Saturday, April 09, 2005

Republicans vs. The Constitution: Wingers advocate assassinating judges 

And No, these wingers aren't staffers or "overzealous volunteers."

These wingers are the rancid heart of today's post-modern Republican Party.

And the people who own and fund these wingers—the theocratic billionaires who fund, own, and drive the VRWC—are the people who own Bush.

So, now they've given the OK to shooting judges. Soon after Bush gave a nod and wink to torture, it started happening. Surprise! So, how long before some "lone gunman, acting alone" takes the cue and starts shooting judges?

Conservative leaders meeting in Washington yesterday for a discussion of "Remedies to Judicial Tyranny" decided that Kennedy, a Ronald Reagan appointee, should be impeached, or worse.

Not to be outdone, lawyer-author Edwin Vieira told the gathering that Kennedy should be impeached because his philosophy, evidenced in his opinion striking down an anti-sodomy statute, "upholds Marxist, Leninist, satanic principles drawn from foreign law."

Ominously, Vieira continued by saying his "bottom line" for dealing with the Supreme Court comes from Joseph Stalin. "He had a slogan, and it worked very well for him, whenever he ran into difficulty: 'no man, no problem,' " Vieira said.

The full Stalin quote, for those who don't recognize it, is "Death solves all problems: no man, no problem.

And now, The Balance Sentence! (Nice work, WaPo editors).

Presumably, Vieira had in mind something less extreme than Stalin did and was not actually advocating violence.

Oh right. When are we going to learn to take the wingers at their word?

But then, these are scary times for the judiciary. An anti-judge furor may help confirm President Bush's judicial nominees, but it also has the potential to turn ugly.
(via Americablog in WaPo)

So, it's come to this. It isn't just about the Republicans changing the rules when they don't like the result. It's about the Republicans advocating the assassination of their political opponents.

Oh, wait... Back to Inerrant Boy for a minute. Bush, in case you haven't noticed, never gives a direct order (sound familiar?) He operates with nods and winks. Remember, when, at a Partei rally during election 2004, one of the handpicked audience members, during "question" time, said he felt "God was in the White House"? Did Bush disagree? Did Bush qualify or extend the statement? No. He smiled and said "Thank you." So He agreed.

Same thing here. We've already Judge Lefkow's family killed in Illinois (and her own life threatened). And during the Republican's Schiavo circus, Judge Greeley got death threats and was given guards.

Did Bush say one word regretting the murder of Judge Lefkow's family? Or the threats against judge Lefkow? No.

Did Bush say one word regretting the death threats against Judge Greely? No.

So, silence means consent.

Bush has already, by nods and winks, given the high sign for a murder plot against American's judges. Look for lone gunmen, acting alone, leaving diaries.

And please refer all comments using the phrase "tinfoil hat" to The Department of No! They Would Never Do That!

UPDATE These are strange times. On WaPo's Op-Ed page we have this pitiful little business-as-usual editorial. Well-intentioned, certainly:

The Constitution has protected us well for more than two centuries. Now we need help from Congress to fully fund the Marshals Service's judicial security program and the off-site security enhancements judges need.
(Judge Jane Roth WaPo

So, the US Marshalls are going to protect Federal judges... against Republican Viera's hit men! I love it! (Hit men? Bien sur! The pro-life loons have been shooting doctors for years... Why not change the target, since it's all in the service of God? Can anyone imagine that there is only one Eric Rudolph?

UPDATE A comment from alert reader The Ghost of Joe Liebling's dog reminds me to add this from the WaPo article:

The conference was organized during the height of the Schiavo controversy by a new group, the Judeo-Christian Council for Constitutional Restoration. This was no collection of fringe characters. The two-day program listed two House members; aides to two senators; representatives from the Family Research Council and Concerned Women for America; conservative activists Alan Keyes and Morton C. Blackwell; the lawyer for Terri Schiavo's parents; Alabama's "Ten Commandments" judge, Roy Moore; and DeLay, who canceled to attend the pope's funeral.

Not fringe characters? Not in DC, perhaps, the drain to which all winger operatives flow, but surely for the rest of the country. Somehow, I feel that calling for judges to be assassinated is going to play about as well as the Schiavo circus. As long as the Dems can hang it round Bush's neck, of course.

Nice to see Bush speaking out on this, and moderating the whole thing... Oh, wait...

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