Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither, and lose both.
-- Benjamin Franklin

Proof the lunatics are running the asylum.

The idiots who make up the majority in Congress continue to astound, not only with their abrogation of the traditional values of the republican party such as reduced spending and non-interference of the federal government with the individuals and states, but also with their callous disregard for the rule of law itself. Bad enough that Tom DeLay is the hypocrite he is. His fellow Texas Republican John Cornyn actually stated in Congress that the murder of judges can be explained by exhasperation with their rulings.

From the New York Times:
\It was appalling when the House majority leader threatened political retribution against judges who did not toe his extremist political line. But when a second important Republican stands up and excuses murderous violence against judges as an understandable reaction to their decisions, then it is time to get really scared.

It happened on Monday, in a moment that was horrifying even by the rock-bottom standards of the campaign that Republican zealots are conducting against the nation’s judiciary. Senator John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, rose in the chamber and dared to argue that recent courthouse violence might be explained by distress about judges who “are making political decisions yet are unaccountable to the public.” The frustration “builds up and builds up to the point where some people engage in” violence, said Mr. Cornyn, a former member of the Texas Supreme Court who is on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which supposedly protects the Constitution and its guarantee of an independent judiciary.

Listeners could only cringe at the events behind Mr. Cornyn’s fulminating: an Atlanta judge was murdered in his courtroom by a career criminal who wanted only to shoot his way out of a trial, and a Chicago judge’s mother and husband were executed by a deranged man who was furious that she had dismissed a wild lawsuit. It was sickening that an elected official would publicly offer these sociopaths as examples of any democratic value, let alone as holders of legitimate concerns about the judiciary. \

So. John Cornyn and Tom DeLay have proved that they not only do not have the understanding of the basic checks and balances in our constitution that would be taught in any middle-school civics class, they will excuse threats and physical violence in the place of the rule of law, if it will advance their own political careers.

If You’re Not Outraged, You’re Not Paying Attention

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