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06-24-2003, 10:47 AM
This one is for the "I can't believe he was stupid enough to say that." file:
"When I'm president, we'll do executive orders to overcome any wrong thing the Supreme Court does tomorrow or any other day," said Rep. Dick Gephardt of Missouri.
In other words, Richard Gephardt is promising that, if the highest court in the land does not agree with his personal whims, he will rule by decree!
THIS is what the Democratic party has to offer? They intend to replace George III with Richard II? They intend to replace a crypto-fascist with an outright open fascist?
Why do they even bother to pretend to be a different political party. They are fascists, pure and simple.
06-24-2003, 11:12 AM
As much as I rather despise this line of thought, I agree with your less paranoid statement. Although, in truth, I strongly suspect Gephardt said that solely to play to his audience.
06-24-2003, 11:21 AM
They intend to replace George III with Richard II? They intend to replace a crypto-fascist with an outright open fascist?
Wouldn;'t that be George II?
And I don't know if you were making a conscious historical analogy, but running roughshod over the rights of subjects, specifically stealing Bolingbroke's inheritance while he was banished, did in fact lead to the real Richard II's downfall and the usupation of his throne by Bolingbroke, later Henry IV.
And, yes, it was a dumb thing to say, but then Gephardt has a history of saying dumb things, like avowed support of protectionist tariffs.
06-24-2003, 11:22 AM
Any would-be President who says that it is his goal to rule by decree, to issue executive orders to "overcome anything" that he happens to disagree with the Supreme Court on, is too dangerous to be given the office. Let us say that GW Bush decides to adopt the Gephardt Doctrine.
SCOTUS rules Patriot Act unconstitutional? No problem! According to Dick Gephardt, it's okay to use executive orders to "overcome" the Supreme Court.
SCOTUS rules unilaterally declaring suspects to be "enemy combatants" even if they are US citizens to be unconstitutional? No problem! According to Dick Gephardt it's okay to use executive orders to "overcome" the Supreme Court.
If he's willing to make a statement like that, he should not be in the Democratic Party. He should resign and go join the Falange.
06-24-2003, 11:32 AM
Originally posted by gobear
Wouldn;'t that be George II?
Nope, George III.
George I was of the House of Washington.
06-24-2003, 06:21 PM
Well, I think . . . erm . . . hrumph . . . oh, never mind. I though this thread was going to have something to so with Shakespeare.
06-24-2003, 06:25 PM
Has he (Gephardt) issued any clarification? His opponents will havea field day with this one.
06-24-2003, 07:33 PM
I say, Gobear, isn't that Dick the Three?
06-25-2003, 10:41 PM
No - Richard III was nearly a century later, at the tail end of the Wars of the Roses; died at Bosworth Field, 1485, beaten by Henry Tudor, who became Henry VII. Richard II was bumped off the throne (and off this mortal coil) in 1399 by his cousin Henry Bolingbroke, who became Henry IV.
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