but they’re the ones being persecuted

The LA Times has a great piece today on the so-called “war” against “people of faith” that we’re being told is taking place in our country… It’s funny, but I don’t really consider one man putting his penis inside another man’s bottom to be an act of war. Apparently that’s what it is though, at least in their eyes. By making love to someone of the same sex inside your own home, or having an abortion, or believing in science and evolution, you are committing an act of war against them. You are the aggressor.

Just days after a bitterly divided Senate committee voted along party lines to approve her nomination as a federal appellate court judge, California Supreme Court Justice Janice Rogers Brown told an audience Sunday that people of faith were embroiled in a “war” against secular humanists who threatened to divorce America from its religious roots, according to a newspaper account of the speech…

“No wonder the radical left opposes her,” Bauer wrote in an e-mail to supporters. “Janice Rogers Brown understands the great culture war raging in America. That is why the abortion crowd, the homosexual rights movement and the radical secularists are all demanding that Senate liberals block her confirmation.”

Brown was first nominated by President Bush in 2003 to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, an appointment considered a steppingstone to the U.S. Supreme Court. She has emerged as one of the president’s most controversial judicial nominees — and one of the conservative movement’s favorite examples of Democratic delays…

Democrats have questioned speeches in which she called the New Deal the “triumph of our socialist revolution.” She has described herself as a “true conservative” who believes that “where the government moves in, community retreats, civil society disintegrates…. The result is a debased, debauched culture which finds moral depravity entertaining and virtue contemptible.”

And, yes, that could be one of our next Supreme Court Justices referring to the New Deal as “the triumph of socialism.” Are you maybe starting to appreciate the fact that this really is something to be concerned about?

I know you know this, but it’s worth being reminded of every now and then – Supreme Court Justices keep their seats FOR LIFE. And, what’s more, as many as four of the nine seats on the court might become vacant in the very near future… Now, are you starting to appreciate just how serious it is that the Republicans are trying to remove the one tool that the Democrats have to stop their appointment of radical judges? Without the fillabuster, Janice Rogers Brown, and judges like her, would be moving one step closer to the Supreme Court…. If you haven’t written to your Senator yet, please do. Call and urge them not to vote in favor of changing the time-honored rules of the Senate just to see these extremist, out-of-the-mainstream judges rammed through.

Sorry if I raised my voice, but I feel really strongly about this.

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  1. Posted May 3, 2005 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    I think it’s time to re-read The Communist Manifesto to get the stink of Right Wing Conservative Crap off of me….

  2. john galt
    Posted May 3, 2005 at 8:13 pm | Permalink

    please do re-read it, then think of the millions of people murdered by communist regims, from the Gulags, to Castro. I have several family members that are here no more due to that bastard. Then look at how great communist societies are, look at the poverty and lack of innovation in Cuba since Castro took control, Look at the differences between east and west in europe. Then ask yourself which is better for the people. If you want to be a slave and have no individual identity, then communism is for you! I for one would rather die than deny myself the right to be more than what the state has decreed.

  3. Posted May 3, 2005 at 10:38 pm | Permalink

    mr. galt, I would ascribe the behaviors you mentioned to terrible leadership, and not to the specific political or economic systems that those leaders claimed to be adhering to.

  4. mark
    Posted May 3, 2005 at 11:35 pm | Permalink

    I don’t consider myself a fan of Communism (at least as it’s been practiced) and I’m not sure how you got that from my post about men putting their wieners in other men’s bottoms. Perhaps there’s something about Communism that I don’t know…

    While we’re on the subject, I happen to like Capitalism. I just think there needs to be sufficient oversight given the tendency toward slavery.

  5. john galt
    Posted May 4, 2005 at 7:47 pm | Permalink

    well my original post was a response to the comment that she’ll go re-read the communist manifesto. Capitalism is oppourtunity , sure there are some bad parts, but communism is by its definition slavery. Communism is having the state tell you how much you can earn, your station in life, etc. Every communist supporter likes to respond as brett that it was just carried out badly. Show me ONE example of communism creating a thriving society. Look, power corrupts and in a state driven economy all the power is at the top, its just human nature that it always turns out like it does. Look at the Government school system in this country and compare it to the university system.. We have the best Uni’s in the world but the govt. schools are among the worst, whats the difference.. competition. Without competition there will never be continual improvement. Communism is a haven for the lazy who want someone else to take care of them.

