Thursday, May 13, 2010

Searching For Something To Stick

The right-wing hunt for something — anything — to disrupt the nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court continues. But since most of the initial attempts have fizzled (i.e. she has no judicial experience, just like William Rehnquist; she banned military recruiters from Harvard, except she didn’t; she’s an elitist who went to Harvard, just like the rest of the Court, including the GOP appointees; she’s gay except her friends say she’s not (and so what if she was); she’s short — well, that’s true), the grasping at straws has begun. So the one that popped up yesterday seems to be the first of many weak reeds.

In 1993, Elena Kagan wrote an article for the University of Chicago Law Review that included this sentence:

“I take it as a given that we live in a society marred by racial and gender inequality, that certain forms of speech perpetuate and promote this inequality, and that the uncoerced disappearance of such speech would be cause for great elation.”

Translation: “I would be really happy if people, of their own volition, stopped calling others ‘n****r’ and ‘faggot.'” Yeah, that would be nice, wouldn’t it? However, the right-wing nutsery went into full flashing red alert mode:

Kagan: Some Speech Can Be ‘Disappeared.’

And:

Petition to Stop Kagan & Protect Free Speech Now!

FREE SPEECH IS DEAD! SOCIALIST DICTATORSHIP IS ALIVE!

Sign FREE Petition to Stop Elena Kagan’s Nomination & Protect Free Speech!

In a way, you have to admire these people for the creative ability to take something completely innocuous and, by the way, not a bad idea at all, and turn it into the Long March. But I really wish they would expend their energy doing something a bit more helpful to the civil discourse, like writing copy for douche commercials.

And, as Steve M points out, this meme will be rattling around the world by the time you open up your e-mail today. Your crazy right-wing uncle — you know, the one who gets shit-faced at Thanksgiving and starts telling fart jokes — will no doubt send it out to all of the people on his mailing list; I know mine will.