause to Kansas in the next 3 1/2 years. If I lived in Kansas I would seriously be thinking about moving out of the state.

  3. I say go for it, Kansas Supreme Court.

    Shoot down that law and then guess what? Ol’ Brownback is going to have to deal with the Federal Government, which will lay him out cold by telling him that he cannot be dictator of Kansas and he must make sure that the schools get the money they need.

    By then, this jackass and his ilk will be ran out of the state.

  4. Just read the Kansas Constitution and brownshit does not have this power. Justices can only be removed by impeachment

    Removal of justices and judges. Justices of the supreme court may be removed from office by impeachment and conviction as prescribed in article 2 of this constitution. In addition to removal by impeachment and conviction, justices may be retired after appropriate hearing, upon certification to the governor, by the supreme court nominating commission that such justice is so incapacitated as to be unable to perform adequately his duties. Other judges shall be subject to retirement for incapacity, and to discipline, suspension and removal for cause by the supreme court after appropriate hearing.

    Article two

    § 27: Impeachment. The house of representatives shall have the sole power to impeach. All impeachments shall be tried by the senate; and when sitting for that purpose, the senators shall take an oath to do justice according to the law and the evidence. No person shall be convicted without the concurrence of two-thirds of the senators then elected (or appointed) and qualified.

  5. That Federal Government Reagan destroyed and Bush drowned? The Federal government drained by unending war?

    Brownbeck, Jindal and the rest of the clown train think they can declare themselves ruler. they have. Laws that defy the Federal Constitution are ripping the fabric of the Union. They want the Fed dead so they can own their own State.

    BTB – He is in no way a ‘world-class’ tyrant. He is a petty, slimy 2-bit grifter, with a feral cunning. You want a world-class tyrant? Lord Vetinary. That’s a tyrant!

  6. At what point do the feds jump in on this? Without a state judiciary, wouldn’t federal courts take over jurisdiction? Methinks dumbass is biting off waaaay more than he can chew…

  7. If this is illegal and he does it anyways, will there even be repercussions for him? Like maybe impeachment?

    I just see these right wing idiots getting away with stuff that they should not be doing, i.e., gerrymandering, this turd in a punch bowl running Kansas into the ground. If it was a Dem, wow..look out..they would be tarred and feathered.

    I am really sick of the right wing nuts. Everyday they get more evil and get away with it.

  8. The difference being that Lord Havelock Vetinari wanted the government of Ankh-Morpork to work and work well.

    Not undercut it like Sam Brown-at-the-beck-and-call-of-the-Koch.

  9. Remember- that Governors can command their National Guard, for whatever reason they deem necessary.


  10. and who are the dictators?

    and who are the death panels?

    the TEA BAG/REPUBS need mental health help NOW

    Conservatism as a Mental Illness
    Republican polls have recently exhibited 10 telltale signs of mental illness:
    Denial, Delusion, Hallucination, Disordered Thinking, Anger, Anti-social Behavior, Sexual Preoccupation, Grandiosity, General Oddness, Paranoia

  11. You and every other American is sick of the games the GOP play to insult people’s intelligence. Polls show people are tired of the lame, old boys network. GOP falsely claiming, “America is Conservative”, and telling women, “They can’t control their lives or bodies” is turning people away from GOP.
    Kids won’t tolerate racism and the divide of the GOP propaganda machine!
    America is much more liberal than ever before as kids turn from intellectually challenging religions.(that cause wars and death), and false chatter from the GOP on Climate Change and end education. What do Republicans have against an educated population anyway? The rest of the world makes us look ridiculous. The young are the hope of America.

  12. this is ecaxtly hy these rightwing conservative extremists are a huge threat to our nation, economy, democracy, and our constitution. this is scary.

  13. please vote for anyone but republicans and conservatives in November 2016. we can fix this broken congress by purging the rightwing cancer.

  14. I say let the court strike down this law, and if Brownback instist on following through, let the court grow some balls and hold him in contempt.

  15. Why are the people of Kansas just sitting at home watching this? Grab your pitchforks and get out on the streets, it is time to revolt!!! Wow, what the &%$# is keeping these people home?

  16. Simple: Fear. The fear of being labeled a ‘liberal’ and in their eyes, there is no greater crime then being a ‘liberal’.

    Notice the quotation marks around the title. This means that they fear the caricature of the ‘liberal’… real Liberals have either left or decided to stay and fight this insanity.

  17. what brownback said he would do would be like Obama drafting an executive order that nullifies and defunds the SCOTUS. can you imagine the rightwing response if it was Obama making threats like brownback has?

  18. …startin’ to look like the Teatards wanna Balkanize America…i.e. break it up into little fiefdoms…each owned by the Kochs…

  19. “the Republican ‘administrative law’ was a warning to the Supreme Court justices that Sam Brownback rules Kansas and as a tyrant it is he who determines what is constitutional and what is not according to his economic ideology.”no…

    sam is just a puppet being operated by the Kochs as their puppet.. he “makes the decision” as the two d-bags wiggle their fingers in his rectum to get the policy enacted.

  20. This is how Fascists behave…Is there no one left in America who will stand up to these people and say ” ENOUGH ” Do the people Of Kansas want to be under the boot heel of this dictator???

  21. Please, don’t blame the voters!

    It’s mainly billionaire Koch brother money behind this attempt at destruction of democracy, law and order.

    But both the US and Kansas Constitutions exist specifically to protect the public against such law-breaking; nobody can simply write law to erase domestic Constitutional law or Justice systems intended to protect the public – unless the pretense that he can is blindly accepted.

    The judges should charge him not only with Contempt but as appropriate, as he’s clearly breaking a number of laws right there.

    This is not ‘a step toward tyranny’ – it’s an attempt, using extortion, to entrench it in precedent under a ‘Simon Says’ law in despite of everything sane.

    And Brownback is clearly neither sane nor competent to function …

  22. the tide is indeed turning. it has turning for a while, but it has been accelerated since November 2014 and now many in America realized the mistake they made, whether they voted or not, by allowing these arrogant, petulant, lying degenerate republicans and conservatives take control of the senate. it has been six months of the new GOP Koch Kongress and not one jobs bill. not one infrastructure bill. not one damn thing other then attempt after attempt to pass the Koch brother agenda- gutting social security, raising retirement age to 70, eliminating the EPA and rolling back ALL environmental regulations against business and industry, build the keystone pipeline, giving food stamp dollars to the rich, and of course- repealing obamacare. folks, these GOP idiots have voted some 67 times to repeal the aca- that is no exaggeration. this along with the endless partisan witch hunts and fake scandals and investigations has cost us billions. there is a better way. elect dems and independents.

  23. I can’t for the life of me understand how the HELL these IDIOTS think they can get away with this shit. I too hope the Justices cll his bluff. Then the Feds. they hate so much can go in and bust his ass.

  24. This strategy worked in Germany and the Soviet Union so I am sure it makes perfect sense to the “Brown”shirts in Brownbackistan! Since the Legislature is simply a sham, puppet organization, why not do away with it as well? Sam isn’t going to be happy until he gets to grow that little mustache and demands that everyone address him as Mein Fuher! Of course we all know the real Kansas dictatorship rests in Wichita with der Kochs. If you are tired of Democracy and the checks and balances of America’s three branch system of government, then, Sam’s YOUR MAN!! Heil Sam!

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