Sunday, May 27, 2007

The "Mere Presence" of Dick Cheney

Today is Sunday, 27 May 2007.

Now comes, as the legal language would have it, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

The case concerns as many as 1,000 citizens of the said United States, wishing yesterday to apply their Bill of Rights rights to assemble upon the grounds of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, owned, by the by, by the American taxpayer, and to provide an alternative view to the militaristic hate speech at the graduation ceremonies by an employee of the American taxpayer, one Richard “Dick” Cheney.

In a ruling as inane, asinine, and vicious as it is patently unconstitutional, the three judges held: “Although the vice president is a political figure, he is also an incumbent official in the United States government. As such, his mere presence on campus to address members of the United States military on their graduation does not convert the West Point campus into a public forum …”


One cannot be “an incumbent official in the United States government” without one’s public acts being inherently political, and also, in any case, subject to the First Amendment: the prohibition against “abridging the freedom of speech”, and “the right of the people peaceably to assemble, to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

This entire nation is a “public forum”.

But their disHonors of the Second Circuit would have us surrender deferment to King “Dick” Cheney: how his tender ears might be wounded by cries of dissent.

Their disHonors should rather heed the cries of the 500,000+ Iraqis, and 3,000+ Americans, assassinated by the Bush-Cheney/Cheney-Bush regime in the criminal war of aggression against Iraq.

The decision of the Second Circuit is therefore reversed, and the relief sought is hereby granted.

Further deponent saith not.


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