In another example of how low the military can go and how much they appreciate those serving what’s left of our democracy, thousands of wounded service personnel are reportedly being asked to repay part of their signing bonuses because they’re so badly wounded that they can’t complete their commitments. In some cases, the military gives enlistment bonuses up to $30,000 to get people to sign up.
Now men and women serving in Afghanistan and Iraq who have lost arms, legs, eyesight, hearing and can no longer serve are being ordered to pay some of that money back. Jordan Fox is one of them.
Fox was seriously injured when a roadside bomb blew up the vehicle he was in. He was knocked unconscious, his back was injured and he lost all the vision in his right eye. A few months later Fox was sent home.
Military Demanding Nearly $3,000 Back
The injuries he received prevented him from fulfilling three months of his commitment. A few days ago he received a letter from the military demanding nearly $3,000 of his signing bonus back. “I tried to do my best and serve my country. I was unfortunately hurt in the process. Now they’re telling me they want their money back,” he explained.
Fox’s mother, Susan Wardezak, met with President Bush in Pittsburgh last May when he thanked her for starting Operation Pittsburgh Pride in Jordan’s name, which has sent approximately 4,000 care packages to troops over seas. President Bush then sent her a letter expressing his concern over her son’s injuries. Consequently, she can’t understand the U.S. Government’s apparent lack of concern over injuries to countless U.S. soldiers and the demands that they return their bonuses.
Fox is unwavering in his commitment to his country and says he would do it all over again. He’s unsure about his future, but he feels like he’s already given enough. He’ll never be able to pursue his dream of being a police officer due to his wounds and he can’t believe he’s being asked to return part of his $10,000 signing bonus.
Congressman Jason Altmire, contacted by KDKA on Fox’s behalf, says he has proposed a bill that would guarantee soldiers receive the full benefit of bonuses. It’s ridiculous that such a bill would have to be introduced and even more ridiculous that the military is treating wounded soldiers like this. It’s no mystery why the military is having a hard time recruiting.
Links to More Information
The link to the information above as well as links and snippets to numerous other federal misadventures can be found below:
Wounded Soldier: Military Wants Part Of Bonus Back article from KDKA News
Press Release of Senator Whitehouse – In FISA Speech, Whitehouse Sharply Criticizes Bush Administration’s Assertion of Executive Power
Glenn Greenwald – Democratic complicity in Bush’s torture regimen article from Salon News:
“The Washington Post reports today that the Bush administration, beginning in 2002, repeatedly briefed leading Congressional Democrats on the Senate and House Intelligence Committees — including, at various times, Jay Rockefeller, Nancy Pelosi, and Jane Harman — regarding the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation methods,” including details about waterboarding and other torture measures. With one exception (Harman, who vaguely claims to have sent a letter to the CIA), these lawmakers not only failed to object to these policies, but affirmatively supported them.
Just look at how compromised Congressional Democratic leaders are when it comes to those charged with exercising “oversight” over our intelligence communities. And one finds this with almost the entire list of Bush abuses.
Whether it’s the war in Iraq or illegal surveillance or the abolition of habeas corpus and now the systematic use of torture, it’s the Bush administration that conceived of the policies, implemented them and presided over their corrupt application. But it’s Congressional Democrats at the leadership level who were the key allies and enablers, never getting their hands dirty with implementation — and thus feigning theatrical, impotent outrage once each abuse was publicly exposed — but nonetheless working feverishly the entire time to enable all of it every step of the way.”
Hill Briefed on Waterboarding in 2002 article from The Washington Post:
Now we know why Pelosi says impeachment is off the table. There really is possible treason at the top of our government and she may be part of it:
“In Meetings, Spy Panels’ Chiefs Did Not Protest, Officials Say.
In September 2002, four members of Congress met in secret for a first look at a unique CIA program designed to wring vital information from reticent terrorism suspects in U.S. custody. For more than an hour, the bipartisan group, which included current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), was given a virtual tour of the CIA’s overseas detention sites and the harsh techniques interrogators had devised to try to make their prisoners talk.
Among the techniques described, said two officials present, was waterboarding, a practice that years later would be condemned as torture by Democrats and some Republicans on Capitol Hill. But on that day, no objections were raised. Instead, at least two lawmakers in the room asked the CIA to push harder, two U.S. officials said.”
