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Well, he's kind of had it in for me ever since I accidentally ran over his dog. Actually, replace "accidentally" with "repeatedly," and replace "dog" with "son."

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Conservative Justice

Timothy McVeigh: death penalty (Clinton-era)
Scott Peterson (killed wife and fetus): death penalty
Eric Rudolph (four bombings with two dead, but only at abortion clinics, gay bars, and the olympics): plea bargain.(Bush-era)

Enough said about how Republicans view right-wing terrorists and Christian terrorists. Or about who is tough on crime and who is not. Although I'm not a big fan of the death penalty, if that's the yardstick of whether a crime is really bad (and conservatives think it is) then failing to pursue it for Rudolph is pandering to the fascists who think Rudolph was 'justified' somehow. A statement needed to be made LOUDLY with Rudolph that bombing is not an acceptable means of carrying on domestic politics. Not in Birmingham in the 1950s and 1960s, and not today. Or have I just pointed out why Republicans in the South want to go easy on a bomber?

1 comment:

Raised By Republicans said...

Even more telling was the reaction by Congressional Republicans to the Oklahoma City bombing.

In response to a bomb plot by right wing extremists, the Republican majority called hearings into the FBI/ATF storming of the Branch Davidian compound in Waco (a key demand of McVeigh and his sympathizers). It was that event and the largely sympathetic reaction to it by Republicans that started me down the road of thinking of the Republicans as a neo-fascist as opposed to conservative party.

By the way, has there been any progress on the Anthrax mailbombs? Remember? The ones that targeted mainly Democratic members of Congress? I guess it's just not a Homeland Security priority.