Because the old readers don't hate us enough, here's something to irritate the new batch. Presenting: DovBear's round up of the GOP's most recent assaults on fairplay and decency.
First, to claim the chairmanship of the Judiciary committe Arlen Spector is forced to swear fealty to the president and to abandon future personal or independent judgment on judicial nominees. We wonder if this is anything like becoming a made man? Come to think of it, maybe it isn't too terrible that Arlen Spector is no longer thinking for himself.
Second, a provision allowing the (GOP) House Leadership to review your income tax returns has been buried in the big new spending bill. Wow. $380 billion of bogus, pork spending and they get to paw through your private papers. Man, it is good to be the king.
Third, John (Thank God he's Gone) Ashcroft announces that all judges should be shot as traitors. Whoops, no. That was someone else. Actually, Ashcroft said, "second-guessing of presidential determinations in these critical areas can put at risk the very security of our nation in a time of war." Or, as a more plain-speaking man might say: Judges who follow the Constitution, Marbury v. Madison, and 200 years of precedent and put the Constitution ahead of the president's wishes should be shot as traitors
And, fourth, Congress, that motley band of fun-loving theives Mark Twain called the "distinctly native American criminal class," has changed the rules to allow Leader Tom DeLay to run the show from jail, if necessary. Yes, from jail, just like John Gotti.
So, notwithstanding my misguided politics, fellow Americans and NASCAR fans I hope you will agree: These are dangerous, disreputable men you've put in charge of our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor. Next time the blue states tell you something, I expect you will listen.