An IP address belonging to the House of Representatives edited Wikipedia 2003 Invasion of Iraq article to draw connection between Iraq and Al-Qaeda
The Conspiracy Continues – The Democrats and War Funding article from OpEdNews:
“Okay. I’m going to state the obvious here. After all, somebody needs to say it. In fact, everybody who sees it needs to say it. Are you ready? Then here goes. The men and women calling themselves Democrats and sitting in Congress are the biggest bunch of liars this country has ever seen. Given today’s political situation, what with Bush and Cheney running the White House, that’s a pretty big claim to make. Unfortunately for those who believed those men and women might actually stop the war in Iraq and begin getting the US military out of there, this is the only conclusion one can make.
I mean, take a look. There are more troops in Iraq now than there were when the Democrats won (yeh, won) both houses of Congress a little over a year ago. If my calculations are correct, more than $100 billion have been spent to keep those troops there, keep them in supplies both lethal and otherwise, and to top it off, more troops have died since those elected “representatives” took their places than in any other year of this loathsome war and occupation. Add to this list of calamities the untold numbers of Iraqis killed, wounded and uprooted from their homes. No matter how you look at it, there is no way this can be called ending the war. In fact, not only could it be called enabling this debacle to continue, the more truthful description would be to call what the Democrats have done is conspire to commit murder.”
Stop Getting Mad, America. Get Smart. article from The Washington Post:
“The world is dissatisfied with American leadership. Shocked and frightened after 9/11, we put forward an angry face to the globe, not one that reflected the more traditional American values of hope and optimism, tolerance and opportunity.
This fearful approach has hurt the United States’ ability to bring allies to its cause, but it is not too late to change. The nation should embrace a smarter strategy that blends our “hard” and “soft” power — our ability to attract and persuade, as well as our ability to use economic and military might. Whether it is ending the crisis in Pakistan, winning the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, deterring Iran’s and North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, managing China’s rise or improving the lives of those left behind by globalization, the United States needs a broader, more balanced approach.”
Huckabee: women’s role in marriage is to “graciously submit” article from Daily Kos:
“Huckabee’s opinion on gay marriage is out there, but we should also be publicizing Huckabee’s opinions on heterosexual marriage. Specifically, what he believes about a women’s role in a marriage.
In August of 1998, Huckabee was one of 131 signatories to a full page USA Today Ad which declared: “I affirm the statement on the family issued by the 1998 Southern Baptist Convention.” What was in the family statement from the SBC? “A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ.”
Why is Marijuana Illegal? article from DrugWarRant.com
New Health Care Ad: If Dick Cheney Didn’t Have Government Care, ‘He’d Probably Be Dead Now’ article from Think Progress:
“In Iowa today, 10 newspapers are running a full page ad advocating for a single-payer health-care bill, highlighting the fact Vice President Dick Cheney has benefited from his government-provided coverage. “If he were anyone else, he’d probably be dead by now,” the ad claims. Cheney, as the ad notes, has a long history of health problems:
The patient’s history and prognosis were grim: four heart attacks, quadruple bypass surgery, angioplasty, an implanted defibrillator and now an emergency procedure to treat an irregular heartbeat
The ad, which is sponsored by the California Nurses Association and the National Nurses Organizing Committee, argues that without his government-provided health care, Cheney’s recent heart problems would have been “a death sentence:”
The 9/11 Commission Doesn’t Believe It: Why Do You? article with a lot more links to references raising more questions about 9/11 from George Washington’s Blog:
“The 9/11 Commission co-chairs don’t believe the 9/11 Commission Report:
The 9/11 Commissioners knew that military officials lied to the Commission, and considered recommending criminal charges for such false statements, yet didn’t bother to tell the American people (free subscription required).
The co-chairs of the Commission now admit that the Commission largely operated based upon political considerations.
Chairman Thomas Kean says “I’m upset that [the government] didn’t tell us the truth.”
Co-chair Hamilton says of the CIA’s cover up and destruction of tapes of interrogation of people allegedly connected with 9/11:
“Did they obstruct our inquiry? The answer is clearly yes,” says Lee Hamilton, who co-chaired the 9/11 Commission, in the wake of reports the CIA destroyed videotapes of interrogations of two al-Qaida suspects. “Whether that amounts to a crime, others will have to judge,” adds Hamilton.”
