Stuff like this makes me wonder what the hell’s in the water down in South Carolina…in this case, Rep. Trey Gowdy presents us another reason why I sometimes think that the Palmetto State ought to be walled off from the rest of the country, Alcatraz-style…quoting:
Welcome to The Midterms, 2014 Edition. Bereft of Obamacare, Republicans are desperately trying to keep at least one of their scandals alive. Since the IRS is always an excellent enemy to use as a weapon, Fox News was happy to oblige them. John Roberts let Rep. Trey Gowdy go at them, and Lois Lerner in particular, with everything he had, including the suggestion that if he were Jack Bauer, he’d just torture information out of her.
That certainly speaks to the casual attitude these people have toward torture, doesn’t it? As bad as that little joke was, the actual segment was worse. Gowdy maintains that Lerner’s statement made before she invoked the 5th amendment was actually testimony and so she technically waived her right to remain silent.
But for Gowdy and Roberts, Lerner’s reliance on the 5th amendment should be viewed as though she were a criminal defendant.
Testimony before Congress is not a criminal trial, no matter how Fox News and Gowdy want to frame it. It is testimony. A statement before Congress is not testimony. It is a statement. Even if one were to argue that an assertion of innocence is somehow testimony, the 5th amendment protects the defendant from making self-incriminating statements. Saying one is innocent should be viewed just like a plea in court, not testimony.
But again, that doesn’t fit the narrative, which Gowdy was very careful to massage. The IRS is not to be trusted because government cannot be trusted.” Despite overwhelming evidence that the IRS was simply doing the job they are supposed to do, Fox and the Republicans need a villain, and the IRS will do nicely. The Jack Bauer comment just places that in a context their base will understand.(Crooks & Liars)
And you wonder why Congress is barely as popular as certain exotic viral diseases; here’s another reason why…
This week’s concert selection is a rather recent concert but one from a musician who is arguably one of the greats of this generation, so sit back and enjoy this 2006 concert featuring English musician Morrissey, live from the Hollywood Bowl.
…or, “Why does Rand Paul hate American democracy so much?”
Case in point: advisor David Lane, who has been advising Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul(R) in regards to a potential 2016 presidential bid…he is also, to borrow/paraphrase a quote from Crooks & Liars’ Nicole Belle, engaging in potential treason against the United States, the very country he purports to love.
Why? Quoting C & L:
Because what David Lane wants even more than Rand Paul in the White House is for Christians to rise up against this country and ‘return’ it to the values he holds dear:
Lane called in his essay for Christians to “Wage war to restore a Christian America.” The depth and ferocity of Lane’s vision is so remarkable that it cannot be explained away by the pundits of pooh pooh. Perhaps that is why it has gone unmentioned in the mainstream press. But Lane’s words taken together; in the context of the politics of the moment as he understands it; and in set in the series of epochal historical and biblical moments he invokes — his meaning is unambiguous.
He opens by quoting Christian Reconstructionist author Peter J. Leithart: “Throughout Scripture, the only power that can overcome the seemingly invincible omnipotence of a Babel or a Beast is the power of martyrdom, the power of the witness to King Jesus to the point of loss and death.”
Lane goes on, still quoting Leithart, to denounce American Christianity for failing to produce martyrs and for substituting a “heretical Americanism for Christian orthodoxy.” He insists that to put things right “Christians must risk martyrdom” to force people to either “acknowledge Jesus [as] an imperator and the church as God’s imperium or to begin drinking holy blood.”(Crooks & Liars w/Talk 2 Action)
Here’s a few questions I’d love to see the chattering classes in Washington ask Rand Paul on this topic, including this one…”for someone such as yourself, Senator Paul, who purports to love this country and the representative democracy it represents to the world at large, why do you currently have, as a paid staffer and advisor, a man who, over the years, has advocated armed insurrection and the overthrow of the United States government, all in the name of Christian theocracy?”
Very much a random song to wrap up the work-week with…
Don’t Republicans have better things to do than harangue professional sports leagues in Washington….
Senate Republican leaders have sent letters warning six professional sports leagues not to provide the Obama administration any assistance in promoting Obamacare.
The letters, dated June 27, warn the chiefs of the National Football League, Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, National Hockey League, Professional Golf Association and NASCAR that partnering with the administration to publicize the benefits of the health care law would damage their reputations.
“Given the divisiveness and persistent unpopularity of this bill, it is difficult to understand why an organization like yours would risk damaging its inclusive and apolitical brand by lending its name to its promotion,” wrote Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX).(Talking Points Memo)
For what it’s worth, I’d love to see Roger Goodell, David Stern, Bud Selig, Brian France and company all tell the Republicans in D.C. to shove it…then again, why are we still paying them any attention?
I’m of two minds on this….on the one hand, given the current electoral demographics, Wendy Davis would have to run the political equivalent of a full house to defeat Rick Perry in 2014 (assuming Rick Perry wins the GOP nomination). On the other hand, given the events of the past week, Davis has certainly raised lots of attention, which could conceivably help her down the road come 2014…in other words, if she can show herself to be a strong, viable candidate for governor next year, she can put Texas into play for national Democrats and that would be a sea-change from past election cycles.