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Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Profiles in Courage from Ann Coulter

Over at Clownhall, Ann Coulter is calling for Jeb Bush to send out the National Guard "to stop an innocent American from being starved to death in Florida." Having already hipped a startled Canadian nation to the fact that they actually sent its troops to help the US in Viet Nam, she now hopes to inspire Jeb to turn his back on the rule of law using as his role model another lesson from history:
President Andrew Jackson is supposed to have said of a Supreme Court ruling he opposed: "Well, John Marshall has made his decision, now let him enforce it." The court's ruling was ignored. And yet, somehow, the republic survived.
Does Ann know that the Supreme Court case she is referring to is the 1832 Worcester v. Georgia decision, which stated that the Cherokee Nation was sovereign and that the tribe could not be forcibly removed from the State of Georgia? Andrew Jackson decided to ignore this decision, and compelled the Cherokee to abandon their property and their homes in the middle of winter, sending them on a forced 800 miles march along the Trail of Tears. It is estimated that 4,000 people, or 25% of the Cherokee Nation, died during the march.

How touching that Ann would fondly bring up an incident that represents a blatant disregard of law for the purpose of inflicting untold cruelty and mass genocide. Thanks for the history lesson, Ann. And for reminding us what you're all about.

(thanks to funkyphd for the tip)