Sen. Biden: Bush administration is like Nixon’s ‘without the competence’ article and video from The Raw Story:
“The CIA and the Department of Justice have both announced they intend to investigate the CIA’s destruction in 2005 of al Qaeda interrogation tapes. The White House says that it will not comment on the matter while the internal investigation is underway and has directed press secretary Dana Perino not to answer questions about it.
However, presidential candidate Joe Biden indicated on Sunday that this sort of self-examination would be unacceptable.
“Let me put it this way,” Biden told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. “Rhetorical question — anything this Attorney Generals’ offices have done since this guy’s become president that you’re going to take on face value? Not me. (Laughs) Not me.” Biden emphasized that current Attorney General Mukasey “is the same guy who couldn’t decide whether waterboarding was torture.”
Why I Can’t Laugh At 9/11 Truthers article from ThisIsByUs.us
Shep Smith: ‘Fox is Bush’s network after all.’ article and video from Think Progress:
“Shep Smith: ‘Fox is Bush’s network after all.’Today on Fox News, host Shepard Smith and co-host Courtney Friel discussed the story of an Icelandic teen who discovered and dialed President Bush’s secret direct phone number. Friel joked, “We of course have President Bush’s number in our blackberries, right.” Smith sarcastically responded, “Yeah, we are his network after all. So we have to have his number.” Watch it:”
First It Was War On Crime, Then Drugs, Next Terror, Now It’s War On Americans article JustAnotherCoverUp:
“Going back through history, I remember when the “War on Crime” began, and that was almost thirty (30) years ago. Then came the “War on Drugs,” and now approximately 1 in every 31 adults in the United States is behind bars or under court supervision. Why are we so cruel to our own people? LINK Now that the “War on Terror” is being expanded, and the Senate is getting ready to pass S 1959, its apparent the government is now starting a new “War” – and this one is aimed squarely at anyone and everyone that doesn’t agree with a government that dances to the tune of corporations and special interest groups rather than the people themselves. Now that Congress has ample evidence to successfully impeach George. W. Bush and Vice-President Dick (Darth) Cheney, and they still refuse to uphold the Constitution and protect the people they pledged to serve in their oaths of office, the people know that Congress is complicit in the destruction of democracy, instead opting for the money and/or acting in cowardice and fear as fascism is rapidly taking-over the governance of the United States.
The facts that have been released to the mainstream news media these last few days have been damning for the Bush administration, and even more evidence of criminality is available on the Internet for all to see; however, you in Congress must take note that President Bush has lied to a nation, and now we know that the recent NIE was only released because several senior intelligence analysts were willing to go to jail in order to insure that the people of America and the world community were apprised of the truth, not what Bush and Cheney were attempting to coerce them to say. LINK”
America: Are You F***king Brain Dead?! article from The Smirking Chimp
CIA torturer incriminates self during interview with ABC article from Daily Kos:
“ABC has an interview with someone who led the torture of Abu Zubaydah up:
A leader of the CIA team that captured and interrogated the first major al Qaeda figure, Abu Zubaydah, says subjecting him to waterboarding was torture but necessary.
In the first public comment by any CIA officer involved in handling high-value al Qaeda targets, John Kiriakou, now retired, said the technique broke Zubaydah in less than 35 seconds.
Imagine that: it took 35 seconds to break a mentally ill subject who then lied his ass off to get it to stop.”
The McLaughlin Group Mormonism Meltdown article and video from AlterNet:
“After listening to right wing pundits like Pat Buchanan repeatedly praise Romney’s over-hyped “faith speech,” guest commentator Lawrence O’Donnell got mad as hell because he just couldn’t take it anymore.”
Chief Guantanamo Presocutor Resigned When Place Under Command Of Torture Advocate article from Think Progress:
“Until Oct. 4, Morris Davis served as chief prosecutor for the military commissions at Guantanamo Bay. When originally asked why he was stepping down, Davis said that the Pentagon had ordered him “not to communicate with the news media about my resignation or military commissions.”
