Saturday, April 09, 2005One For The Road
Did I just say no politics? Well... yeah, I did. But this one's just too ugly to pass up. Check this shit out:
Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy is a fairly accomplished jurist, but he might want to get himself a good lawyer -- and perhaps a few more bodyguards.
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.
Whaaaa... what?! He accuses the guy of being a Marxist/Leninist, and then quotes Stalin against him? What the fuck?
Let's have a look at the original quotation:
"Death solves all problems: no man, no problem."
Y'know, maybe I'm crazy, but that sounds a fucking hell of a lot like using the words of one of history's great totalitarian tyrants to make a threat -- potentially a veiled death threat -- against a federal judge. Does Vieira intend to harm Judge Kennedy, or to encourage others to harm him? I doubt it. But the fact that those words could even escape his lips in public, especially in the context of a spate of judge-murders and conservative aggression against judges doing their jobs, makes me really, really nervous.
If the United States manages to avoid going through an overtly fascist phase, it won't be because there weren't plenty of conservative extremists just itching to put on brown shirts, nor because there weren't plenty of conservative "moderates" willing to play along with them. |