11 thoughts on “We See Now Why You Have to Buy a Ticket to the TNGOP Fundraiser

  1. Well shit, if you’re cool with religious folks making citizen’s arrests in an extra-legal manner, then I can’t wait to see the folks from Planned Parenthood frog-marched.

  2. @-Chris:

    There are those who believe that abortion–carried out regularly at Planned Parenthood–is a murder for hire. Since a physician is paid to perform abortions, the argument would be that that is a first-degree murder (murder performed in exchange for financial gain.)

    In other words…felony murder.

  3. … is in danger of being put under citizen’s arrest by religious folks acting on their consciences. …

    Amazingly, those people are put under arrest. Those responsible for war crimes, torture, and shredding the Constitution? Not so much.

  4. There are those who believe that abortion–carried out regularly at Planned Parenthood–is a murder for hire.

    But since 1973 the courts have said those people are wrong.

    Look, you can say eating a steak for dinner is murder for hire, since you bought the T-bone at Kroger. But legally speaking you’re full of hogwash.

    Last I checked we were still a nation of laws, despite what the Bush Administration has been allowed to get away with.

  5. Actually the people shouldn’t have been arrested because they were technically following the law. And no the Planned Parenthood thing wouldn’t be the same for the reasons SouthernBeale mentioned. Whereas those people might believe abortion is murder, it’s unlikely that “pro-life” activists would be so uneducated on abortion law that they would think it was legally a felony.

    That said, I’m sure there are probably some flipped issues where are group of conservatives could legitimately try to make a citizen’s arrest of a liberal under the law. The law isn’t really a very good one.

  6. Lee, guh, what? What felonies do you think are being committed at Planned Parenthood?

    Oh wait. Terrorists commit felonies at Planned Parenthood locations all the time. But you said “folks from Planned Parenthood”, meaning the targets of the terrorist attacks, not the perpetrators. So are you not making any sense on pupose?

  7. I assumed that people would figure out that I was merely pointing out the double edged sword of folks outside of established law enforcement community making arrests “acting on their consciences.” Especially involving hot button political issues.

    I no more endorse arresting abortion providers than I do arresting politicians whom you passionately disagree with.

    Hell, what if I thought Bill Clinton committed a war crime when he bombed that aspirin factory in Sudan? There are folks out there who believe he did.

    PS: Dang, and not one Gomer Pyle reference in this entire thread. “Citizen’s ar-REST! Citizen’s ar-REST!”

  8. Hell, what if I thought Bill Clinton committed a war crime when he bombed that aspirin factory in Sudan? There are folks out there who believe he did.

    That’s a much better analogy.

  9. Lee, you’re still making no sense. There wasn’t anything in the topic about people “making arrests ‘acting on their consciences'”, only on people following the law. There’s a huge difference. Did you even read the links?

    As for Bill Clinton, if you’re a resident of Iowa or a state with the same statue, you find him in said state, and attempt to arrest him for said bombing, I’d post the exact same thing in response:

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Oh is that fantastic.

    I don’t think war crimes are some petty partisan issue. I have no idea why you’re treating them as though they are, but it’s really freaking creepy.

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