Today in an LA Times op-ed, however, Morris reveals that part of the reason he resigned was that the Bush administration placed him under the chain of command of Defense Department General Counsel William J. Haynes, a torture advocate whose nomination to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals was blocked by the Senate. Morris writes:”
Destruction of C.I.A. Tapes Cleared by Lawyers article from The New York Times
Tom Tancredo is a Big War Advocate But Was a Vietnam War Draft Dodger Due to Claims of Depression article from BuzzFlash
CIA may have more interrogation tapes, detainee’s lawyer suggests article from The Raw Story:
“White House tacitly approved destruction of CIA waterboarding tapes, former official says.
Contrary to the official CIA line, the lawyer for a captured prisoner revealed that her client reported seeing videocameras in interrogation rooms and on the wall of the prison in 2003 — a year after the CIA said interrogations had stopped, suggesting there may be yet more tapes.
“The former prisoner who reported seeing cameras, Muhammad Bashmilah of Yemen, was seized by Jordanian intelligence agents in 2003 and turned over to the C.I.A., according to an investigation by Amnesty International, the human rights advocacy organization,” the New York Times reported Tuesday. “He was flown from Jordan to Afghanistan in October 2003 and held there until April 2004, when he was flown by plane and helicopter to a C.I.A. jail in an unidentified country, Amnesty found. Mr. Bashmilah and two other Yemeni men held with him were flown to Yemen in May 2005 and later released.”
Gitmo ex-prosecutor: ‘Full, fair, open’ trials not possible article from The Raw Story:
“The chief prosecutor for Guantanamo Bay’s military commissions has revealed that he relinquished his position after concluding that “full, fair and open trials” for the accused were impossible.
“I resigned,” writes Morris D. Davis in the Los Angeles Times, “because I felt that the system had become deeply politicized and that I could no longer do my job effectively or responsibly.”
Davis, an Air Force officer and lawyer, says “it is absolutely critical to the legitimacy of the military commissions that they be conducted in an atmosphere of honesty and impartiality.
“Yet the political appointee known as the ‘convening authority,'” a position he noted that had no civilian counterpart, “was not living up to that obligation.”
Former CIA Interrogator: We Carried Out Torture Because The White House Told Us To article and video from Think Progress:
“In an interview last night with ABC News, John Kiriakou – the CIA official who headed the team that interrogated al Qaeda leader Abu Zubaydah – said that Zubaydah was waterboarded, but defended those actions as having prevented “maybe dozens” of planned attacks and “probably saved lives.”
But despite his vigorous defense of his past conduct, Kiriakou says he now views what he did as torture and says that he would not recommend those tactics going forward. “We don’t need enhanced techniques to get that nugget of information,” he said in an interview with Matt Lauer this morning on The Today Show.
Lauer asked Kiriakou where the permission was given to carry out torture. “Was the White House involved in that decision?” Lauer asked. “Absolutely,” Kiriakou said, adding:
This isn’t something done willy nilly. It’s not something that an agency officer just wakes up in the morning and decides he’s going to carry out an enhanced technique on a prisoner. This was a policy made at the White House, with concurrence from the National Security Council and Justice Department.”
Patriot Act Loses Appeal article from CBS News
Egypt ‘fabricated terror group’ article from The BBC News:
“A US-based human rights group has accused the Egyptian government of using torture and false confessions in a high-profile anti-terrorism case.
Twenty-two alleged members of an unknown Islamist group, the Victorious Sect, were accused of planning attacks on tourism sites and gas pipelines.
Human Rights Watch says its research suggests the security forces may have fabricated the group’s name. It reports claims the case was used to justify renewing emergency laws.
Although the state prosecutor dismissed the charges against the suspects, 10 of them are still believed to be in detention.”
The Crusaders article from Rolling Stone (2005):
One reason why politics and religion don’t mix:
“Christian evangelicals are plotting to remake America in their own image.
