And now. The editorial award in the category of High Moral Weepin’ For Sheer Gibbon Gibberish goes today to the Orange County Register, for their “The long, slow death of the rule of law in America.” And with some stentorian excerpts of the blubbering baboon blather [whatevs] let’s welcome Charlton Heston to our podium front and center, looking a lot like Cher just stole the Babby Jesus’ binky:
What’s truly unsettling is that it has been widely taken as read among both the media and the general public that Mrs. Clinton will likely avoid serious legal consequences for her behavior because the Justice Department is ultimately answerable to President Obama…
What’s truly unsettling is when an Op-Ed writer pining away for the “death of the rule of law” can’t point to some law somewhere that somehow got broken. It’s all the more troubling when we’re asked to casually accept his allegation of Obama’s lawlessness, such that America is doubtlessly and definitively doomed. Yes sir, no kidding:
Because we’ve arrived at this point incrementally, perhaps we’re not conscious of how sweeping the transformation is. So let’s be clear about what’s at stake: This is a wholesale abandonment of the foundational American principle of the rule of law.
Three paragraphs earlier it was a “trend”, now it’s the Law Apocalypse. And which laws in particular have been gutted to make banjo strings for the Four Horsemen? Sshhh. Can’t we just dispense with the “thinks” and the “facts”? Let’s instead just stare at this:
Then let’s all chant together: There is no rule of law. Two million Americans live in prison because we’re a nation full of slumming hipsters. Whose turn is it to get shivved in the breezeway, incidentally? OH and…
Consider the current debate over the nuclear deal with Iran. By any reasonable reading, the agreement should have been presented to Congress as a treaty, requiring a two-thirds supermajority in the Senate to take effect. The White House, however, has refused to classify it as such, leaving Congress to haggle its way into an arrangement whereby the president can have his way with the support of just one-third of either house of Congress.
That’s not your typical politics, that’s a lynching! (…which, you might recall, was a legal practice in this country for centuries. It was still perfectly legal right up until Southern conservatives abandoned their filibusters of anti-lynching legislation back in…never. That’s right. There is no federal anti-lynching law, because the rednecks defeated every attempt to pass one. Congratulations law n’ order caucus.)
Anyway, it is laughable for anyone to bring up the “Rule of Law” anywhere in the vicinity of Republicans and the topic of Iran. President-elect Reagan’s nascent administration – before they were even sworn in – undercut the Carter presidency and negotiated with Iran’s hostage takers, which by any perspective amounts to treason. The Reagan administration also illegally sold missiles to Iran and funneled the profits – also also illegally – to the Contras in Nicaragua, pooling the revenue with drug money acquired from Contra-friendly cocaine kingpins. Cocaine dealing is illegal, I remind you, even in Central America.
And then there’s former vice president Dick Cheney.
“You, sir, were arguing for the United States to lift sanctions on Iran, so that your company, Halliburton, could get contracts with this radical regime,” Stewart told a balloon representing Cheney. “Contracts worth millions of dollars. And pardon me if I am impugning your character, but what would you make of a man whose final act in the business world, before joining the American government as vice president, would be to enter into contracts with the number one state sponsor of terror, just before leaving to become Bush’s running mate – contracts that were only legal because you did them through a foreign subsidiary?”
Your law-abidin’ patriot. Perhaps, for the liberals, the point the OC Register was trying to make was that Hillary Clinton isn’t yet in jail, and that makes a mockery of their understanding of The Law. Or their projection of The Law, which is more likely the case. Given the way they’ve behaved in the past Republicans don’t have any idea what’s actually against the rules. Dick Cheney by the way got a $34 million bonus from Halliburton just for joining the Bush ticket, and somehow that was perfectly legal…