Oh, And His Attitude Toward Gays Boils Down To This: “There’s a difference between the equality of each individual and the equality of what we do.”
Former Governor and former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee visited The Daily Show last night and told Jon Stewart and us what was on his mind. Part one was all about whyÂ governmentÂ is bad, and that we wouldn’t need it if we were better people. Huckabee said,
“Government exists to regulate the bad guys and keep them from messing up the stuff for the good guys.“
Two thoughts come to mind. The first, no surprise, is that Huckabee, and ordained Minister, thinks we’re “bad”. The second is his view thatÂ governmentÂ is here to police us. Obama’s view is that government is here to help us when we need help, to help us do the things that as individuals we cannot, and to help us lead better lives. So, yes, I’m still in the Obama camp. Why is it the Republican view of the world is so dark and evil?Â But Huckabee doesn’t likeÂ government, doesn’t trust government. To which, Stewart replied,
“The fact that you would trust government with tanks and nuclear weapons, but not to pass out cheese to poor people, you know, you got to say to yourself, I don’t get it.”
Then, the conversation got really interesting. (Part two of the interview is above.) If you thought Keith Olbermann’s “Special Comment” on the passage of Proposition 8 was touching and logical and helpful, watch Stewart eloquently, intelligently, really beautifully debate Mike Huckabee. Some more of Stewart’s quotes from last night’s interview with Mike Huckabee:
“You write that marriage is the bedrock of our society. Why would you not want more couples to buy into the stability of marriage? Why would you want that precluded for an entire group of people?”
“Reaffirming the tradition of marriage over 5000 years, which takes it back to the Old Testament, where, polygamy was the norm… Marriage has evolved greatly over those 5000 years, from a property arrangement, to polygamy, we’ve redefined it constantly. It used to be that people of different races could not marry. It strikes me as very convenient to go back to the Bible and say, ‘Hey man, we got to go back to the Bible and look at the way they divide marriage’. Look at the way they did slavery in the Bible.”
But perhaps Stewart saved his best thoughts for last. I’m not sure which is better. What do you think?
“Religion is far more of a choice than homosexuality.”
“It’s a travesty that people have forced someone who is gay to have to make their case that they deserve the same basic rights.”
Thank you, Jon Stewart.
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‘I Will Not Stand by Silently’: Sotomayor Blasts SCOTUS Conservatives Over Their Latest Attack on Abortion Rights
“The Court may look the other way, but I cannot.”
Justice Sonia Sotomayor expressed outrage at her conservative Supreme Court colleagues Thursday afternoon, after the six right wing jurists went one step further in attacking the constitutional guarantee of abortion.
Voting 6-3 against a women’s health care provider the Court denied a request by Texas Women’s Health, which provides abortion services, to change jurisdictions, which according to Justice Sotomayor the Court should have done.
“The lawsuit is now stalled with the Texas Supreme Court,” Rewire News reports.
Slate’s Mark Joseph Stern, a Supreme Court expert calls Sotomayor’s dissent “stunning.”
“This case is a disaster for the rule of law and a grave disservice to women in Texas, who have a right to control their own bodies,” Sotomayor writes. “I will not stand by silently as a State continues to nullify this constitutional guarantee. I dissent.”
She begins her dissent by explaining the case:
“It has been over four months since Texas Senate Bill 8 (S. B. 8) took effect. The law immediately devastated access to abortion care in Texas through a complicated private-bounty-hunter scheme that violates nearly 50 years of this Court’s precedents.”
“Today, for the fourth time, this Court declines to protect pregnant Texans from egregious violations of their constitutional rights. One month after directing that the petitioners’ suit could proceed in part, the Court countenances yet another violation of its own commands. Instead of stopping a Fifth Circuit panel from indulging Texas’ newest delay tactics, the Court allows the State yet again to extend the deprivation of the federal constitutional rights of its citizens through procedural manipulation. The Court may look the other way, but I cannot.”
In response the Guttmacher Institute, an organization focused on sexual and reproductive health and rights, accused the Supreme Court of “once again putting ideology over the rule of law.”
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Ivanka Trump Responds to Committee’s Invite by Saying She Called for End to Violence – Leaves Out ‘Patriots’ Part
Ivanka Trump is responding to her invitation from the January 6 Committee by issuing a statement that is being seen suggesting she has no intention of accepting. Earlier Thursday the Committee sent the former First Daughter and White House senior advisor a lengthy 11-page letter asking for her voluntary cooperation.
A statement from her spokesperson given to CNN White House Correspondent Kate Bennett references a tweet posted by Ivanka Trump the day of the attack on the Capitol – a tweet she was forced to delete after massive outrage.
“As the Committee already knows, Ivanka did not speak at the January 6 rally,” the statement reads. “As she publicly stated at 3:15pm, ‘any security breach or disrespect to our law enforcement is unacceptable. The violence must stop immediately.”
NEW: @IvankaTrump's spokesperson tells me Ivanka "just learned" of the 1/6 Committee's invitation to appear before them, but from the response below, it sounds as though she isn't planning to do so: pic.twitter.com/VXpUXDnEuP
— Kate Bennett (@KateBennett_DC) January 20, 2022
But in the actual Ivanka Trump called the insurrectionists “American Patriots,” as CNN reported that day:
— CNN (@CNN) January 6, 2021
Georgia Prosecutor Asks to Convene Special Grand Jury to Investigate Donald Trump’s Alleged Election Interference
A Georgia county district attorney has requested to convene a special grand jury to assist in her investigation of Donald Trump‘s alleged election interference.
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis in a letter to the county’s Superior Court chief judge writes that her office “has received information indicating a reasonable probability that the State of Georgia’s administration of elections in 2020, including the State’s election of the President of the United States, was subject to possible criminal disruptions,” according to the Associated Press.
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (photo) was forced to release audio of then-President Trump appearing to intimidate him into fixing the election in his favor.
Trump, in the audio, can be heard berating and threatening the Republican Secretary of State, demanding he “recalculate” the losing election results and “find 11,780 votes” for him, which would have enabled Trump to falsely be declared the winner. Raffensberger refused.
“So look. All I want to do is this,” Trump told Raffensberger. “I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have. Because we won the state.”
“There’s no way I lost Georgia,” he added, falsely. “There’s no way. We won by hundreds of thousands of votes.”
Willis told the AP the scope of her investigation “includes — but is not limited to — a Jan. 2, 2021, phone call between Trump and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a November 2020 phone call between U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham and Raffensperger, the abrupt resignation of the U.S. attorney in Atlanta on Jan. 4, 2021, and comments made during December 2020 Georgia legislative committee hearings on the election.”
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