far right-wingers are calling for impeachment of U.S. Supreme Court
By Jackson Thoreau
the moderates on the U.S. Supreme Court prevailed in upholding some
affirmative action laws and invalidating anti-sodomy laws, many far-right
wingers have predictably gone ballistic.
example, in a recent column calling for the impeachment of any justice who
doesn’t hold narrow, far-right views, Joseph Farar, editor of World Nut
Daily, one of numerous conservative ezines polluting cyberspace, labeled
the U.S. Supreme Court “out of control” and “renegade” and a
“ruling elite.” Of course, he didn’t make such comments when the
same court made its most anti-democratic decision in history in the 2000
Bush v. Gore case.
Farar, the court is only “exceeding its constitutional authority” when
even several Republicans on that court recognize that anti-sodomy laws are
an unjust invasion of privacy, not to mention ludicrous to enforce. I know
Farar and others would love to see a special police force out there whose
only duty is to enter Americans’ bedrooms and arrest anyone who is
engaging in male-to-male, female-to-female, oral, anal or any other form
of sex not covered by the traditional male-to-female position. As a
longtime Texas resident, I proudly admit I have violated our stupid
anti-sodomy law too many times to count – I’ve engaged in adult,
heterosexual oral sex in private - and I don’t give a damn who knows
about it and what the hell anyone thinks about it.
and Co. would love to see a law that only married Americans can perform
sex only for the purpose of trying to procreate, and it must be done in
the missionary position at all times. In short, they’d love other
Americans to have as boring sex lives as they probably have. Perhaps
that’s why they are so concerned about other Americans’ sex lives and
they want to be legal voyeurs – because their sex lives are so boring.
Farar, the nation’s highest court is only “sticking its thumb in the
eye of the people” when its decisions don’t benefit super-wealthy,
white, apparently heterosexual Americans [except for those like
dress-wearing J. Edgar Hoover and some other closet gay conservatives].
Farar and Co. see no problem with far-right fascists Rehnquist,
Thomas and Scalia, of course. It’s the other more moderate members they
seek to oust.
want justices who hate homosexuals [except for certain conservative ones],
minorities [especially Arabs], civil liberties, the ACLU, anyone who
smokes a joint in private, and anyone who questions why the Bush
administration has the divine right to bully and dominate the world.
are people who are not satisfied with controlling Congress, the White
House, most state legislatures, and most of the media and the courts. They
want to stamp out any sign of hope for true progress. They call themselves
patriots, but they are anything but.
true patriots are those who strive for a liberty and justice for all that
goes beyond selfish, narrow boundaries. As the celebrated American patriot
Tom Paine said, “My country is the world.”
the esteemed writer, professor and people’s historian Howard Zinn wrote
in a recent column on TomPaine.com, “I suggest that a patriotic American
who cares for his country might act on behalf of a different vision.
Instead of being feared for our military prowess, we should want to be
respected for our dedication to human rights. Should we not begin to
redefine patriotism? We need to expand it beyond that narrow nationalism
which has caused so much death and suffering. If national boundaries
should not be obstacles to trade - we call it globalization - should they
also not be obstacles to compassion and generosity? Should we not begin to
consider all children, everywhere, as our own? In that case, war, which in
our time is always an assault on children, would be unacceptable as a
solution to the problems of the world. Human ingenuity would have to
search for other ways.”
Zinn, I am not in a mood to celebrate much this July 4th, when
so many Americans are blind to the pain and suffering we are causing in
Iraq, Afghanistan and other places, when so many Americans just want to
continue the selfish, unilateral, “America First” approach to foreign
policy and most everything else. But I will keep hoping, keep working,
keep fighting for a better America and a better world.
hoping that the broader patriotism of people like Paine and Zinn will
eventually win out and not the narrow patriotism of those like Farar.
Thoreau is an American writer and co-author of We Will Not Get Over It:
Restoring a Legitimate White House. The updated, 120,000-word
electronic book can be downloaded on his Internet site at http://www.geocities.com/jacksonthor/ebook.html.
Citizens for Legitimate Government has the earlier version at http://www.legitgov.org/we_will_not_get_over_it.html.
Thoreau can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org
Zinn’s column is at http://www.tompaine.com/feature2.cfm/ID/7726.
Farar’s column is at http://worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=33380