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Originally Posted by Botnst
We have a tendancy to think that removing something from political theater is a good thing. But think about it a moment. Do we really want a method that is NOT subject to political change? For example, let's say we went to a lifetime appointmnent of USA's similar to fed judges. That takes them out of the politcal realm.

Now let's say we get a change of heart in government like we did in the 50's and 60's concerning civil rights. Then you have to wait until the USA's are dead. But by having them political appointees, President's Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon were able to change the enforcement far faster than the local governments (and in many cases federal judges!) were willing to move.

Can it do dumb or unethical or immoral things, too? Sure it can, sure it can. But that also is subject to political correction, as is happening now, for example.
It would be much more logical to have congressional oversight on Justice Appointments to insure their independence from activist political interaction. This ability, once an appointment is made to have chats between the White House, Justice, the RNC and Reelection Committees as to the viability of a US Attorney is just plain asinine. That is not the spirit of “At the pleasure…” even though it can be a “legal” outcome.

I do not believe in lifetime appointment, nor do I believe in the concept of bureaucratic tenure for government administrative jobs. US Attorneys should, it seems be hired on their merit and skills [novel concept].

However, to use your example of lifetime judges, while there are exceptions, most appointments over the years have proven contrary to the assumption that they would only vote [adjudicate] along the lines of the party that put them on the bench.


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