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Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Time to act

Moveon.org needs your help:

"In the next 10 days the Republican leadership is planning to pull the trigger on their scheme to break the rules of the Senate and seize absolute power over judicial appointments. We must act."

The progressive organisation's latest alert outlines the dangers of this Republican attempt at subverting democracy:

"If radical Republicans seize absolute power to pack the courts with extremist judges, some of our most treasured rights, like basic environmental protections, the right to privacy, and even the 40-hour work week would be in danger. A rally in your area, as part of a massive national wave of protest, could help sway enough votes in the Senate to stop them. Can you help make it happen?"

Let's not forget the recent comments of Republican House Majority Leader Tom Delay who said after the death of Terry Schiavo: "The time will come for the men responsible for this to answer for their behaviour, but not today." Directly threatening judicial independence strikes at the heart of democracy. Delay is currently charged with numerous ethical breaches though his supporters claim this is nothing more than a left-wing vendetta against him. Bollocks.

Which country is the most religiously dangerous in the world? It sure ain't Iran.

4 Comments:

Blogger Marcel said...

Which 'religious country' is the most dangerous in the world to you rabid secularists? Well it can't possibly be the country which commits millions of abortion murders, produces the most pornography, judicially legitimates the fiercest secularism and exports moral relativism to the rest of the planet.

The United States of America is one of the great undermining agents of religion in the world. They even host the UN, and pay a good deal more than anyone else to keep it running. Much of the liberal theology from within the world's great churches eminates from America. And their 1960s legacy of radical feminism and glorified hedonism hasn't helped the world either. You are completely wrong on the United States intentions and capabilities.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005 12:02:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mate, it's one thing to play in your own sandbox, but stay out of American politics: you clearly have no idea what you're talking about (nor does moveon, for that matter). Where is there a constitutional right to 'environmental protections' (as nebluous an idea as that is) or a 40-hour work week? The logical conflations and leaps in your argument are breathtaking...

Wednesday, April 20, 2005 12:24:00 pm  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

Where at the leaps? Pretty clear, really. The vast majority of Americans opposed the Republicans and far-right getting involved in the Schiavo case. In many Western democracies, there is a major threat to now accepted norms, such as working hours, environmental regulation etc. If you simply believe that the market should decide everything, then you aren't living a fair democracy.
And I know quite a lot about the blessed US of A. Thanks for the advice though, I'll take them on board!

Wednesday, April 20, 2005 12:33:00 pm  
Blogger weezil said...

It's this simple, folks. The theocrats are trying to destroy the checks and balances designed into the US Constitution to keep particular groups (read that religionists) from getting control of the nation.

With the destruction of the filibuster, Marcel White could be a US Supreme Court justice.

Now, what a Mongolian cluster fuck THAT would be...

-weez

Wednesday, April 20, 2005 1:41:00 pm  

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