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Observations on the pathetic state of American politics

Monthly Archives: April 2013

The Anti-Constitutional Lindsey Graham

These are the kinds of statements that worry me most about the current crop of ultra right-wingers in Congress.

The last things we want to do is read [the] Boston suspect Miranda Rights

Eh gad!  Here’s a U.S. Senator, lawyer, member of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, saying we should just ignore the Constitution.  Look, I’d love to see the people responsible for the Boston Marathon bombing strung up immediately: no trial, no publicity, no mercy.  But that’s not what America is about.  That behavior puts us on the same plane as the crazy ideologue cowards who commit such acts. And it’s another example of how the Republican Party thrives on fear and paranoia.  They love the War on Terror because it’s a wonderful excuse to ignore the rule of law and hand out buckets of money to the defense contractors in their local districts.

Slate‘s Emily Bazelon cogently reminds readers that when the law gets bent out of shape for terrorists, “it’s easier to bend out of shape for the  rest of us.”  Just what the Republicons want, I suspect.

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GOP Imperils U.S. Judicial System

This isn’t really news; it’s been the way the Republicons have been behaving for years.  By blocking virtually all the President’s nominees to federal court judgeships, the GOP is making a mockery of the nation’s judiciary.  I only hope that when/if there is ever another Republican in the White House, the Democrats return the favor and block all and every nomination.

Of 856 federal district and circuit court seats, 85 are unfilled — a 10 percent vacancy rate and nearly double the rate at this point in the presidency of George W. Bush. More than a third of the vacancies have been declared “judicial emergencies” based on court workloads and the length of time the seats have been empty. By far the most important cause of this unfortunate state of affairs is the determination of Senate Republicans, for reasons of politics, ideology and spite, to confirm as few of President Obama’s judicial choices as possible. [NY Times]

Taxpayer Funding for the NRA

Why are U.S. taxpayers forced by law to fund the NRA? See this little tidbit:

Title XVI of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1996  (Page 331) created the Corporation for the Promotion of Rifle Practice & Firearms Safety (CPRPFS).

“The Corporation may obtain surplus property and supplies  without cost, but may sell at fair market value surplus rifles, ammunition…to citizens of the United States over 18 years of age who are members of a gun club affiliated with the Corporation.”   The NRA is such a corporation.

It’s a taxpayer giveaway.  Why can’t the military sell the surplus weaponry themselves and return the profits to taxpayers?