Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Parting Shots, Including Antonin Scalia: It’s Republican World! 2015 In Review-- Epilogue


- by Noah

Oh how I wish one could make Republican World vanish just by no longer writing about it. But, it persists like a horrible virus, bent on running its course while infecting the body politic with vile fevers and chills, and America ponders those “Did this come from my body” moments. Do we survive the ill effects of Republican World, or, do we succumb? All I can say is that America has been very resilient in the past.

For my end of the year review, I could have written additional chapters. After all there is no end to republican nihilism and insanity. I could have written about other imaginary scandals that exist only in the minds of republicans: Benghazi, for one. But, really, do we need anymore of that one? Suffice to say, we have a Republican controlled Congress that has held something like 10 hearings on the subject, wasting over $4,500,000 of our hard earned taxpayer dollars, just for the most recent one, just so they could grandstand for the way too eager to comply media hacks.

The real Benghazi scandal is not just about the money wasted, of course. That money could have been safely invested and helped to provide food or medical security for Americans, but that is not what the Republican Party is about and they have proven that time and time again. No, the real Benghazi scandal is that Republicans, in their nihilism, saw 4 tragic American deaths as exploitable for political gain.

I could have written about another in a long line of fraudulent FOX “News” icons such as the incestuous, child-molesting Josh Duggar, late of the Family Research Council. Republican World luminaries such as Mike Huckabee, Megyn Kelly, and Sarah Palin had no qualms about defending him. Well, hey, at least he’s white, wink, wink.

I thought FOX had gone off the deep end with Cliven “Let Me Tell You About The Negro” Bundy. Then, along comes Duck Dynasty’s hate-filled Phil Robertson who suddenly makes repeat appearances as an authority on our foreign policy, regarding Syria, on Sean Hannity’s nightly "Romper Room for The Deranged" TeeVee show. What’s next! I have a feeling Hannity will top it in 2016. Now, if only he would top himself.

No, I don’t really mean that about Hannity topping himself. That would be sooo wrong, wouldn’t it? You see, FOX would probably then go and give him a state funeral and announce that the late Hannity is being replaced not just by Phil Robertson, but by Phil Robertson and Pat Robertson together. Then, they’d give Josh Duggar a weekly segment on raising a family.

Hannity’s resting place would be outside the FOX “News” building where he would lie in a glass coffin like Vladimir Lenin. Republicans could then come by and press buttons to hear and see recordings of Hannity’s greatest insane statements.

I have a lot of favorite Republican World 2015 stories. One is a story of Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-R). Rodgers claims to represent Washington’s 5th District. Granted her district is about as far east in her state as one can be without crossing the border into Idaho’s survivalist and living in an abandoned missile silo country, but, it didn’t look like that when the virulent anti-Obamacare Congresswoman went on her Facebook page and asked her constituents for their Obamacare horror stories. She didn’t get what she wanted.

Instead, so-called Representative Rodgers got an overload of Facebook responses extolling the eternally grateful life-saving virtues of Obamacare from her constituents, even conservative ones. You can begin reading them at the link I’ve provided. Was Rodgers chastened in any way shape or form? Well, to quote former House Speaker John Boehner, “Hell No!”

Rodgers took the responses and cherry picked out the few negative ones that worked for her Republican World state of being. There are many words one could use for a congresscretin such as her but I won’t say them here. I’ll just tell you that you won’t have to get far in the alphabet

Enter Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia: I’ve saved Sclalia for last because it seems fitting that I end “It’s Republican World” with a living fossil of racism and bigotry. Scalia’s recent racist statement was not the first time we’ve heard his racist thoughts. They weren’t even the worst. For instance, in a 2013 ruling on voting rights, he likened voting rights for African-Americans to what he calls entitlements.

Hey, Scalia boy, people died for what you dismissively refer to as “entitlements.”

Scalia made the most recent of his growing catalog of racist statements a few weeks ago while the court was hearing an Affirmative Action case that involves the University of Texas.
“There are those who contend that it does not benefit African-Americans to get them into the University of Texas where they do not do well, as opposed to having them go to a less-advanced school, a slower-track school where they do well.”

“One of the briefs pointed out that most of the Black scientists in this country don’t come from schools like the Universtity of Texas. They come from lesser schools where they do not feel that they’re being pushed ahead in classes that are too fast for them.”
Scalia is a perfect poster boy for American institutional racism. Here is a sicko racist who has reached one of the very highest stations that one can reach in our country. Scalia was nominated by President Reagan to fill the seat of an even worse racist named William Rehnquist. Ironically, Rehnquist was also a champion of the idea of “separate but equal” when it came to the education of Americans. As a law clerk in the early 1950s, Rehnquist wrote against Brown vs. Board Of Education, the case that called for segregation in American schools. At the start of his career as a republican operative, Rehnquist even worked to block Africa-Americans in Phoenix, AZ from exercising their right to vote.

Perhaps, I should ask if there is an affirmative action program for racist judges, but that would be wrong. I’ll leave further comment on Scalia here to the wonderful Andy Borowitz.
A new study conducted by legal scholars indicates that Justice Antonin Scalia would fare better if he served as a judge at a court that was “less advanced” than the United States Supreme Court.

According to the study, Scalia’s struggles to perform his duties in a competent fashion stem from his being inappropriately placed on a court that is “too demanding” for a person of his limited abilities.

“Forcing Justice Scalia to weigh in on complex legal issues that he lacks the background or aptitude to comprehend is, at the end of the day, cruel,” the study said.

The legal scholars theorized that Scalia would be more likely to thrive in a “lesser court where he does not feel that he is being pushed to hear cases that are too challenging for him.”

“If Scalia were reassigned to a ‘slow track’ institution such as a town traffic court, that would be better for everyone,” the study recommended.

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