Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Akin To Be

True, we're talking about a Congressman who once said, "Sociologists, psychologists, and other experts can give us all sorts of technical explanations, but we all know from experience that kids are best off when they have a mom and a dad," thereby asserting that anecdotal evidence is much stronger than rigorous scientific study. So Todd Akin might be a few plumes shy of a full feather duster when it comes to intellectually cleaning up. That might just be because he represents a magazine in the House--really, according to Wikipedia he's from Town and Country, Missouri.

Akin was one of the brave Republicans facing the most grave dangers threatening the world in the past few weeks. While small minds like Al Gore worry about environmental peril, and no one at all bothers with petty issues like the Taliban taking back Afghanistan region by region or the civil war eve that exists in Iraq or the ever-burgeoning national debt (Condi Rice will worry about Israel v. Hezbollah after a week more of bombing, we're told), Congressional Republicans have done crucial work defending America by censuring the New York Times, making sure the symbol of our country is more important than the liberties for which it flies, protecting embryos from ever becoming science experiments, hoping to amend the Bill of Rights so that it would take away the rights of gays, and now making sure the country remains "under God," which would seem to go without saying if he's really omnipresent and all--that makes us all the prepositions God, doesn't it? The Republicans argue that a Pledge of Allegiance without God in it would be like an Iraq without Allah. We'll let the Shia and Sunnis decide which version of Allah--that's freedom of religion, and the last person left alive in Iraq will have that someday, thanks to the U.S.

Meanwhile, Todd Akin said today, "We're creating a fence. The fence goes around the federal judiciary. We're doing that because we don't trust them."

He went on to say, "First, let me make it clear this isn't like the fence we need to put up to keep out illegal immigrants--this one doesn't need to be electrified, no matter what my good colleague from Iowa says. True, a Republican president appoints the judiciary and we get to approve many of them, but how can we really trust that process?"

OK, I made the last paragraph up. But Akin really did once say this about the Democrats in Congress: "Yet, today, we see what is becoming a constitutional crisis which is completely unprecedented, and that is the use of the filibuster to basically stop the confirmation process both for circuit court and Supreme Court nominations. " So it goes like this--if Republicans rein in judges, who they appoint and approve, that's dandy. If the Democrats think they have a say in anything, that's a constitutional crisis.


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