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Sunday, April 10, 2005

The next American Revolution is underway already?

The Dems are getting themselves into something of a lather on the filibuster question - taking the name of Jefferson Smith horribly in vain in the process.

Therefore appropriate, perhaps, that, on the other side of the aisle - far, far from the aisle, in fact - some have taken heed of a quotation from the movie (Mr Smith Goes To Washington, that is):
whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it

The Devil can quote Mr Smith for his own purposes...

Dana Milbank, now the Post's color man on Beltway matters, covers very far from straight
a conference on "Confronting the Judicial War on Faith"

It's post-Schiavo escalation, heady stuff (albeit largely from has-beens and never-weres [1]). And, though, the entire judiciary, Federal and state, seems to have been in the dog-house, the SCOTUS's Justice Kennedy was singled out for special opprobrium.

One 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."

And - historians of American conservatism may note - he uses a quotation from Joseph Stalin to help the party along!
He had a slogan, and it worked very well for him, whenever he ran into difficulty: 'no man, no problem'.

Milbank gives us the full quote from Uncle Joe:
Death solves all problems: no man, no problem.

Coming after deliberate ambiguous statements from DeLay and John Cornyn - open to being interpreted as incitements to murder judges - perhaps Vieira felt he had to push the envelope a tad (whilst remaining within the bounds of ambiguity).

What would that other Cold War Joe, Joseph McCarthy say, I wonder?

No doubt the meeting was just hot air, good for a column or two, and that's it. There are never going to be enough votes for an impeachment [2] - though, if the Dems are going to shut down the Senate, perhaps DeLay might choose to fill up time on a Grand Old Duke of York mission.

And anything more tasty would require the US military's complicity. And American generals have never gone in for that sort of malarkey, so far as I'm aware.

Time to wheel out old Smedley Butler [3], the way things are going...

  1. Tom DeLay was supposed to appear, but mourning duties drew him Romewards.

    Milbank says

    This was no collection of fringe characters.
    But his tone suggests he's underwhelmed on an epic scale. And that is an unmistakable comedy kicker he has.

    If it had been an embryonic coup d'├ętat, rather than an exercise in mutual onanism, that had gone on at the Marriott, I'd have expected a different approach from Milbank altogether.

  2. Not in Congress, at least - in some state legislatures, impeachers may have the numbers.

  3. The story of the coup in which Butler was invited to participate in 1933 - or so he alleged. Tinfoil hat time, I'm afraid; though it got Janeane Garofalo very excited, I seem to remember. (Concessive clause probably inappropriate, on second thoughts!)

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