The Anti-Constitutional Lindsey Graham
April 19, 2013
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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.