4.05.2005

Republican War on Hectic Smurlbats

{from scrutiny hooligans}

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usSENATOR JOHN CORNYN: "I don't know if there is a cause-and-effect connection but we have seen some recent episodes of courthouse violence in this country. Certainly nothing new, but we seem to have run through a spate of courthouse violence recently that's been on the news and I wonder whether there may be some connection between the perception in some quarters on some occasions where judges are making political decisions yet are unaccountable to the public, that it builds up and builds up and builds up to the point where some people engage in - engage in violence." [Senate Floor, 4/4/05]

The Republicans who endlessly repeat the rootless mantra, "activist judges, activist judges", are now asserting that violence against the judiciary is understandable. Tom DeLay encourages it. Like Bush into Iraq, the Republicans are preparing to go nuclear to do away with another false threat. Created out of whole cloth by neoconservatives and buttressed by the Christian Coalition's Culture War, the 'threat of activist judges' is as real as Saddam's Weapons of Mass Destruction, as real as the "Social Security Crisis".

Seattlepi: "There is probably nothing I can do or say to convince you that the words "activist judge" have no more meaning than the words "hectic smurlbats." You've heard "activist judges" so many times -- from the president, from Congress, from the angry guys on the radio -- that you can define it right along with me. Together then: Liberal activist judges make law, as opposed to interpreting it. They ignore the plain meaning of texts to invent new rights. Superimposing their moral views onto their legal reasoning, they brazenly advance the cause of the fringe liberal elites in the culture wars.
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We all evidently believe that you're either for the liberal activist judges or against them."

The Republicans are whipping up support for their next war, this one against the judicial system. The stated plan is to end the tyranny of hectic smurlbats. The real objective is to radicalize the judiciary into a fundamentalist arm of the Republican party. And they're willing to promote violence to get it done.