Sunday, June 24, 2012

James Fallows: Blatant liar, deranged lunatic, or both?

Fallows serves up some bizarre crap that the US is undergoing a coup:

  • First, a presidential election is decided by five people, who don't even try to explain their choice in normal legal terms.
  • Then the beneficiary of that decision appoints the next two members of the court, who present themselves for consideration as restrained, humble figures who care only about law rather than ideology.
  • Once on the bench, for life, those two actively second-guess and re-do existing law, to advance the interests of the party that appointed them.
  • Meanwhile their party's representatives in the Senate abuse procedural rules to an extent never previously seen to block legislation -- and appointments, especially to the courts.
  • And, when a major piece of legislation gets through, the party's majority on the Supreme Court prepares to negate it -- even though the details of the plan were originally Republican proposals and even though the party's presidential nominee endorsed these concepts only a few years ago.

Give him credit for one thing -- it's hard to pack so many lies into so few words.

I'm not even going to bother with a full bore fisking of this garbage.  Life is too short.  But Bush v. Gore was decided 7-2.  Only a complete dumbass or a paid liar would fail to mention that bit of reality.  And even the consortium of left-wing journalists that examined every hanging chad in a light most favorable to Gore concluded that Bush had more votes.  Had the liberals running the networks not showed their bias by calling Florida for Gore before the polls closed in the panhandle, the thousands of Bush voters who left voting lines in disappointment would have voted and we would have been spared the circus Gore put the nation through for the next month.  And had the Gore camp not engaged in flagrant election fraud by instructing all the Democrats in charge of County election commissions to discard legal absentee ballots cast by overseas military personnel (in direct contravention of a Federal court order), Bush would have won by a comfortable margin.

As for his following serial defamations of every Republican in DC, he's just as full of it as he was in his first point.  The only coup to speak of appears to be the one that stupidity, insanity, and dishonesty have staged in his brain (giving him the benefit of the doubt that they haven't always reigned supreme therein).

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