Thursday, April 4, 2013

Off the Rails- The New Normal

If you're a Republican, anyway.  Three stories about "mainstream" Republicans that indicate that the inhabitants of Wingnut Wrapup are not that out of line with the rest of the Republican party:

First up, this responsible use of government resources:

"Virginia Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli has filed a petition with the 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Richmond asking the full 15-judge court to reconsider a decision by a three-judge panel last month that overturned the state’s sodomy law.

A clerk with the 4th Circuit appeals court said a representative of the Virginia Attorney General’s office filed the petition on Cuccinelli’s behalf on March 26. The petition requests what is known as an en banc hearing before the full 15 judges to reconsider the earlier ruling by the three-judge panel."

Yes, apparently this Republican elected official has nothing better to do that waste the State's money on something that was really settled decades ago, and in which no one but hard right religious fanatics has the slightest interest.

Now, on to something far more malicious:

"House Bill 494, a resolution filed by Republican Rowan County Reps. Harry Warren and Carl Ford, would refuse to acknowledge the force of any judicial ruling on prayer in North Carolina – or indeed on any Constitutional topic:

"The Constitution of the United States does not grant the federal government and does not grant the federal courts the power to determine what is or is not constitutional; therefore, by virtue of the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, the power to determine constitutionality and the proper interpretation and proper application of the Constitution is reserved to the states and to the people.."

The Federal government has no right to say what the Constitution says.  That is up to the States.  This, of course, coming from one of the Southern States that had to be taught the hard way that the Federal government does have that right.  This is nothing but a revival of Southern secession, in a bill cosponsored by 11 Republican members of the State Legislature.  By the way, this is all in service to Republican attempts to establish a State religion in North Carolina:

"SECTION 1. The North Carolina General Assembly asserts that the Constitution of the United States of America does not prohibit states or their subsidiaries from making laws respecting an establishment of religion.

SECTION 2. The North Carolina General Assembly does not recognize federal court rulings which prohibit and otherwise regulate the State of North Carolina, its public schools or any political subdivisions of the State from making laws respecting an establishment of religion."

I guess this makes it pretty clear what they are up to-  rejecting one of the most basic founding principles of the United States, in order to set up a theocratic State.  How this differs from Sharia law, I don't know.

And finally, this choice specimen of wisdom from the male Michelle Bachmann, Congressman Louie Gohmert of Texas (recently reelected with over 70% of the vote:)

"In fact, I had this discussion with some wonderful, caring Democrats earlier this week on the issue of, well, they said "surely you could agree to limit the number of rounds in a magazine, couldn't you? How would that be problematic?"...

 And I pointed out, well, once you make it ten, then why would you draw the line at ten? What's wrong with nine? Or eleven? And the problem is once you draw that limit ; it's kind of like marriage when you say it's not a man and a woman any more, then why not have three men and one woman, or four women and one man, or why not somebody has a love for an animal? 

There is no clear place to draw the line once you eliminate the traditional marriage and it's the same once you start putting limits on what guns can be used, then it's just really easy to have laws that make them all illegal."

We can't regulate guns because gays.  Right. 

Now, I had originally written a more "rational" comment on this nonsense, to end this post.  But the truth is, these people are crazy.  And we're letting them run the country.  They are treated as responsible leaders by the press and the Democrats every day.  In the process, they are being handed the right to destroy us all.


joseph said...

If the radical right said, "We want all the money and you can starve," might not get many votes. When they say, "Liberals are going to turn you gay, make you an atheist, and take your guns," the lemmings follow.

Anonymous said...

I have been reading your blog for the past year and you are spot on so many times, its unbelievable. Great job Green Eagle. BR. airline pilot, texas.

johninoregon said...

Congrats, GE. A nice reference to "Wingnut Wrapup" at Crooks & Liars:

Green Eagle said...

Thanks. Green Eagle is an egotistical bird (all parrots are, I think) and he loves the encouragement.

Verlene said...

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