Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Wondering about GOP Values

At the heart of our humble blog is deceit. We will focus on members of the Alabama judiciary (and their lawyer cronies), who wear robes, go by the title "Your Honor," and take oaths to uphold the law. And we will show how these judges deceive and cheat citizens who come before them.

Deceit is one of the key ingredients in hypocrisy. While the Republican Party does not have the market cornered on deceit and hypocrisy, it certainly seems adept at offering up ripe examples of both.

Consider our topic here at Legal Schnauzer--the justice system. Republicans tend to tout their reverence for the rule of law. We will show that the rule of law doesn't mean a thing to certain members of the GOP.

And consider Republicans' claims to be the "values" party. We've had a number of interesting examples of GOP values from the news lately:

* Republican consultant Ralph Gonzalez is part of an apparent double murder-suicide in Florida. Gonzalez had worked in Alabama and listed Attorney General Troy King and state senator Scott Beason as clients. The Alabama GOP had hired Gonzalez to print a flier that accused a Democratic candidate of supporting gay marriage. Initial news reports indicate that a "lover's quarrel" might have been at the heart of the double murder-suicide that left Gonzalez and two other men dead.

* U.S. Senator Larry Craig (R-Idaho) pleads guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct charges stemming from his June arrest by an undercover police officer in a men's restroom at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

* Florida State Representative Robert Allen is arrested for soliciting an undercover officer for a sexual act. Earlier this year, Allen cosponsored a public lewdness bill in the Florida House of Representatives. The bill would increase penalties for public "lewdness and indecent exposure."

Makes you wonder how Democrats ever allowed these folks to claim the "values" mantel. And we will go out of our way here at Legal Schnauzer to make you wonder how the GOP ever managed to claim the "rule of law" mantel.

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