Be Very Afraid: In the Texas House, the Gun Lobby and the Boston Bombing, the Fear-Mongerers are Winning

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So who exactly wants innocent people sent to prison for life? C'mon. You know this one. We all know the answer. It's the same people who think we should toss out the Constitution and put American citizens on trial in military courts.

They're the arm-in-arm allies of terrorists everywhere, the same crowd who want to put guns on the hips of grade school teachers and encourage average citizens to stockpile weapons of mass destruction in their homes.

The Boogeyman Lobby.

This week the Texas House takes up HB 166, the Timothy Cole Exoneration Review Commission, named for a man who died in prison for a rape he did not commit. Last time a similar measure came before the House, a majority voted it up, then folded at the knees and took it down again after one guy said looking into mistakes might weaken the justice system.

Weaken it from what? Sending innocent Americans to prison for life or to their deaths? Exactly. Punishing innocent people is a time-honored tradition in Texas, where the clear intention is to terrorize entire populations. Take a look at the faces of the exonerees in Texas in recent years: What particular population do we think the system of deliberate injustice might be aimed at? Can't figure it out? Yeah, right.

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South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsay Graham is calling for a military trial for the Boston bomber for the same reason: He thinks snatching away constitutional protections will put fear in the hearts of everybody who even looks like that guy. Hmmm. Might work. But, wait, won't it put fear in the heart of every other American, as well? If we give up our constitutional rights, protections and liberties, won't it be that much easier for some Vladimir Putin-style son of a bitch to come along, steal our money and then lock us all up in prison if we complain?

Yeah. That's a fear. We all get that. But the point here is fear against fear. If we have any sense, we all already have some measure of fear in our hearts, at least wariness. It's a perilous world. But how much fear?

If we are absolutely boot-shaking, lip-trembling, eyeball-spinning crazy afraid of radical Muslim terrorists, domestic ethnic minorities and the New World Order, then mere fear of oppression by a homegrown authoritarian regime may seem like a fair trade-off. All we have to do to stay out of trouble with the authorities is duck our heads, button our lips and kiss their asses.

Well, that, plus we need to not be black. And of course we can't be immigrants or even newly made citizens. Probably we'll be better off not shooting our mouths off about much of anything. Just go to work where they tell us, shut up, go line up for bread in the evening and turn ourselves into clones of the drones in every other authoritarian regime in history and the world.

That's exactly where the Boogeyman Lobby is pushing us. Let's not waste time speculating on their motives. Who cares? We need to focus on their end-game while we still have time. The abandonment of our constitutional rights is an abandonment of faith in civil society and the rule of law, closely related to gun fetishism and the culture of the citizen as barricaded gunman.

When we see the end clearly, we see that the Boston bomber, Lindsay Graham, the Texas legislators who will vote against the Timothy Cole Commission this week and the members of Congress who are killing gun control are all partners in the same machine. All of them urge us to believe we have nothing to believe in but fear itself. All of them want us to be chickenshits who will trade away the core principles of our nation if they will protect us from the boogeyman.

We have to remember why that's a bad trade. Sooner or later Vladimir Putin shows up at your own house, pulls out his bull-horn and announces that the boogeyman is inside. Then what have you won by trading away basic liberty, dignity and respect for the sanctity of human life?

Nothing. You've been conned. Is it a deliberate con, a self-con, an accidental con? When they announce that you're the new boogeyman, you're not going to care what kind of con it was. You got conned, that's all. Big-time.


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jesuitfinder
jesuitfinder

The Jesuits are the ones manufacturing this false flag terrorism to disarm us. Read the book Secret History of the Jesuits by Edmund Paris.

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

Myrna, if 90% of your school think L.A. is the capital of California, that don't make it so.


NEVER, ever let 'majority' decide a sweeping change to the Constitution. Remember, they might take the vote from women, or....


And Jim, I support any and all reviews of convictions. I support erasing Henry Wade's name from any usage - especially the building with the oxymoronic use: Justice Center.

I also am scared of increased background checks.  Power corrupts, and guess who get corrupted first; bureaucrats.


But don't get me wrong;  I'm not bitter.

