It happened on Monday, in a moment that was horrifying even by the rock-bottom standards of the campaign that Republican zealots are conducting against the nation's judiciary. Senator John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, rose in the chamber and dared to argue that recent courthouse violence might be explained by distress about judges who "are making political decisions yet are unaccountable to the public." The frustration "builds up and builds up to the point where some people engage in" violence, said Mr. Cornyn, a former member of the Texas Supreme Court who is on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which supposedly protects the Constitution and its guarantee of an independent judiciary. (emphasis added)Parallels, Parallels, oh how we see them:
Although the general rationale for terrorism remains unchanged - that terrorists believe it is both right and necessary to use terrorism to achieve their aims - the nature of the current threat is different. (emphasis added)In the parallel universe that I once inhabited, if someone in Congress implicitly condoned violence (terrorism) against a judge, they would have been dragged down Constitution Avenue, tarred, feathered, and carried out of town on a pole (I know that sounds contradictory; violence for violence; but, there you are).
In a parallel, quite wonderful, universe that I once knew.