I’m not sure which is more unsettling — the fact that a Supreme Court justice can get the First Amendment so wrong, or that it is so unclear that George Stephanopoulos thought to ask the question. Until now, I perhaps naïvely thought that everyone understood that the provocateurial pastor in Florida had the right to burn Korans, or any other book he legitimately owned, but that it was a really bad idea for many reasons, most of which Allahpundit argued in his excellent posts on the subject. Silly me:
No, that headline isn’t a snide joke about voters’ ages (you know what they say, when you’re young and poor you’re a Democrat and when you’re rich and a dead person…), the deceased are actually coming after Democrats; rising from their graves and advancing on Washington while growling “SMALL GOVERNMENT! SMALL GOOOOOVERNMENT!” through their rigor mortis-afflicted mouths. Ok, not exactly, but their obituaries are sure leaning right. A few months ago, a Nevada woman’s obituary called out Harry Reid and now, a recently departed man from Georgia is borrowing the tactic to attack President Obama from beyond the grave.
The National Review Online’s Jonah Goldberg scanned in this treat from the obituary of the late Donald Charles Unsworth:
“The family respectfully asked in lieu of flowers that memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society or to the campaign of whoever is running against President Barack Obama in 2012.”
When the Reid story hit last July, many people complained about the family using the memory of their loved one for political purposes. I’m not sure I agree with that. For all we know, these people actually used their last available strength to ask their family members to help turn their entire life into a quirky, quickly dated cable news anecdote. Still though, if this was the family’s doing in this case, it’s even more disturbing. It’s one thing to exploit a loved one for politics. It’s quite another to exploit a loved one for politics and do so in a wholly unoriginal fashion.
Suffering the consequences of protecting outlaws, a renowned sanctuary state is considering enacting measures to combat illegal immigration after an undocumented alien awaiting deportation murdered two people this week.
The killings in a small, working class Massachusetts city have shaken legislators in a state that has long protected illegal immigrants. The triggerman (Fernando Guerrero-Lara) had been freed by federal authorities while he waited for a March 2011 deportation hearing in Texas, according to a news report that referred to his crimes as a bullet bloodbath.