Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Right Wing Idiot of the Day

From the Sun-Sentinel:

Comedian Bill Maher’s mouth has landed him in hot water — again.

Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.) says Maher’s comment on HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher” May 13, that the U.S. military has already recruited all the “low-lying fruit,” is possibly treasonous and at least grounds to cancel the show.

“More people joined the Michael Jackson fan club,” Maher said of the Army’s low recruitment numbers for April. “We’ve done picked all the low-lying Lynndie England fruit, and now we need warm bodies.”

England was accused of abusing prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

“I think it borders on treason,” Bachus said. “In treason, one definition is to undermine the effort or national security of our country.”

Think again, turkeylips. The Constitution has a very narrow definition of treason:

Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort. No person shall be convicted of treason unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or on confession in open court.

We blew it in 1861. The next time Alabama wants to secede from the union, I say let them go.

Thanks to The Green Knight.

Update: Via TPM, here’s a link to a post from Bill Maher where he basically tells Rep. Bachus to get bent.