Tom434
Tom434

JS has his tinfoil hat on again, the boogeyman lobby, his version of the black helicopters

cantkeepthetruthdown
cantkeepthetruthdown

“If you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes the truth. ”


- Myrna.Minkoff-Katz

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

90% of Americans want expanded background checks.  90% of republican Senators voted against expanded background checks.  The republicans service the NRA, not the American people.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

“Under U.S. law, United States citizens cannot be tried in military commissions.  And it is important to remember that since 9/11 we have used the federal court system to convict  and incarcerate hundreds of terrorists.”  --Jay Carney

cantkeepthetruthdown
cantkeepthetruthdown

You guys are arguing with a lunatic who has written a column about everyone in Dallas dying in a great flood, at least once a week for the past 6 years. 

animas
animas

@Mr. Schutze :  Another totally blown journalistic opportunity.  Why not explore the corrupt Williamson County DA (now elevated to Judge) Johnson who put  middle class white  Michael Morton  wrongly in jail--for 25 years-- as a means to explain how corrupt and lazy state government adversely affects every citizen?

bealotcoolerifyoudid
bealotcoolerifyoudid

White House just announced he will not be tried as an enemy combatant.  So we can go back to spook stories about toll roads and mosquitoes.

hilllbillle
hilllbillle

big brother and all the scumbag politicians have been tellin' us that 'the sky is falling' from before i was even born. different scumbag politicians used their particlar versions of 'the sy is falling' to steal more of my constitutional/civil/ rights than i can count from before i was born. but trying to tell me that one of my few constitutional right i got left is part of big brothers fearmongerin' an' that i need to lose it?  yer credibility jist took a bad hit.

hilllbillle
hilllbillle

"When we see the end clearly, we see that the Boston bomber, Lindsay Graham, the Texas legislators who will vote against the Timothy Cole Commission this week and the members of Congress who are killing gun control are all partners in the same machine." how is giving up our second amandment rights part of the 'machine"? you describe a big brother stealing aour constitutional rights one by one. but you seem to think stealing that particular right is ok? that is our last ditch defense against a civil right stealing government.

MikeWestEast
MikeWestEast

Where does toss the Constitution arise? The MPs just do not show up and haul a civilian away. It goes through the courts, most likely up through the Supreme Court, before a civilian goes under military jurisdiction. You and I do not get to say what is Constitutional. Judges do. Any other statement is overwrought, uninformed ranting, the bread and butter of this column.

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

Jim - You fail to ask the deeper and more interesting -- and useful -- question here: What is going through the minds of the "boogeyman lobby" and those who so easily fall in with them?

It's not desire for power per se. The extreme Left is as eager for power as the extreme Right. Alll politics is an argument over power and its uses. This argument at its core reflects two basic responses to the world. 

Some intriguing recent studies suggest that the Right operates on fear of change, fear of the new, fear (as you note) of the other. It wants to stop the clock and push things back to what it perceives as older values and to a more comfortable and "safer" time. Immigrants and the cultures and values they bring, including their foreign quarrels, and minorities are seen as deeply disruptive. "They're not like us." Institutions -- including government, academia, the media, certain churches --  that promote change and acceptance of the other are seen a profoundly threatening to "traditional" values, as the Right understands these values. 

The Left is driven by a desire for novelty, for change, especially but not exclusively social change. At its extreme, it is indifferent to the consequences of that change. Chaos and upheaval are its metier. (Anyone here remember the late 1960s?) Immigrants bring new conditions, cultures, languages, foods. Social mobility is at the heart of the Left's agenda and therefore the rights of minorities are emphasized. Law is seen primarily as a matter of social justice, levelling, and not of punishment.

These are oversimplifications to some extent. Only a few fall into the extremes of Left and Right. Most of us live somewhere in the middle. But the extremes enjoy power out of proportion to their numbers. They dominate the political process and have powerful mechanisms to aid them -- the caucus and primary system, lobbying, unlimited campaign finance, the two-party system itself. The media in certain respects, especially pundits who pay more attention to the means and not enough to the purposes of political power.    

Until we understand the legitimate desires and concerns of the Left and the Right, and until the Left ad the Right understand each other, we will continue to drift to these extremes and intelligent compromise will be impossible. Those of us -- the majority -- who find ourselves in the middle will the the losers.


JimSX
JimSX topcommenter

All skepticism is paranoia. Paranoia is crazy. All skeptics are crazy. Got it.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

 "I always lie.  I have no idea what truth is."

---cantkeepthetruthdown

hilllbillle
hilllbillle

i hate the repulsificans. they suck. an' i ain't in the nra. but i'm an american that believes in my constiturion. mebbe 90% of the damyankees voted their rights away years ago. that ain't gonna happen here.it ain't a repulsifican or demigod thing. it's a freedom thing. but i wouldn't expect a commie/yankee who's best argument is to start namecallin' folks it don't know to understand that.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz Jay Carney is only partly right.  Congress authorized trial by Military Commission in 2009, correcting the deviations from the 2001 and 2006 acts.  The Supreme Court upheld the Act.  Military Commissions have been a part of our legal system since the Revolution and used in every time of War our country has ever faced.  The only time they are 'illegal' is when the government is trying to use a Military Commission to get around the limitations of a regularly constituted Court.  The SC struck down several cases tried under the 2001 and 2006 version of the Manual of Military Commissions for this very reason.