It’s February, and 900 of America’s staunchest Christian fundamentalists have gathered in Fort Lauderdale to look back on what they accomplished in last year’s election — and to plan what’s next. As they assemble in the vast sanctuary of Coral Ridge Presbyterian, with all fifty state flags dangling from the rafters, three stadium-size video screens flash the name of the conference: RECLAIMING AMERICA FOR CHRIST. These are the evangelical activists behind the nation’s most effective political machine — one that brought more than 4 million new Christian voters to the polls last November, sending George W. Bush back to the White House and thirty-two new pro-lifers to Congress. But despite their unprecedented power, fundamentalists still see themselves as a persecuted minority, waging a holy war against the godless forces of secularism. To rouse themselves, they kick off the festivities with “Soldiers of the Cross, Arise,” the bloodthirstiest tune in all of Christendom: “Seize your armor, gird it on/Now the battle will be won/Soon, your enemies all slain/Crowns of glory you shall gain.”
U.S. Media Says Torture is OK article from Daily Kos:
“Whenever anyone from the Bush Administration says anything, regardless of whether they have the evidence to back it up, they can take comfort knowing that their trusted lapdogs in the U.S. media will report it as the whole, unadulterated truth.
Yesterday, ABC News reported that John Kiriakou, leader of a CIA team that captured and waterboarded a crazy, schizophrenic al-Qaeda operative named Abu Zubaydah, revealed that he believes waterboarding to be torture, but necessary:”
Under Bush’s watch, decay of public firefighting has spawned billion dollar private industry article from The Raw Story
CIA coverups and American injustice article from Salon News:
“How the Bush administration’s policies in the war on terror are coming back to haunt us.
Dec. 11, 2007 | GUANTÁNAMO BAY, Cuba — The news last week that the CIA had destroyed interrogation videotapes of two prisoners in its secret detention program had particular resonance at Guantánamo Bay, where I was attending a U.S. military tribunal hearing as a human rights observer. The destroyed tapes reportedly were evidence of the CIA’s brutal treatment, in secret prisons abroad, of two alleged high-level al-Qaida operatives, Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nahsiri. Both men are now in U.S. military custody in Guantánamo, together with 13 other former CIA prisoners the government refers to as “high-value detainees.”
Evidence from three of the other “high-value detainees” was a key issue in the hearing I attended, and showed how the Bush administration’s authorization of illegal detention and brutal prisoner treatment has tainted all aspects of its existing framework for handling key terrorist suspects. With the administration’s stubborn refusal to return to the rule of law, how can it be surprising that, in Washington, D.C., the CIA’s likely crimes have led to a coverup?”
Talking Points Memo – Admin Prevents Former Gitmo Prosecutor from Testifying before Congress article and video from TPMmuckraker:
“When Col. Morris Davis stepped down as the Pentagon’s chief war crimes prosecutor in October, the reason given seemed to be a somewhat bureaucratic one. He stepped down, it was reported, “in a dispute over whether Air Force Brig. Gen. Thomas Hartmann, legal advisor to the administrator overseeing the trials, has the power to supervise aspects of the prosecution.”
But in an op-ed in today’s Los Angeles Times, Davis is crystal clear. “I felt that the system had become deeply politicized and that I could no longer do my job effectively or responsibly,” he writes.
It’s a taste of what he would have said had he been allowed to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee this morning, during its hearing on the rights of Guantanamo Bay detainees. But Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) announced at the beginning of the hearing that the committee had invited Davis to testify, but that “the Defense Department has ordered him not to appear.”
Congress has been stymied by Bush, Republicans article from Yahoo! News and Reuters:
“WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President George W. Bush wants it known the U.S. Congress has been asleep at the switch since Democrats took over in January. The only problem is that he and his fellow Republicans have flipped off the switch at nearly every turn, Democrats say.”
Bush League Justice article and video from Crooks and Liars:
“Dan Abrams began a new series Monday chronicling the politicization of the Civil Rights Department of the DOJ under George W. Bush. Politicization would be a polite euphemism for turning the very basis for the creation of a Civil Rights Department inside out. And like everything else about the Bush Administration, it appears its sole focus is to operate on a strictly partisan basis and without regard to competency.”
We, the people of the United States of America, are ready for a principled Speaker of the House article from Buzz Flash
Would a 9/11 Conspiracy have been Too Big to Keep Quiet? article from OpEdNews (with lots of links to reference):
“But 9/11 would have involved a much bigger conspiracy theory, which – unlike the examples above – would have been too big to keep quiet. Right?
NATO’s Italian terror campaign would have involved quite a few people.
Pearl Harbor, according to top historians, involved hundreds of people.
