Monday, April 11, 2005

The Right-Wing Talk About Judges

Stirring up antipathy towards judges seems to be a recurring pattern among conservatives. I wish these sorts of quotes were coming from the loony fringe, but it appears that they are the mainstream of the GOP. And these are the people who want to foster a "Culture of Life"...

Representative Tom Delay: "The time will come for the men responsible for this to answer for their behavior."

Sen. John Cornyn: "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"

In the following quotes, conservative discuss Anthony Kennedy, a Ronald Reagan appointee:

Phyllis Schlafly ... said Kennedy's opinion forbidding capital punishment for juveniles "is a good ground of impeachment."

Michael P. Farris, chairman of the Home School Legal Defense Association: "[Kennedy should be the poster boy for impeachment... If our congressmen and senators do not have the courage to impeach and remove from office Justice Kennedy, they ought to be impeached as well."

Lawyer-author Edwin Vieira: "[Kennedy] upholds Marxist, Leninist, satanic principles drawn from foreign law....[Joseph Stalin] had a slogan, and it worked very well for him, whenever he ran into difficulty: 'no man, no problem,'"

(the full quote from Stalin was: "Death solves all problems: no man, no problem.")


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