Barton played GOOD COP with BP

And GODDAMIT he is a REPUBLICAN. Not all conservatives are wild-eyed, unreasonable fanatics.

I don’t think that Barton did or said anything so terrible. I kind of see him as playing “good cop” in a “good cop/bad cop” game. Barton emphasized several times that he is only speaking for himself and not for any party, Senate or Congress. Barton is ENTITLED to his subjective opinion and should have the freedom of speech to express his personal opinion. He is only trying to be polite and extremely politically correct. I suspect Barton is correct about current tactics being a kind of shake-down that flies in the face of 200 years of traditional due-process. I am quite certain that Barton WOULD go to prison were he to do the same thing privately in his office. The conservatives have moaned and groaned for years that they need off-shore drilling and to hell with the environment. The 1977 sci-fi movie “Demon Seed” demonstrates common sense when the supercomputer Proteus REFUSES on moral grounds to tell humans where to drill for oil under the ocean. My wife retorts that BP cut corners. But in these difficult times EVERY COMPANY cuts corners and bends rules just to survive. Sure the US was wrong under Clinton to deregulate and allow things like derivatives, but it was the ENTIRE WORLD that went after it because of greed and short-sightedness. No company looks any farther ahead than the next quarterly report. No one positions themselves for the next 50 or hundred years. Humans make errors, so if you DEMAND deep sea drilling, then sooner or later you are going to have this kind of tragedy. It worked to crucify Jesus so most people seem to think… in that it worked their personal salvation. But I dont see any salvation forthcoming from the crucifixion of BP. I am not saying they should not pay. I am just saying that one can be polite, civil and diplomatic as they strap them to the lethal injection table.

Supreme Court Justice Stevens wrote a scathing dissent saying that the holding displayed “an unstated lack of confidence in the impartiality and capacity of the state judges who would make the critical decisions if the vote count were to proceed.” He continued, “[t]he endorsement of that position by the majority of this Court can only lend credence to the most cynical appraisal of the work of judges throughout the land. It is confidence in the men and women who administer the judicial system that is the true backbone of the rule of law. Time will one day heal the wound to that confidence that will be inflicted by today’s decision. One thing, however, is certain. Although we may never know with complete certainty the identity of the winner of this year’s Presidential election, the identity of the loser is perfectly clear. It is the Nation’s confidence in the judge as an impartial guardian of the rule of law.”

Now suppose the Executive branch of our government (the President) had threatened to strip Stevens of his office unless he recanted his scathing dissent? How would this be any different than the censure of Barton for exercising his free speech and expressing his subjective opinion?


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