It’s easy for me to pick on Tea Partiers for saying things like “Keep your government hands off my Medicare,” but they’re just doing what they’re told.
And increasingly, it appears that U.S. Senators do the same thing. Yesterday, the Republican members of the Judiciary committee seemed to decide that they should bash Thurgood Marshall, of all people, as an “activist judge” (a term we have discussed before). When pressed, it turns out they had no specific cases or instances of “activism” in mind.
They don’t even know why they said it. Their staffs told them to say it, who probably had Judicial Watch or some such organization write the script.
When the leaders of your party are acting like this, it’s hard to blame the old folks who show up at Tea Party rallies.
As Thurgood Marshall put it:
Benjamin Franklin had it in mind when he said: “A republic if you can keep it.”To me, that means much. It’s not a republic if we keep it. With me, “It’s a democracy, if we can keep it. And in order to keep it, you can’t stand still. You must move, and if you don’t move, they will run over you.
UPDATE: John Boehner is not much better.