[Paleopsych] Ann Coulter: Starved for Justice
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Ann Coulter: Starved for Justice
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March 24, 2005
Democrats have called out armed federal agents in order to: (1)
prevent black children from attending a public school in Little Rock,
Ark. (National Guard); (2) investigate an alleged violation of federal
gun laws in Waco, Texas (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms); and
(3) deport a small boy to Cuba (Immigration and Naturalization
So how about a Republican governor sending in the National Guard to
stop an innocent American woman from being starved to death in
Florida? Republicans like the military. Democrats get excited about
the use of military force only when it's against Americans.
In two of the three cases mentioned above, the Democrats' use of force
was in direct contravention of court rulings. Admittedly, this was a
very long time ago -- back in U.S. history when the judiciary was only
one of the three branches of our government. Democratic Gov. Orval
Faubus called out the Arkansas National Guard expressly for purposes
of defying rulings of the U.S. Supreme Court and lower federal courts.
The decadent buffoon Bill Clinton sent armed agents from the INS to
seize a small boy from an American family -- despite rulings by the
majestic and infallible Florida courts granting custody of the boy to
that very family.
None of these exercises of military force has gone down in history as
a noble moment, but that's because of the underlying purpose of the
force, not the fact that force was used.
To the contrary, what has gone down in history as a glorious moment
for the republic was when President Dwight Eisenhower (Republican)
called out military force of his own. In response to Gov. Faubus'
abuse of the National Guard, Eisenhower simultaneously revoked Faubus'
control of the National Guard and ordered the 101st Airborne Division
to escort black students to school. (Minutes later, Democrats
pronounced the Arkansas public schools a "hopeless quagmire" and
demanded to know what Ike's exit strategy was.)
As important as it was to enforce the constitutional right to
desegregated schools, isn't it also important to enforce Terri
Schiavo's right to due process before she is killed by starvation?
Liberals' newfound respect for "federalism" is completely
disingenuous. People who support a national policy on abortion are
prohibited from ever using the word "federalism."
I note that whenever liberals talk about "federalism" or "states'
rights," they are never talking about a state referendum or a law
passed by the duly elected members of a state legislature -- or
anything voted on by the actual citizens of a state. What liberals
mean by "federalism" is: a state court ruling. Just as "choice" refers
to only one choice, "the rule of law" refers only to "the law as
determined by a court."
As a practical matter, courts will generally have the last word in
interpreting the law because courts decide cases. But that's a
pragmatic point. There is nothing in the law, the Constitution or the
concept of "federalism" that mandates giving courts the last word.
Other public officials, including governors and presidents, are sworn
to uphold the law, too.
It would be chaotic if public officials made a habit of disregarding
court rulings simply because they disagreed with them. But a practice
borne of practicality has led the courts to greater and greater
flights of arrogance. Sublimely confident that no one will ever call
their bluff, courts are now regularly discovering secret legal
provisions requiring abortion and gay marriage and prohibiting public
prayer and Ten Commandments displays.
Just once, we need an elected official to stand up to a clearly
incorrect ruling by a court. Any incorrect ruling will do, but my vote
is for a state court that has ordered a disabled woman to be starved
to death at the request of her adulterous husband.
Florida state court judge George Greer - last heard from when he
denied an order of protection to a woman weeks before her husband
stabbed her to death -- determined that Terri would have wanted to be
starved to death based on the testimony of her husband, who was then
living with another woman. (The judge also took judicial notice of the
positions of O.J. Simpson, Scott Peterson and Robert Blake.) The
husband also happened to be the only person present when the oxygen
was cut off to Terri's brain in the first place. He now has two
children with another woman.
Greer has refused to order the most basic medical tests for brain
damage before condemning a woman to death. Despite all those years of
important, searching litigation we keep hearing about, Terri has yet
to receive either an MRI or a PET scan -- although she may be allowed
to join a support group for women whose husbands are trying to kill
Greer has cut off the legal rights of Terri's real family and made her
husband (now with a different family) her sole guardian, citing as
precedent the landmark "Fox v. Henhouse" ruling of 1893. Throughout
the process that would result in her death sentence, Terri was never
permitted her own legal counsel. Evidently, they were all tied up
defending the right to life of child-molesting murderers.
Given the country's fetishism about court rulings, this may be a rash
assumption, but I presume if Greer had ordered that Terri Schiavo be
shot at her husband's request -- a more humane death, by the way --
the whole country would not sit idly by, claiming to be bound by the
court's ruling because of the "rule of law" and "federalism."
President Bush would order the FBI to protect her and Gov. Bush would
send in the state police.
What was supposed to be the "least dangerous" branch has become the
most dangerous -- literally to the point of ordering an innocent
American woman to die, and willfully disregarding congressional
subpoenas. They can't be stopped -- solely because the entire country
has agreed to treat the pronouncements of former ambulance-chasers as
the word of God. The only power courts have is that everyone jumps
when they say "jump." (Also, people seem a little intimidated by the
black robes. From now on we should make all judges wear lime-green
President Andrew Jackson is supposed to have said of a Supreme Court
ruling he opposed: "Well, John Marshall has made his decision, now let
him enforce it." The court's ruling was ignored. And yet, somehow, the
If Gov. Jeb Bush doesn't say something similar to the Florida courts
that have ordered Terri Schiavo to die, he'll be the second Republican
governor disgraced by the illiterate ramblings of a state judiciary.
Gov. Mitt Romney will never recover from his acquiescence to the
Massachusetts Supreme Court's miraculous discovery of a right to gay
marriage. Neither will Gov. Bush if he doesn't stop the torture and
murder of Terri Schiavo.
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