Thursday, April 16, 2009

Georgia Too?

How disgusting and how embarrassing! I didn't comment on Texas Governor Rick Perry's asinine threats out of respect for my Texas friends(anf wife) was just downright silly and you know how Texans can get worked up. Now, according to Jay Bookman of the AJC the Georgia Senate is even worse! This is just too much on top of yesterday's threat by the GOP governor of Texas to secede as well. The Georgia Senate voted and passed a resolution by a vote of 43-1 to secede from and even disband the United States. There is no other explanation than insanity. Here is Jay...

In fact, Senate Resolution 632 did a lot more than merely threaten to end this country. It stated that under the Constitution, the only crimes the federal government could prosecute were treason, piracy and slavery.

“Therefore, all acts of Congress which assume to create, define or punish [other] crimes … are altogether void, and of no force,” the Georgia Senate declared.

In other words, in the infinite, almost unanimous wisdom of the Georgia Senate, Michael Vick is being imprisoned illegally, Bernie Madoff should serve no time for stealing $60 billion and the Unabomber must go free. In fact, the federal penitentiary in Atlanta should be emptied of its inmates.

But wait, there’s more.

The resolution goes on to endorse the theory that states have the right to abridge constitutional freedoms of religion, press and speech. According to the resolution, it is up to the states to decide “how far the licentiousness of speech and of the press may be abridged.”

The resolution even endorses “nullification,” the legal concept that states have the power to “nullify” or ignore federal laws that they believe exceed the powers granted under the Constitution. That concept has a particularly nasty legacy. It helped precipitate the Civil War, and in the 1950s and early ’60s it was cited by Southern states claiming the right to ignore Supreme Court rulings ordering the end of segregation.

Finally, the resolution states that if Congress, the president or federal courts take any action that exceeds their constitutional powers, the Constitution is rendered null and void and the United States of America is officially disbanded. As an example, the resolution specifically states that if the federal government enacts “prohibitions of type or quantity of arms or ammunition,” the country is disbanded.

In other words, if Congress votes to restore the ban on sale of assault rifles, the United States is deemed to no longer exist.

What you are seeing here are Republicans intentionally inciting violence just like they did during the campaign. They began egging their followers towards violence during the presidential campaign, and continue to increase the inflammatory language using their shills like Glenn Beck and the rest of Faux News. Today they had the gall to call for the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to no longer investigate known domestic terror threats. These people are crazy!

Serious Republicans better wake the fuck up and get this extremism under control because the GOP has a serious problem with extremists, not just in its midst, but among its leadership and its key allies in the faux media (FOX News, Limbaugh, the blogs, and the religious right). Maybe they don't realize ( and maybe they don't care) but there is ample evidence that there are some extreme followers who are listening and need very little to move them toward severe violence. Now that they're calling on the government to ignore known terrorist threats, it's only a matter of time before something serious happens and they won't be able to hide from their responsibility for it. If they really want to be the party out of power then let something happen that can clearly be associated with the continuos calls for secession and violence emanating from the GOP and they will know the gutter permanently.

While I wasn't born in Georgia I have lived here long enough to be embarrassed by this. I can truly say that when I read this I was actually speechless.

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