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'Have you ever heard of Plato, Aristotle, Socrates? Morons.' -- Vizzini from "The Princess Bride"

Monday, August 21, 2006

Strict Constructionists

A while back I wrote a piece about conservatives and judges. Today we are witnessing the fruits of what I was saying: conservatives are not interested in the judiciary strictly deciding cases via the letter of the constitution as they have claimed. No, they want conservative 'activist' judges plain and simple. This has been proven by the conservative outcry over Judge Anna and her stark takedown of President Bush and his warrantless eavesdropping on American citizens. They are all whining that the judge based her decision on the first and fourth amendments and FISA, the 1978 act that set up a special court to deal with state secrets and foreign entities.

I guess I should be glad for this development, they have now officially dropped their code words for their disdain of the judiciary (activist judges and strict constructionist judges) and just come out with the more honest talking point of "we don't want any judges to interfere in our takeover of American power"

Christians have always been upfront and honest in their hatred of judges, “Judge not, that you be not judged” [Matt 7:1 NKJV] but the political front of conservatism has been much more shrouded in code words – activist judges this and strict constructionist that. Now we see that shroud of obtusiveness lifted.

Get rid of all judges, and let us do what we please to form this glorious “Christian Nation.” Let us use torture, spying, and racial profiling to make it perfect, and let us condemn “social darwinism” (link to D. James Kennedy, and his Coral Ridge Ministry) while we enable it to God's greater good.
[Update: Pat Buchanan has recently put out a book entitled, State of Emergency, he employs "social darwinism" at the expense of non-whites and immigrants. See ThinkProgress for a brief rundown on the book. Combine this with the "Christian Nation" banner waving in conservative circles, and we see how horridly duplicitous these conservative Christians really are.]

Well, what can I say? having it both ways is Christian "moral absolutism" and maintaining the rule of law is atheistic "moral relativism"... I really do not know how to respond. Maybe a lobotomy and Bible camp will help me see the light.


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