Friday, June 11, 2010


Oklahoma is getting weirder and weirder, and I'm not just saying that because I'm a Huskers fan, either.  Exactly why would you need an amendment to the state constitution prohibiting judges from considering "international and sharia law" in cases?  You don't, but...hey, doesn't stop the GOP.
Oklahoma State Senator Rex Duncan (R) is pushing for a ballot measure that would prohibit courts from considering international or sharia law when deciding cases. He says the measure is a "preemptive strike" against "liberal judges" who want to "undermine those founding principles" of America.

The "Save Our State" amendment would require Oklahoma courts to use state and federal laws only when ruling, and Duncan explained on MSNBC today that he wants to ensure "that our courts are not used to undermine those founding principles, and turn Oklahoma into something that our founding fathers and our great grandparents wouldn't recognize."

He said that "Oklahomans recognize that America was founded on Judeo-Christian principles," and that his measure "is a pre-emptive strike to make sure that liberal judges don't take to the bench in an effort to use their position to undermine" those principles by considering international or sharia law.

When asked if there was a danger of judges doing this, Duncan maintained that though it hasn't happened yet, "it's not just a danger. It's a reality."
I'm going to go ahead and say that the only danger around here is the rampant, ignorant paranoia card that Republicans like Duncan are playing time and time again trying to scare the hell out of the American people.  There's a possibility that Duncan's tenuous grasp on reality may be considered "a danger" as well, but that's par for the course.

But should anyone be surprised by this?  It's not like the GOP has anything other than recycling the 1980's culturally, the 1950's socially, and the 1930's economically.  When I say that the Republicans are bereft of actual ideas to improve the lives of Americans and are reduced to gimmicks and making LOUD NOISES in order to win electoral support, this is what I mean.

While you're at it, let's make sure the people have state constitutional amendments to protect them from other problems that haven't happened yet and won't, including vampires, werewolves, giant robots, ecto-containment grid breaches, the Death Star, Rodents of Unusual Size, and Republicans proposing stupid state constitutional amendments.

Wait...that last one we really DO need a constitutional amendment for.  Time to get my clipboard.

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