Newt Gingrich refuses to call for ban on Klingon, Cardassian & Romulan law!

by: Paul Rosenberg

Fri Jul 30, 2010 at 10:30


When it comes to protecting America, Newt Gingrich is a pitiful wimp!  Oh, sure he's posturing to protect us against Sharia law:

"And one of the things I'm going to suggest today is a federal law which says that no court in the United States under any circumstances is allowed to consider Sharia as a replacement for American law. Period."

But how many starships does the Muslim world command, anyway?  What about the real threats to America and American law?  What about the Kingons, Cardassians, and Romulans?

You think I'm joking?  Does Cardassian law sound like a joke?:

Cardassian society had the most rigid and, to the Federation, incomprehensible of all legal systems. Every suspect was guilty before even appearing in court, their sentence already spelled out - almost always either death or imprisonment in a harsh labor camp. The criminal was given a Conservator, equivalent to a public defender, except that the Conservator was not supposed to win but to prepare the criminal for a moving confession of guilt on the floor of the court. The accused was also permitted an advocate, the Nestor, to advise them during the trial. The Chief Archon, or judge, of the court played to a televised audience, their duty not to judge the prisoner's innocence or guilt, but rather to give an emphatic display of the futility of crime on Cardassia and reinforce the public's trust in the judicial system. (DS9: "Tribunal", "The Die is Cast")

Or the Romulans:

By the 24th century, the government of Romulus was dependent upon the Tal Shiar, the Romulan secret police, to maintain order and stability among both civilians and the military. The Tal Shiar was known for its brutal tactics, which included routine kidnapping, torture, and assassination. Many Romulans fear even expressing dissenting opinions as not to spark the interest of the Tal Shiar.

And the Klingons?  They simply fight to the death!

So what will Gingrich do to defend America from these brutal legal systems?  Nothing at all!  Worse still, he even denies the very existence of any threat!  

This breathtaking disconnect from reality is typical of what we've come to expect from Republicans. Just look at the comparative Google hits results:

    Sharia Law: About   878,000 results
    Klingon:    About 3,120,000 results
    Romulan:    About   702,000 results
    Cardassian: About   294,000 results

I rest my case.


BREAKING! Gingrich has now come out in favor of replacing the US Constitution with the Ferengi Rules of Acquisition! Film at 11!

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Damn, I'm going to have to get an earlobe job now. (4.00 / 3)
Thanks Paul.  

Better Yet (4.00 / 2)
buy stock in an earlobe salon chain.  Tanning salons are sooo 2010!

"You know what they say -- those of us who fail history... doomed to repeat it in summer school." -- Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Season 6, Episode 3

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Careful! (4.00 / 1)
Women can spot a "lobe job" a mile away! If you're gonna do it, don't do it on the cheap. Get the best plastic surgeon money can buy.

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I say Dems bring up Gingrich's proposed bill (4.00 / 4)
and then start adding amendments like this.  

Politics is the art of the possible, but that means you have to think about changing what is possible, not that you have to accept it in perpetuity.

Exellent Idea! (4.00 / 2)
There is just so damn much fun to be had, once you stop taking these jokers seriously.

"You know what they say -- those of us who fail history... doomed to repeat it in summer school." -- Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Season 6, Episode 3

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In fairness to Newt (4.00 / 7)
it might be wise to consider amending the Constitution to explicitly ban the government from making laws respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.  Not just Sharia.

While we are on the subject, it might also be useful to make clear that no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.

If only there were some way to get these principles established as law...


This is another great response (4.00 / 4)
'It's a shame that a disgraced former speaker of the House doesn't realize what is already in the Constitution - then again, it's not like we didn't already know that.'

Politics is the art of the possible, but that means you have to think about changing what is possible, not that you have to accept it in perpetuity.

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Because He Uses Big Words (4.00 / 3)
people still haven't figured out that he's actually more vacuous than Dan Quayle or Sarah Palin.

He talks about all sorts of weighty things--but doesn't understand the first thing about any of them.  He's the perennial freshman, trying to be sophomoric, and failing epically.

"You know what they say -- those of us who fail history... doomed to repeat it in summer school." -- Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Season 6, Episode 3


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Well, Space, Given Enough Time... (4.00 / 2)
Newt just might be interested in your proposal.  If you can just phrase it in terms of an attack on Democrats...

"You know what they say -- those of us who fail history... doomed to repeat it in summer school." -- Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Season 6, Episode 3

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Careful (4.00 / 1)
In reading through the description of the Cardassian legal system I could swear I was reading the platform of more than one GOPer candidate I have seen. Isn't that pretty much the view of the justice they have? Accused (unless GOPers, of course) are guilty, there should have no effective advocate, the purpose of the law is to replicate gladiator entertainment, prisons should be harsh labor camps, and so on.

I'd say be careful of giving them ideas but now I expect Berman and gang got their plot idea from the GOPers.

Love the Star Trek references. Partner and I just finished the Netflixing DS9 start to finish. Great textured series.

Did they get you to trade your heroes for ghosts? Hot ashes for trees? Hot air for a cool breeze? And cold comfort for change?


DS9 Is My Favorite, Hands Down (4.00 / 1)
It's the only series conceived and written as an integrated whole.  Not only do you have complex stories involving the main characters which revolve around significant moral issues that unfold over a period of years, you also have similar stories about four entire civilizations: The Bajorans, the Cardassians, the Ferengis and the Founders.

The only thing wrong with it is that Michelle Forbes turned down the role written for her.  Yeah, Nana Visitor did a fine job.  But Michelle Forbes created that character out of virtually nothing.

"You know what they say -- those of us who fail history... doomed to repeat it in summer school." -- Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Season 6, Episode 3


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