May 2nd, 2007

yellow_elephant

Should American Law Be Legal In America?

Hey Kids, take a sip of this Kool-Aid:
In his own statement, Mr. Boehner said: “When you break the law in pursuit of a political opponent, you’ve gone too far. Members of Congress have a responsibility not only to obey the laws of our country and the rules of our institution, but also to defend the integrity of those laws and rules when they are violated.”
[ cf Court Says Congressman Must Pay Damages (emphasis mine) ]
WOW....

The fun here is that the central problem is:
A federal appeals court in Washington ruled Tuesday that Representative Jim McDermott, Democrat of Washington, must pay damages to another congressman for giving reporters a tape of an illegally intercepted telephone call.

The case was brought by Representative John A. Boehner of Ohio, now the House Republican leader. It arose from a conference call in 1996 in which Newt Gingrich, who was then speaker of the House, discussed how to deal with a finding against him by the House ethics committee. Mr. Boehner participated by cellphone.

A Florida couple, Alice and John Martin, recorded the call using a radio scanner. They delivered the tape to Mr. McDermott, then the ranking Democrat on the ethics committee, who passed it along to The New York Times and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The Martins pleaded guilty to intercepting the call and were fined $500 each for violating the federal wiretapping law.

(op cit)
Ah Yes, that Gingrich, and those halcyon days, back before the whole world changed and there was more need for....

Oh yes, that part about how there is the need for State Sponsored Illegal Wire Tapping, and the mandate to use the US Justice Department to go after the opposition political party, and the part where the GAO was suppose to be working on how to help the GOP Election....

Hum...

Now remind me again why we should be taking a stand for or against the current ruling by the Evil Radical Black Robed Judicial Activist Tyrannts who are legislating from the Bench.... Or are we suppose to be excitedd that finally those Evil Liberal Law Breakers are being brought to task...

It is not aways easy remember how one or the other courses here is more stabbing our troops in the back than the other...
yellow_elephant

Getting Past the Rule Of Law...

a happy head tip to the doc for this whiner
The Wall St. Journal online has today published a lengthy and truly astonishing article by Harvard Government Professor Harvey Mansfield, which expressly argues that the power of the President is greater than "the rule of law."
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That such an argument comes from Mansfield is unsurprising. He has long been a folk hero to the what used to be the most extremist right-wing fringe but is now the core of the Republican Party. He devoted earlier parts of his career to warning of the dangers of homosexuality, particularly its effeminizing effect on our culture.

He has a career-long obsession with the glories of tyrannical power as embodied by Machiavelli's Prince, which is his model for how America ought to be governed. And last year, he wrote a book called Manliness in which "he urges men, and especially women, to understand and accept manliness" -- which means that "women are the weaker sex," "women's bodies are made to attract and to please men" and "now that women are equal, they should be able to accept being told that they aren't, quite." Publisher's Weekly called it a "juvenile screed."

[ cf The right's explicit and candid rejection of "the rule of law" ]
well, gosh, golly, geeee Wheeeze....

The really scary part, if one reads the whole article is his update at the end
I just want to add one related point here. Much of the intense dissatisfaction I have with the American media arises out of the fact that these extraordinary developments -- the dominant political movement advocating lawlessness and tyranny out in the open in The Wall St. Journal and Weekly Standard -- receive almost no attention.

While the Bush administration expressly adopts these theories to detain American citizens without charges, engage in domestic surveillance on Americans in clear violation of the laws we enacted to limit that power, and asserts a general right to disregard laws which interfere with the President's will, our media still barely discusses those issues.

They write about John Edwards' haircut and John Kerry's windsurfing and which political consultant has whispered what gossip to them about some painfully petty matter, but the extraordinary fact that our nation's dominant political movement is openly advocating the most radical theories of tyranny -- that "liberties are dangerous and law does not apply" -- is barely noticed by our most prestigious and self-loving national journalists. Merely to take note of that failure is to demonstrate how profoundly dysfunctional our political press is.

[ (op cit) ]
remind me again, why do these folks even talk about the american founding fathers as if there were ever such Monarchialist who had sooo been committed to establishing the Divine Right Of Kings upon these Lands...

What if americans had to wake up in america, and actually live there...