The Wingnuts’ New ‘Restrain the Judges’ Scam

Janet Porter and Peter LaBarbera have discovered the scam that many groups are running these days, getting people to sign up to send “letters” to members of Congress and others on whatever issue they’re all fired up about. And all you have to do is pay them for what they almost certainly do for very little cost. This time it’s a call for a “restraining order” on judges.

The Supreme Court has announced that it will be issuing a ruling on marriage by June of this year. In order to prevent the Roe v. Wade of Marriage, we must act now.

With the click of a button, you can mail a printed, personalized “Restraining Order” to the Supreme Court and every member of Congress with the message:

We the people of the United States affirm our right to self-governance and hereby issue a Restraining Order to the United States Supreme Court and our Federal Courts who would attempt to further usurp:

1. The sovereign vote of the American People

2. Our State Constitutions

3. The sacred institution of marriage between one man and one woman

4. Our Constitutionally protected First Amendment rights

Join us in calling upon Congress to use the authority granted by the U.S. Constitution to restrain federal judges and the Supreme Court from undermining marriage any further!

For $9.95, they’ll send these to John Boehner, Mitch McConnell and the 9 Supreme Court justices (who are insulated from such influence deliberately under the Constitution these people claim to love but know nothing about). For $29.95, they’ll send it to all the Republicans in the House and Senate and the Supreme Court justices. And for $49.95, they’ll send it to all 535 members of Congress and the Supreme Court. Nice little moneymaker. And of course, when you sign up for this they’ll ask for an additional donation as well.

All of this is pointless, of course. Congress is not going to limit the court’s jurisdiction, any such bill would be vetoed immediately. And the Supreme Court couldn’t care less about such things, they don’t have to run for election. But it’s a great way for the organization sponsoring it to raise money and build their mailing list so they can extract more money from the credulous later.

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  • ArtK

    Years ago, I worked for a data processing service bureau. We’d take commissions from just about anyone. One customer was Morris Cerullo’s World Evangelism. Our job was to print letters to be mailed out to the suckersfaithful. One common form was an opportunity to donate and have your prayer prayed by Cerullo’s team of professional prayers. There are days that I regret being moderately ethical; the opportunities to fleece the ignorant are enormous.

  • John Pieret

    Well, if they make money on this, maybe they can afford somebody other than the Time Cube guy to design that website.

  • Marcus Ranum

    team of professional prayers

    Happy thought for the day: maybe some day that’ll be Rick Perry’s career.

  • Marcus Ranum

    Addendum: “think of it as a ‘Prayer Cloud’ service”

  • jeevmon

    Ironically, these kinds of operations wouldn’t be nearly so profitable had Roe v. Wade never come before the Court or had come down the other way. So these guys should be hoping for a Roe v. Wade of marriage – that’s money in the bank.

  • composer99

    The right-wing scam machine, hard at work.

  • Sastra

    Even assuming the letters got through to the Justices of the Supreme Court, how do the wingnuts think the Justices would react to a “restraining order” placed on them? It’ll put them in just the right frame of mind to do their bidding? It’ll make them feel friendly to their cause?

    “You may think that because you mailed us a ‘Restraining Order’ that you merit special consideration. I tell you this because I want you to know that when it comes to procedure, we’re not patient judges. Don’t think that because you mailed that ‘restraining order’ you will get special treatment. You won’t. You’ll be given no leeway what…so…ever.”

  • Area Man

    And for $49.95, they’ll send it to all 535 members of Congress and the Supreme Court.

    At $0.49 a letter at current first class rates, there’s no way they’re actually sending it to all of these people. Either they’re using some sort of a bulk system, or more likely, they’re sending emails. Or even more likely, nothing.

  • Trebuchet

    Or just mailing a single copy of the petition with hundreds of tiny signatures.

  • Bob Knowall

    So much hate from so called religious people. What else do they have to do? Church people don’t even love themselves. They need to stop telling that lie that they love everybody. They hate gay people. Why else would they put so much energy trying to stop them. It will happen. Marriage equality, in spite of so called church people. Deal with it or live your life.