Tuesday, April 19, 2005

DeLay fingers the real enemy: knowledge

House Majority Leader Tom DeLay intensified his criticism of the federal courts on Tuesday, singling out Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's work from the bench as "incredibly outrageous" because he has relied on international law and done research on the Internet.

DeLay also said he thought there were a "lot of Republican-appointed judges that are judicial activists."

The No. 2 Republican in the House has openly criticized the federal courts since they refused to order the reinsertion of Terri Schiavo's feeding tube. And he pointed to Kennedy as an example of Republican members of the Supreme Court who were activist and isolated.

"Absolutely. We've got Justice Kennedy writing decisions based upon international law, not the Constitution of the United States? That's just outrageous," DeLay told Fox News Radio. "And not only that, but he said in session that he does his own research on the Internet? That is just incredibly outrageous."

In DeLayadelphia, the Internets are feared because they contain the bugaboos of diversity, skepticism and, in a few isolated pockets, the devil's primary plaything: knowledge. And judges should be held in the castle keep like Rapunzle, with nothing to entertain them but the King James version and, if they promise not to take it too seriously, the (pre-New Deal) Constitution. How dare they do research!


Blogger 456hea said...

Having lived in the South for a few unfortunate years, I can relate to DeLay and his type. In their world, things are upside down. It all just really boils down to being very immature and very stupid.

5:15 AM  
Anonymous Art said...

Neither immature nor stupid, unfortunately. A man in DeLay's position knows that an ignorant populace is easier to control. It is cynical. It is sneaky. It is successful.

5:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Be all that as it may, it's what the American people want; it's what they've voted for. History is doomed to repeat itself and this "great?" nation of ours will inevitably walk the same road as every great nation before it.

7:20 AM  
Blogger black max said...

Please don't continue passing off that ridiculous claptrap about everyone in the South being ignorant yahoos who deserve to be represented by the Tom DeLays of the world. As I've posted before in other venues, there are a ton of intelligent, free-thinking people living below the Mason-Dixon line. Keep the Hee-Haw stereotypes out of the political conversation, please.

7:40 AM  
Blogger raginblue6 said...

Yep, that's it. The GOP loathes knowledge almost as much as the Church once did. Seems as though the Church is headed back that way, after the, apparently, false light of Vatican II.

Knowledge, as in education, is the single biggest enemy of orthodoxy, dogma and ideologies of all kinds.

I would say that the dunbing down of America has gone extremely well, since 1980 or so.That is the main reason Republicans conmtrol everything.

9:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in Tom DeLay's district and even I can read the U.S. Constitution, Article VI, Paragraph 2:

"This constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, any thing in the constitution or laws of any state to the contrary notwithstanding."

So if the U.S. signed onto an International Law we have to respect it BECAUSE it says so in the Constitution, Tommie Boy!

9:50 AM  
Anonymous Jesse said...

Delay is outraged because Kennedy relies on the Internet? What about all of the conservatives that don't get their news from the networks? They get it from the Internet.

10:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In Somerset KY, heart of Hal Roger's district, the preachers spend political downtime preaching the evils of the internet (Porn! Ganbling! Librulz!), the helplessness of the average citizen to protect themselves and their children from its influence, and the need for parents to set a good example by avoiding the internet. It workes. No one in this community has ever heard of a firewall. I put one in in 2003, my computer immediately froze online, and I couldn't figure it out untill my extremely right wing local ISP owner told my husband I didn't need a firewall. I had a new ISP in 48 hours.

11:25 AM  
Blogger Crackpot Press said...

I can't believe that there is still support for this guy. I mean he just keeps digging his hole deeper and deeper.

What are these people thinking?

Bill Frist looks down right sane!

Okay I better get my under-employed ass back to work now. I need to start planning my Social Security Golden Parachute Account...

Oh there's an Oil that looks good...their profits are up.

11:58 AM  

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