Monday, April 11, 2005
Culture of Life Update: It's OK to Kill Kids
Dude, I just don't understand the so-called religious right of the GOP...and as a life-long Lutheran and graduate of a Catholic Law School, that's saying a lot. At the far right meeting last week on how to cow the judiciary, (Some conservative bloggers are calling them wingnuts, but I won't go that far...besides they're really zealots). Anyway, their biggest beef is with Regan appointee Anthony Kennedy. His crime...voting to ban the death penalty for minors.
Phyllis Schlafly (A family values advocate who's disowned her gay son), doyenne of American conservatism, said Kennedy's opinion forbidding capital punishment for juveniles "is a good ground of impeachment."
Confused? Me too.
But it gets better. Some at this little affair want to abolish the concept of legal precedent, a concept adopted from England and one that assures clarity and consistency in legal opinions. According to one of the conference sponsors, Michael P. Farris, chairman of the Home School Legal Defense Association, we should
"block judicial power by abolishing the concept of binding judicial precedents, by allowing Congress to vacate court decisions"
Jeebus! I know the legal system can be messy, but the turning over disputes to the political process and the legislature seems to be a way of guaranteeing even less equitable outcomes. If one factors in people like Majority Leader Delay, then justice would be given to those who raise the most for the GOP, whose apparent ethical lapses don't seem to ruffle any feathers in this bunch. Our system has worked fairly well for over two hundred years and it's shocking..SHOCKING, that their are actually people out there advocated we move to a judiciary system more like China's.
The patients are running the asylum people, and the leaders of the GOP have no one to blame but themselves. They turned these zealots loose on us and now they are actively advocating undermining our most important democratic institutions (the Senate's filibuster, the independent judiciary, government accountability). They may rail against the liberals for 'hating America', but after reading the comments from these folks, I'm hard pressed to say that they don't hate America too.