Saturday, December 24, 2011
Newt Gingrich and Stalin
It's been hard for me to keep up with the developments of the GOP primary race, but the farther it goes the stranger it gets. It's now actually become scary. I would never, ever have imagined any American presidential candidate calling for ending an independent judiciary that bases decisions on law and evidence, and replacing it with one that takes orders from the president and congress, and can be arrested when it disobeys. But Newt Gingrich has called for just this. NYT blogger Andrew Rosenthal suggests we might just as well institute martial law. George Will accuses Gingrich of "sinister radicalism" and "impatience with impediments to the political branches’ wielding of untrammeled power." Both are exactly right. And it should be obvious -- what Gingrich is demanding is a Soviet-style court system.
It's hard to know what to say, other than that I hope the Gingrich campaign goes down in flames, anyone who supports him is crazy, and if by some freak chance he's nominated articles of impeachment should be drawn up immediately for use in the nightmarish eventuality that he's elected. Once sworn in, he could then be immediately impeached, arrested, convicted, and locked up.
It's simply bizarre that the Republican Party has descended to such levels of madness. All their claims to favor limited government and strict interpretation of the Constitution are lies.