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May 11, 2005

It's OK If You Are A Republican

-- by Dave Johnson

A letter I received:

There was a story in the LATimes this am that has gotten no blog coverage at all and IMHO it needs some as I feel it is very important - the headline is "Court Lets Cheney Keep Talks Secret".

The key paragraph (to me) is down near the end -

"During the Clinton administration, the same appeals court gave the 1972 law a broader scope, saying it applied to the health policy task force led by First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. Then, the court said outside participants in a White House advisory group were "de facto members" of the group, and therefore the public had a right to know about the meetings."
What I read from this is that IOKIYAR is now OFFICIAL POLICY. Laws will OFFICIALY be interpreted one way for dems & another way for rethugs. If you read this the same way I implore you to please comment!!!!

BTW, although the article doesn't specify the court I am certain it is the one with Silberman on it. Anyway, RIGHT HERE are the ACTIVIST JUDGES taking a dump on the US Constitution and on "EQUALITY BEFORE THE LAW". Please do something with it (or tell me I'm mistaken)

Yep, that is exactly what the battle over judges is about.

Previously at Seeing the Forest, The Right Will Fight Dirty,

A few years later, after the Iran/Contra arms scandal investigation began, Lawrence Walsh wrote about the nature of The Party apparatus that had infiltrated the government and obstructed his efforts to find out for us what had happened. The following is from The Impeachment Conspiracy by Robert Parry:
“The North case reached the U.S. Court of Appeals in 1990 and the Poindexter case followed in 1991. Iran-contra special prosecutor Lawrence Walsh, a Republican himself, encountered what he termed "a powerful band of Republican appointees [who] waited like the strategic reserves of an embattled army."

Walsh recognized that many of the appeals judges held a "continuing political allegiance" to the conservative Federalist Society, an organization dedicated to purging liberalism from the federal courts.

"It reminded me of the communist front groups of the 1940s and 1950s, whose members were committed to the communist cause and subject to communist direction but were not card-carrying members of the Communist Party," Walsh wrote. [For details, see Walsh's Firewall.]

A leader of this partisan faction was Judge Laurence H. Silberman, a bombastic character known for his decidedly injudicious temperament. Silberman had served as a foreign policy advisor to Ronald Reagan's 1980 campaign and had joined in a controversial contact with an emissary from Iran behind President Carter's back. [See Robert Parry's Trick or Treason.]” [emphasis added]

Unimaginable
Law itself is under attack. That's what is behind the push to confirm their Federalist Society judges. And to get that done they are working on getting rid of the right to filibuster in the Senate.
Bush Appoints Silberman,
He first shows up as one of the people from the Reagan campaign who met with the Iranians in the Iran Hostage Crisis:

[. . .] Then he's one of the judges who let Ollie North off the hook on a technicality.

Later he shows up as one of the main behind-the-scenes Clinton-haters: ...

A Two-Track Justice System
... Got that? The people investigated in Iran-Contra - which yielded many convictions, including Ollie North, and many last-minute pardons that avoided sure conviction - are said to be investigated unfairly and reimbursed for their expenses, while those investigated in Whitewater - in which all the charges were found to be completely without merit - are not.

Not to mention that this panel of judges has assigned far-right investigators to every case since Iran Contra. These investigators have found no wrongdoing by any Republicans but hounded Democrats.

Also see Court Denies Clintons' Request for Legal Reimbursement.

There is no more law. There is no more justice. There is only Republican corruption. W.A.T.C.H. Y.O.U.R. B.A.C.K.S!

Posted by Dave Johnson at May 11, 2005 6:56 PM

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Comments

IOKIYAR has been the unspoken convention for quite awhile.

It's the expected ruling, isn't it? Otherwise the court would have been branded "activist".

When does Commander Codpiece become Caesar Codpiece and subsequently become the Son of God according the New Constitutional Manifest Destiny with its Bill of the Righteous? When Diebold can deliver the 2/3rds majority of states.

But Frist may only ask for a simple majority.

Posted by: kelley b. at May 12, 2005 3:59 AM

Commander Codpiece is already Caesar Codpiece. Caesar Augustus, the first unchallenged Roman emperor, never had himself declared emperor and lived very modestly for sensible political reasons. You need to establish your total power and have it become a tradition before you can openly claim it. Be glad Bush doesn't have any sons! And expect Jeb Bush to run for president.

Posted by: MJ at May 12, 2005 6:20 AM

IOKIYAR has been the unspoken convention for quite awhile
True, but this is the first time I've seen it in print in the SCLM. I wish I had the expertise to read both of these decisions and understand precisely what they say, what rationale this court used to read the law one way for Ms. Clinton's Health Care Task Force & another way for Mr. Cheney's Energy Task force.
Perhaps I'm being optimistic, but to me this seems like one of those few things the folks on the right cannot deny or rationalize away, perhaps this is one of those "talking points" that can convince the thoughtful or at least shut up the loudmouths, at least for one moment.
The 2006 mid-term elections are the key to any sort of sanity, should the R's steal them again then there really is no hope at all.

Posted by: darms at May 12, 2005 7:10 AM

I hate to bring this up but is it possible that Bush could run again? Doesn't the law read "cannot be elected to more than two terms"? Bush was only elected to one term. The first term he was "appointed" not elected. He might even change the Constitution (once again) to give himself another term. Don't forget, this little man has been a failure all of his life. He was a cheerleader in school, ducked out of military service, failed at every business venture he attempted, must have been a disappointment to "daddy" because of these things in addition to being a substance abuser. He is now in a position of power. He will not allow anyone who does not agree with him to be anywhere near him. How can he give up all this power and attention and go back to being the little nothing that he was? Expect the worst and you'll never be disappointed!

Posted by: Jane Algozzini at May 12, 2005 11:39 AM

OT but here's another IOKIYAR that's closer to home, or to be more specific, closer to the bedroom. Be prepared, it will make you sick.

http://www.thenation.com/doc.mhtml?i=20050530&s=mcgarvey

Posted by: desmodus at May 12, 2005 1:42 PM

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