It causes a lot of people, including me, great distress to see judges use the authority that they have been given to make raw political or ideological decisions...sometimes, the Supreme Court has taken on this role as a policymaker rather than an enforcer of political decisions made by elected representatives of the people. I don't know if there is a cause-and-effect connection, but we have seen some recent episodes of courthouse violence in this country. . . . And I wonder whether there may be some connection between the perception in some quarters, on some occasions, where judges are making political decisions yet are unaccountable to the public, that it builds up and builds up and builds up to the point where some people engage in, engage in violence. Certainly without any justification, but a concern that I have."What this patent asshole is saying is that the Brian Nichols - the murderer-rapist who shot Judge Rowland Barnes and three others in Atlanta last month was merely blowing off some righteous steam and expressing his distaste for activist judges. Only one other such shooting made headlines in the past year; a disgruntled plaintiff in Chicago shot the husband and mother of a federal judge who had ruled against him in his medical malpractice suit. So, it's now acceptable to murder judges because it's their own fault: much like the chick who wears a mini-dress to a frat party, they're just asking for it. The right-wing is all for personal responsibility, unless it's against it. Sickening.
They were asking for it
As much as the right-wing echo chamber insists, INSISTS that dems denounce, DENOUNCE lefties like Ward Churchill, who have the audacity to espouse controversial and oft-idiotic opinions, there seems to be no counter to that. Of course, Ward Churchill is merely a professor at a University, which is supposed to stand for the free exchange of ideas - no matter how loopy. The problem is that the right's loopiness extends to our United States House and Senate. Having learned that people in general don't like the federal intervention in the Schiavo matter, and its concomitant assault on family and states' rights, the right-wing is now gunning for "Activist Judges" - the flip-side of "trial lawyer", I suppose. Texas Senator John Cornyn gave a speech on the floor of our esteemed United States Senate, commenting negatively against the recent Supreme Court decision regarding the execution of people between the ages of 0-17. Arguing that the criminal justice system of the United States should be more like that of Sudan and Saudi Arabia, Senator Cornyn said this: