Strong-arming the First Amendment

By EDITORIAL  |  December 15, 2010

More hypocrisy
The next time conservatives start whining about Democratic "activist judges" who undermine Congressional action, remind them about the Republican-appointed federal judge in Virginia who just voided a key provision of national health care legislation recently enacted by a majority of the House and the Senate.

And if that doesn't get them to stop and think, hit them with this: in granting corporations the unlimited ability to contribute to political candidates, the Republican-appointed conservatives on the U.S. Supreme Court voided political reforms on which generations of Democratic and Republican legislators had agreed.

Fat versus gay
Former Republican presidential aid David Frum, who has returned to his usual occupation as a political commentator, wrote a provocative column recently for CNN suggesting that fat Americans are a greater threat to the fighting prowess of the American military than the inclusion of lesbian or gay recruits would be.

"Congress," Frum wrote, "is passionately debating whether open homosexuality is compatible with military service. But . . . a new cultural divide is tearing at the heart of military efficiency: obesity."

Frum, who thinks that 17 years of "Don't ask, don't tell" is enough, suggests a new motto: "Don't eat — Don't swell."

Tell that to the fatheads.

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