JABbering Stooge

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Bringing lots of sauce....

I just thought of something in relation to the content of my last post. Thomas Cadmus and his American Legion cronies may be guilty of a Section 802 violation of the PATRIOT Act. Section 802 amends Section 2331, Title 18 of the United States Code to read as follows:

(5) the term 'domestic terrorism' means activities that--

(A) involve acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or of any State;

(B) appear to be intended--

(i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population;

(ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or

(iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping; and

(C) occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States.

Inciting American Legion members to politically-motivated violence most certainly "[involves] acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or of any State" and is without a doubt "intended to intimidate or coerce a civilian population."

Sauce for the goose is just as good for the gander, as they say.

Oh wait - that's right, the Patriot Act only applies to liberals and "swarthy males."

Funny, you'd think that the American Legion, which bills itself as a "patriotic, mutual-help, war-time veterans organization," would be well aware of the following clause in the First Amendment:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

But, alas, our faith in the Legion's dedication to the principles of the Founders has been sorely misplaced. According to an AP-Ipsos poll, 87% of Americans can understand this vital principle. Why can't the American Legion? I guess they're too busy advocating theocracy in America - another First Amendment violation. (D'oh!)

Of course, in Right Wing World, I'm a troop-hater for daring to criticize the American Legion.

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