In this case, I would agree with you Myrna.  A military commission would be an illegal attempt by the government to circumvent the regularly constituted Courts.  This is a case of a criminal act by a civilian against civilian targets.  The suspect was pursued and detained by Law Enforcement personnel.  There is no clear and compelling reason to commission a military review for this case.  The Criminal Courts are more than adequate to handle the task.

bealotcoolerifyoudid
bealotcoolerifyoudid

@cantkeepthetruthdown Oh, c'mon he has added spraying for mosqitoes to his schtick (although, the whole spraying thing kind of creeps me out too, I remember as a little kid in San Jose helicopters flying overhead spraying like it was out of Apocolypse Now).

JimSX
JimSX topcommenter

@animas 

White people have always been collateral damage for racism. When the rule of law is abridged for any, eventually it is abridged for all.

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@hilllbillle Have you voted against any of those scumbag politicians Or do you even vote?

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@MikeWestEast Tell that to the American citizens on Obama's "Kill on Sight" drone list.  Or for the teenagers who happen to be riding in the same car with them.

Once a couple of hundred pounds of explosives go off in your lap, there's not a lot the SCOTUS can do to help you.

observist
observist topcommenter

@MikeWestEast You try writing a daily column about politics without some measure of overwrought and uninformed.  If you could pull it off, I guarantee it would be boring as hell and no one would read it.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@bmarvel I agree.  I fall squarely in the middle, although compared to people on this board I'm a stark-raving, howling, lunatic fringe, left-wing radical.

JFPO
JFPO

It's not a lie if you believe it. - George Costanza

cantkeepthetruthdown
cantkeepthetruthdown

@bealotcoolerifyoudid @cantkeepthetruthdown I don't understand why he can't just build his Ark of Diversity and sail off into the sunset. 

He's like a Phelps cousin standing on the corner yelling and screaming at the clouds. 

animas
animas

 @ Jim Sx:  I appreciate that explanation, I just do not think that corruption driven bureaucratic injustice is "aimed" at any one population group.  I think that it is more like radioactive fall-out or the plague ... affecting everyone in its sphere, to some degree.

bealotcoolerifyoudid
bealotcoolerifyoudid

@JimSX @animas ??? Williamson County was almost entirely white in the 1980s.  The DA, the judge, the victim, the accussed, all white.  Rail against the good ole boy system, rush to convictions, etc.  But race wasn't a factor.  The more interesting thing to note, is that in Wilco this was the rule of law as applied to all. 

hilllbillle
hilllbillle

what office do do you hold? i could help vote you out. what if you had a real job instead of livin' on the internet all day ever' day?

hilllbillle
hilllbillle

i voted against any and all incumbentscumbagpoliticians on my ballot.

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@everlastingphelps So if the "illon sight" list had included Dzhokhar Tsarnaev -- an Ameica citizen -- that would have been okay> Not okay? What?

JimSX
JimSX topcommenter

@observist @MikeWestEast

You guys need to keep up a little better.

Lindsay Graham on Fox:

“I could care less about the trial – a first year law student could do this trial – I want to gather intelligence,” Graham added. “He’s a potential enemy combatant. He has ties with overseas terrorists. He’s clearly a radical Islamist. I would hold him under that theory when the public safety exception expires.”

“This idea that the only way we can question him about national security matters is to go through his lawyer turns over to the terrorist and their lawyer controlling information to protect us all,” Graham noted. “That’s crazy. That’s absolutely crazy.”

“Citizenship doesn’t give you immunity from the law of war,” he went on. “If you take up arms or hostile acts against the nation, you can be killed or captured. That’s the law.”

hilllbillle
hilllbillle

hand me a hankee another yankee just pulled into town.

JimSX
JimSX topcommenter

Yeah. I agree.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@bmarvel Jim Shnutze is a writer after my own heart.  He doesn't let horrible insults and death threats deter him either.

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@bealotcoolerifyoudid What you seem to be saying is that you're unhappy at Jim because he wrote the column he wrote, not the column you would like him to write.

hilllbillle
hilllbillle

in a place where we are supposed to have 'rule of law', it ain't NEVER ok fer the government to assassinate our citizens with no due process or nothin'. this ain't nazi germany. are you?

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

@JimSX Obviously, when it comes to taking away citizens' rights, the Hon. Lindsay Graham is eager to be first in line. Does this not disturb those who are crowing about gun rights?

MikeWestEast
MikeWestEast

You keep quoting one Senator. His opinion is no better or worse than anyone else's opinion. He just has a bigger bullhorn. Until the request goes before a civilian judge, it is just opinion. Until the Supremes review, the act does not occur. By definition it is then lawful.

As for Americans with enemy forces conducting war as defined by act of Congress against the US from a foreign land, the President has clear authority to make the determination and execute the action. Every President from George Washington has had that authority.

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