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April 8, 2005

Those OTHER People - The BAD Ones

-- by Dave Johnson

I've written that the Bush crowd might have the best of intentions, be totally honest and committed to democracy, etc., but that by removing all of our political system's checks and balances and processes of oversight & accountability, they are leaving the door open for other people, bad people to seize the reigns of absolute control of our country, casting our democracy aside. To say the least, there is historical precedent for this. In fact, I think I can venture to say that it always happens when democracies let their guard down like we have. You've heard the expression, "Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty."

Well, here we are, at the crossroads. From Congress Daily, through Eschaton:

Christian conservatives and a core group of congressional supporters are launching a significant new push to restructure the federal judicial system to reflect a more explicitly biblical world view, in the hopes that these changes will pave the way for broader social and political changes, leaders of the movement said.

Some of the most prominent conservative leaders in the country -- including Vision America's Rick Scarborough, Coral Ridge Ministry's James Kennedy and the Free Congress Foundation's Paul Weyrich -- launched the effort Thursday in Washington.

Members of the new coalition said they would immediately focus on bringing an end to Democratic filibusters of President Bush's judicial nominees before pushing Senate Majority Leader Frist to enact sweeping changes in the judiciary.

They also warned that Frist and other politicians who have thus far been reluctant to force a confrontation with Senate Minority Leader Reid over the nominations would be held accountable if Democrats continue to block conservative judges.

Participants at this week's Judeo-Christian Council for Constitutional Restoration meeting said the group also will focus on forcing Congress to begin impeachment proceedings against any judge who does not conform with their biblically based interpretation of the Constitution, as well as permanently curb judicial authority over matters of church and state, marriage and governmental acknowledgement of a Christian deity.

"What it is time to do is impeach justices," Texas Justice Foundation President Allan Parker extolled a crowd of a hundred or so conservative lobbyists, attorneys and activists. "The standard should be any judge who believes in the 'living constitution' should be impeached." [emphasis added]

There is no doubt where these people intend to take the country. Ad the only people standing in their way at this point are the so-called "moderate Republicans." The current leadership of the Republican Party has brought us to this point, intentionally or not.

Posted by Dave Johnson at April 8, 2005 4:31 PM

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Wow. This box (and what is usually below it) is waaaaaaaaay down at the bottome of the screen, while everything that's usually above it is in it's correct place.


Anyway, I've been referencing Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaids Tale" for quite some time. The majority of Americans are not fundamentalists. Where are they and where are the protests? It's not just progressives that find these ideas repugnant.

Posted by: Karen at April 8, 2005 4:58 PM

Well I have no idea what screwed up this page. Other pages using the same template are just fine.

Posted by: Dave Johnson at April 8, 2005 7:23 PM

It is very scary, what is happening now in the US, and so quickly, too -- Bush was reelected (or elected, or whatever) less than six months ago. Where are you going to be in a year or by the 2006 midterms?
Its time to hold a conference of your own.
And get Michael Moore to do a movie about it.

Posted by: CathiefromCanada at April 8, 2005 7:25 PM

Wow! This blog is busted! I first tried Safari, which I couldn't read because the background stayed gray. So I switched to Firefox, and the box, which isn't even marked off as a box, is WAY down at the bottom of the page. I wouldn't have found it if someone hadn't already commented on this.

I don't know what we can do to stop what's going on politically. Since Bush doesn't have to worry about being re-elected, he obviously feels free to do whatever he wants.

Posted by: MJ at April 8, 2005 7:33 PM

I'm posting this time using Safari, which is still dark gray. If I click Comments the page is white, but the box is way down at the bottom of the page just as in Firefox. At least it's a box, though.

Posted by: MJ at April 8, 2005 7:39 PM

Dave,

I just tested it. You have an unclosed "blockquote" which spans the "div" tags (the ones that mark the "more" segment), and that is (at least under Mozilla):

a) screwing up the main blog, by creating an unclosed "blockquote", meaning that all the other posts underneath it are also formatted in blockquote

b) screwing up the comments by somehow screwing up the "div" tags... remove the closing "blockquote" from the area between the "more" div tags, and the formatting problems with the comment section disappear.

Basically, you can't have a blockquote start in the "Entry Body" area, and be closed in the "Extended Entry area".

Thomas

Posted by: Thoams Leavitt at April 8, 2005 10:21 PM

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