  6. chris
    Posted May 4, 2005 at 8:58 pm | Permalink

    Apparently the best “Uni’s” failed to give you a grasp of grammer. But I digress, WTF are you talking about? What do you mean by “Government school system”? I guess maybe you might have an arguable point were you to listen to the news you would have heard that Microsoft plans on recruiting in China for engineers, as Bill Gates feels that our “Uni’s” are not producing qualified individuals.

    Then again many people would consider Microsoft to have a communist corporate platform. And BTW, last I heard China is still a communist country whose GNP is only second to ours, which in the global economy is ass whoopin’ territory. But then again, how communist is China given their propensity for slavery?

  7. chris
    Posted May 4, 2005 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

    oops…I meant GDP.

  8. john galt
    Posted May 4, 2005 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

    sorry chris, Unis is a continental term for university, that what the call them pretty much everywhere else in the western world. I didn’t mean to confuse you. You say China’s GDP is second to ours, I’m not sure of that.. But what is their population compared to ours? China is increasingly becoming less communistic. As for Govt. Schools I am referring to what many call public schools. Who pays for these? the Govt. Therefore they are govt schools. Who are the teachers, Govt. employees in a Govt. Union. Its only in schools such as these that you have to turn over your pencils and notebooks to a public pool where everyone can be treated equally.. Read a little more about the foundation of the current “public” school system, you will find out it is much more about social conditioning (brainwashing) than education.

  9. chris
    Posted May 4, 2005 at 10:16 pm | Permalink

    Um, sorry. Wasn’t sure what I was dealing with, now I know. Uh, thanks.

  10. Ken
    Posted May 4, 2005 at 10:26 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, fuck those poor kids! If you gots money to burn, then you all ready to learn. Free market, bay-bee!

  11. Stella
    Posted May 5, 2005 at 9:26 am | Permalink

    “its just human nature that it always turns out like it does.”
    Now if you ask me, statements such as that are where the real brainwashing occurs.
    The idea that humans cannot possibly be held to or be expected to strive to, the highest standards of personal responsibility and ethical behavior, including fair treatment of other human and other beings is a big problem. Particularly if they are requesting us, to choose them, to “lead” us.
    The majority of people in various stations of power in this country seem to feel that deceit, outright lying, manipulation of social, religous and business structures, and the creation of horrific social conditions directly or indirectly, as a result of their ethical inequities and grasping, is a completely acceptable form of “leadership”.
    As in “its just the way it (insert business, politics, religion, or what have you) works”.
    The idea that we should just “suck it up” and accept this or that as just the way it is, makes us all slaves to the most base of human qualities. The idea that real corruption is met mostly with knowing winks and smirks, a shoulder shrug and “well, I cant do anything about it”, is cancerous.

    If ever I choose to follow someone, it is because I see in them a hundred qualities where they outshine me ethically by a large margin and 500 more where I see they strive daily with all their might to improve themselves.
    Why should we not ask this of the people who have their hand in our pockets, their eyes in our bedrooms, their effluvia in our drinking water, their plans for our children and their missiles in our backyards?

    I think thats why I keep coming back here, to feel somehow connected to a group of people who categorically refuse to accept the lowest common denominator, status quo. While still managing to have insightful discussion of the effluvia coming out of their and their childrens bodies.

  12. Posted May 5, 2005 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    The trouble with communisim is that the 2% of people that create everything are weighted down by the 98% that aren’t able to understand the concepts.

  13. Posted May 5, 2005 at 11:32 am | Permalink

    Thanks for taking up my defense, Brett.

    Mr. Galt, as Brett pointed out, the REGIMES that happened to be communist did not actually follow Karl’s ideas which were that a Communist system must follow a highly industrialised one which it would be hard to argue that it did in China, Russia or even Cuba. And yes, unfortunately, it’ll never be because people have a tendency to be selfish and care only about themselves.

    I just believe that there should be a way that there are not people living in poverty and dying from malnutrition on this great planet of ours. I’ll never understand why it is considered to be a bad thing to want to help people who need it. But that must be the LIBERAL in me. And I, for one, will never hide my head in shame for being one.

    Sorry to hijack your thread, Mark.

  14. mark
    Posted May 6, 2005 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

    Weird… Kathleen, I didn’t see your first comment there originally. I just saw the one from Mr. Galt. That’s why I responded like I did. I didn’t realize the context of his comment… So there’s no need to appologize for hijacking the thread.

    As I’m still a bit weak from the flu, I won’t jump in here and try to defend “government schools,” Karl Marx, or anything else… I’ll just say good night.

  15. Iron Lung 2
    Posted May 13, 2018 at 7:52 pm | Permalink

    These were such innocent times.

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