Wednesday 30 September 2009

Use the Patriot Act to shut down the Republican Party

In praise of the Secret Service --

A GOP Congressman is calling Obama an enemy of humanity.
A wingnut spokesman is telling folks to get more guns and take back America so as to prevent Nazism.
Another wingnut runs an internet poll on whether Obama should be murdered.
A rightwing website runs a piece calling on the military to overthrow Obama.

That’s, what, in a week?

Remember that this is a country that had three presidents murdered within 36 years. And none of the three, not even Lincoln, was subjected to the hate and vitriol aimed at Obama.

Time for a pay bump for the Secret Service. Better yet, pay them in accordance with how many threats the President gets – Obama is getting five times as many as Bush did. Because if Obama does down, at least one of them probably goes down too.

I’m thinking we should use the Patriot Act to destroy the Republican Party.

The purpose of the Patriot Act is to find and destroy groups which have a proven track record of working to terrorize Americans and destroy America.

Under that standard, the one group which should be shut and down and destroyed, its leaders put in cages, its followers put on watch lists like ex-cons and sex offenders, is....the Republican party.

Just in the last few years, they killed thousands of innocent people in the Middle East,
Allowed other terrorists to destroy the World Trade Center without holding them accountable,
Turned a blind eye as Iran and Korea built the nuclear weapons which could destroy our cities,
Threatened to endanger U.S. troops for political purposes,

And tortured innocent people and lied about it,
Set up secret sites to hold innocent people hostage and lied about it,
Spied on innocent people and lied about it,
Inflicted so much damage on our military that PTSD and suicide are skyrocketing,

And made America hated around the world,
Endangered a CIA employee by exposing her identity,
Conspired to destroy the lives of innocent public officials,
Undermined the authority of our Congress and the courts,

And destroyed evidence of their crimes illegally,
Put thousands at risk of disease and death after Katrina,
Made it easier for aliens to enter the country across the Mexican border and through our ports,
Risked innocent lives by impeding our government’s efforts to keep our kids safe from poison and pollution and unsafe products,

And allowed babies to be poisoned with bad baby formula,
Caused the U.S. financial system to collapse,
Sent thugs to disrupt the counting of votes in a presidential election,
And deliberately tried to create a climate of terror in the US regarding its new president.

And openly condoned and encouraged party members to commit or threaten assassination and other violent attacks against the President and members of Congress,
Sent armed goons to Presidential events;
Caused riots at events for members of Congress, so the Congressmen couldn’t do their jobs,
And denied the authority of the President on the grounds that he was illegally elected, encouraging the troops to disobey lawful orders,

And insisted the President’s policies are killing our troops;
Insisted that perfectly legal legislative tactics are unconstitutional;
Prevented Congress from functioning with endless obstructive tactics;
And accepted millions in bribes to block needed national reform.

Political activity and dissent, in itself, are protected by the Constitution. But what the GOP has done goes way beyond that.

Their actions have shown the Republicans to be traitors to the Constitution and destructive to the nation. The U.S. Code states that "whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States." By that standard, the GOP’s eight-year effort to destroy the nation and give aid and comfort to our enemies, warrants treason charges for the whole party. Let’s open the prison doors, free all the people who were thrown in jail under the rubric of the other great Republican success, the War On Drugs, and give the empty cells to all the loons who are screaming for an armed revolt against the legally-elected president.

Some of their leaders, Perry, Huckabee and Palin, have strong ties to advocates of violent secession – the actual dismemberment of the republic. Others advocate nullification – deliberate obstruction of the execution of federal law. So let’s keep Guantanamo open, and put the GOP leaders in there. Or put them in the same cell where we held Jeff Davis after the Civil War.

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