9/11, in contrast, could have involved fewer people.
Indeed, one could argue that it involved ONE person. Let’s say — just as an example randomly pulled out of a hat — Vice President Dick Cheney.
Cheney was apparently in charge of the entire U.S. government’s counter-terrorism program prior to 9/11, and in charge of ALL 5 of the war games which occurred on 9/11, and Mr. Cheney also coordinated the government’s “response” to the attacks. See this CNN article; and this essay. Being in charge of all counter-terrorism in the U.S., Cheney was probably the person who moved up major war games so that they would overlap with games and terror drills already planned for 9/11. And see this interview of the former head of the Star Wars program and a former Air Force colonel.”
Spy court won’t release eavesdropping docs article from MSNBC News:
“WASHINGTON – The nation’s spy court said Tuesday that it will not make public its documents regarding the Bush administration’s warrantless wiretapping program.
The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, in a rare public opinion, said the public has no right to view the documents because they deal with the clandestine workings of national security agencies.
The American Civil Liberties Union asked the court to release the records in August. Specifically, the organization asked for the government’s legal briefs and the court’s opinions on the wiretapping program.”
Guantanamo Legal Adviser Refuses To Say Iranians Waterboarding Americans Would Be Torture article and video from Think Progress
The intangible right to honest services, due process, and accurate reports article from MuckRakerReport.com:
“December 11, 2007 – Responding to the Complaint for Injunctive and Declaratory Relief filed on May 7, 2007, Michael J. Garcia, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York and Attorney for the Defendants has issued a Memorandum in Support of Government Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss. Garcia filed his motion on October 26, 2007.
The government maintains that Complaint for Injunctive and Declaratory Relief is predicated on an alleged conspiracy to cover up the true cause of the collapse of 7 World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 – and therefore, must be dismissed for several reasons. This assertion from the government is a desperate attempt to further the concept that any person[s] that questions the government regarding any element of the events of September 11, 2001 is bewitched and should therefore be ignored – no matter how thoughtful the questions asked.
To further its maintenance of the false perception that the plaintiff is bewitched, a purposeful distortion in which it hopes the court will subscribe, the government has taken a section of the Complaint for Injunctive and Declaratory Relief and twisted it to its own delight, completely changing the context, and creating a distortion of fact. In the complaint, the plaintiff pointed out the obvious: that some of the sub-contractors employed by NIST to investigate the collapse of WTC7 are involved with other government contracts and technologies that might disqualify their work as a potential conflict of interest if a parallel criminal investigation were to be conducted.”
Poetic Justice and the Bush Administration article from OpEdNews:
“Justice is to the law what melody is to a musical score. That is, the true essence of a legal or musical a composition lies not on the dead scribbles on the pages, but rather in how we faithfully interpret and renew the themes that once danced in a their author’s mind.
Bush, of course, lost the popular vote to Gore, so his “victory” in the Electoral College depended on the fact that the votes in the so-called Blue States counted less than votes in Red States. This makes a mockery of Bush’s argument that recounting Florida’s votes violated the Equal Protection Clause. In fact, all the evidence indicated that Florida’s voters favored Gore too, just like the rest of the country. Of course, like Iraq’s phantom WMD, or Iran’s suspended nuclear weapons program, the Bush administration ignores evidence it doesn’t want to see.
Sandra Day O’Connor, who cast a deciding ballot in Bush vs. Gore, has since reconsidered her verdict; she now describes Bush as “arrogant and lawless.” Her epithet, however, is somewhat self-descriptive since it was she who opined that Florida’s voters must have been too stupid to cast their ballots properly. In retrospect, however, it seems clear the majority of voters got right what O’Connor got wrong.
Justice Stephen Breyer, one of the dissenting voices in Bush vs. Gore, rightly suggests that self-government is a theme central to the Constitution. We must read our founding document with this in view, striving to foster a government “of the people, by the people, and for the people.” You won’t reach this goal through a sterile and slavish reading of the Constitution, a la the strict constructionism of Justice Scalia (an oxymoron if ever there was one). If there’s a lesson in the debacle of Bush vs. Gore it is this: a self-governing people arrived at a just outcome, but hypocritical partisans posing as Justices overturned them.”