Amok Time
by Jerry Gilio
April 12, 2005

Tom DeLay has decided that the federal judiciary has "run amok". It's a statement dripping with irony. If anyone should recognize a group that's out of control, it's DeLay. He represents the extreme elements of a political party that seems to be determined to redefine "running amok".

In DeLayland, anyone who doesn't agree with him is a loose canon that must be brought under control. Which is bad news for judges because they'll probably be disagreeing with him a lot.

Back in 1954, some people disagreed with Brown v. Board of Education. That ruling eliminated "separate but equal" segregation in our schools. The same kind of people have spent recent nights huddled in corners of dank basements, gnawing on puppy's skulls and pining for the Good Old Days when Christian Morals carried the day. Back then the deviants and heathens knew their place.

And DeLay feels their pain. He knows that, "Peter and Paul cannot be mothers, and Mary and Jane cannot be fathers." I suppose they could all be parents, but what does that matter? It's not traditional and tradition is everything in DeLayland.

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) finds fault in "occasions, where judges are making political decisions yet are unaccountable to the public". This swine seems to have forgotten that the judiciary is unaccountable to the public for a reason. Their ability to ignore the angry villagers waving torches and pitchforks on the courthouse steps is what insures personal freedom. Otherwise the majority can always gang up on the minority, in effect kicking liberty in the nuts until it's dead.

After being told that what they consider abhorrent behavior, such as burning the flag in protest, is protected by the Constitution, DeLay and his ilk have decided to fix the Constitution. Why do you think that amendments are all the rage? These power-crazed vermin are like kids that have found their daddy's gun and they're itching to kill something. If you introduce censorship and discrimination into the Constitution, you cut the legs out from under the judges. And in DeLayland the judges are The Enemy.

The people of Kansas recently dropped The Big One on their constitution. They took a brave stand to defend traditional family values against the marauding bands of homosexuals sweeping across the Great Plains. Kansas gathered the wagons into a circle and passed an anti-gay marriage amendment. But they're not the first ones. Sixteen other states led the way. Their mothers must be very proud.

But there's hope. This time the thinking is so monumentally wrongheaded that even President Bush is distancing himself from it. Who can blame him? You've got vicious hate mongers trying to whip the citizenry into an anti-judicial frenzy by quoting such pillars of freedom as Josef Stalin. Edwin Vieira, author of How to Dethrone the Imperial Judiciary, recently invoked Uncle Joe. "He had a slogan, and it worked very well for him, whenever he ran into difficulty: 'no man, no problem'," Vieira said. Of course, the full quote is "Death solves all problems: no man, no problem." Indeed. Fortunately, even the most ambitious president has to admit that waging a pogrom against another branch of the government may not be wise. It's definitely not the kind of action history would smile upon.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that America will see the light before we wander too far down this self-destructive path. You can certainly pick up speed by pointing the plane's nose straight down. But eventually you'll come to a sudden, awful stop and no one wants to be on board for that.

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