Should Judges Be Better Than Us?

Should Judges Be Better Than Us?

It didn’t get a ton of play last week, but a friend sent me this article from last week that discusses a US District Judge that forwarded on a racist e-mail about President Obama.

Now U.S. District type Judges are typically thought of with greater regard than your local traffic court Judge.  Not that there’s anything wrong with a Judge who handles speeding tickets or small claims matters, but a Federal Judge like this clown from Montana has to go through a rather serious vetting process after being appointed by the President of the United States (he was appointed by President Bush the 2nd).  Typically these Judges have a high intellect, but apparently not all of them have common sense.

The e-mail, which was sent from the Judge’s work e-mail, was sent to some buddies and talked about President Obama’s mom having sex with a dog.  Specifically the “joke” has a boy asking his mother why he is black and she is white. “His mother replied, 'Don’t even go there Barack! From what I can remember about that party, you’re lucky you don’t bark!' "While most people who get caught doing something like this backtrack, the Judge surprisingly admitted that it’s racist and said he wasn’t expecting anyone else would see it.  He also gave a non-apology of “I’m sorry if anyone was offended by it.”

The justification of course is that he doesn’t like President Obama and you betcha there isn’t a racist bone in his body.   Now I’ve been sent these e-mails from friends that hate Obama, just as I was sent these e-mails from friends that hated Bush.  But I’ve never heard of a Judge so arrogant or dumb to think that they can forward that e-mail and well who cares, I’m an untouchable Judge.  And he is untouchable.  Unless Congress removes him, he’s got his job.  But it’s clearly racist and Federal Judges have to hear cases that involve racial discrimination.  How can any plaintiff appear in that courtroom in a discrimination case and feel like they are getting a fair shake?

This Judge has every right to forward this e-mail.  But it doesn’t make him right.  He should be better.  He’s just not.

On another note, Bill Maher had a great riff on this topic a few weeks ago.  Here is the transcript:

And finally, New Rule: If Mitt Romney really wants to win over conservative voters, he has to one-up Jan Brewer and spit on Obama's shoes.

From Bill O'Reilly interrupting the President 48 times in a 15-minute interview, to Joe Wilson heckling him in a speech before Congress, to Arizona Governor Jan Brewer sticking a finger in his face, something unprecedented is happening in the way conservatives disrespect this president.

And I'm not talking about mere words uttered hundreds or thousands of miles away.  Sean Hannity can say whatever he wants.  Nobody looks to him as a model human being, or even a human being.  And I, of course, am very guilty or actually, proud, of innumerable insults to former President Bush, calling him:
· "a rube"
· "a cypher"
· "a shit kicker"
· "a yokel on the world stage"
· "a catastrophe that walks like a man"
· "the cowboy from Toy Story"
· "Drinky McDumbass"
· "President Larry the Cable Guy"

And then in Season 2....

But I didn't call him that to his face.  Nor would I if I had the chance.  And that is the difference.

Now, the deal we have always had with Presidents is that we smile and talk nice to them when they're in front of us.  And then we cut them down and say horrible nasty things behind their backs.  This has always worked for 8th grade girls, and it's always worked for the United States of America.

But there's something about this President that makes conservatives think it's OK to go apeshit in his presence.  They didn't do this to Carter, an actual pacifist, or Clinton, who really did have a plan for universal health care, or LBJ, who actually made it easier for poor people to vote and eat.  All of them clearly evil America-haters.

But they got treated with a modicum of respect, at least to their faces.  Not Obama.  What can it be that's different about him?  (ponders for a moment to uncomfortable audience laughter)

It's either his race, or it's your brain chemistry, or it's something that happened when your dad spanked you and you liked it and you were looking at a box of Cream of Wheat.  I don't know, I'm not a therapist.  Maybe it's not race.  I don't know what's in people's hearts.  Except Newt Gingrich, I know what's in his heart: lust and cheese fries.

But this type of in-the-room, in-your-face, in-your-space disrespect is new.  Admit that, and I will admit that, of course, something like impeaching Clinton was far more serious.  But it was also at least in some ways more respectful.  It was done with high pomp, through official channels, and was all about the rule of law, and the Chief Justice wore a special robe he got from a musical or something.

And somehow that is a lot more respectful than this.

Not that if Obama ever did anything like what Clinton did, he would even be alive.  Can you imagine what they would do if they found out Obama had sex with the White House intern on Easter?  Talk about colored eggs!  He would have been impeached two times, one for each testicle!

This President has had to be the Caesar's wife of Pennsylvania Avenue, the Jackie Robinson of American politics, never reacting to the taunts from the stands.  But after you do this... try to get his goat, what's next?  A wedgie?  A purple nurple?

Governor Brewer said she did this because she felt "threatened".  Right, like Obama ran his finger down her blouse and said, "Yeah, you my white princess." 

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