‘Constitutional Sheriff’ Goes on Unhinged Rant

Self-declared “constitutional sheriff” Richard Mack went on quite an unhinged rant on a “patriot” radio talk show recently, calling Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg “very senile and evil” and saying that the Supreme Court is “bought and paid for” to “peddle perversion.”

“I think this Supreme Court is bought and paid for, I think they’re just political hacks, most of them, and they will not use moral agency or tradition or biblical principle. They’re just going to do what they’re there for,” Mack told far-right “Patriot” movement radio program “ Liberty Roundtable.”

“Those people have been put there, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a very senile and evil person, she does not like America, she does not like our Constitution,” he said, adding that if President Obama “was capable of being embarrassed or having any shame” it would be in his nomination of “Helen Kagan.” (The program’s host, Sam Bushman, quickly pointed out that he meant Elena Kagan.)

I love this claim that advocates of same-sex marriage “will not use moral agency” or that we’re all moral relativists. Flat wrong. I support same-sex marriage not because I don’t think there is any such thing as morality but because I do. I assert that it is immoral to discriminate against gay people. That’s the exact opposite of moral relativism.

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  • matty1

    Ah but you and they mean something completely different by morality. While there isn’t one humanist approach to moral questions there is a general recognition that you have to think your way to the answers and that arguments like consequentialism and the categorical imperative can be relevant, even if different people give them different weight.

    Fundie morality by contrast involves just one question, ‘what have you been told to do?’ – obedience is the only real good and all evils are just types of disobedience. This is not of course the limit of religious thought, there are more complex versions that approach something like a humanist attitude but these also tend to be the types of religion that are less likely to produce this kind of rant.

  • Al Dente

    What’s a “constitutional sheriff”? Sheriffs aren’t mentioned in the Constitution.

  • Chiroptera

    I want to be a Constitutional Sheriff.

  • John Pieret

    a very senile and evil person

    Can a “very senile” person form the intent necessary to be “evil”?

  • D. C. Sessions

    What’s a “constitutional sheriff”?

    Kind of like a drill sergeant: someone who polices your morning exercises.

  • StevoR

    Projection for $ 500 jeopardy host?

  • caseloweraz

    Yes — Obama’s nomination of Helen Gahagan* undoubtedly reveals his evil intent (and his use of a time machine.) And it’s well known that Ruth Vader Ginsburg Ginsberg is the offspring of the vile Darth Vader, amirite?

    * Helen Gahagan Douglas (1900-1980)

  • StevoR

    So if he reckons Ruth Bader Ginsburg is senile and should be replaced then that means who exactly gets to replace her and maybe other too elderly judges such as Scalia as well? Oh yeah Obama, right? If not him then most likely his successor -Hillary Clinton yeah? They sure they really want to get what they claim to wish for? 555

  • raven

    I want to be a Constitutional Sheriff.

    You can be one. It’s easy.

    You just claim to be a Constitutional Sheriff and ignore anyone who asks how you became one. It’s all Make Believe and Let’s Pretend.

    PS You can do better than Constitutional Sheriff though. How about Marquis of the Galactic Illuminati? Guardian of the Brass Nodes of the Universe?

  • http://artk.typepad.com ArtK

    @Al Dente

    There’s an idea, popular among some people, that the sheriff is the ultimate law enforcement officer in a county and therefore has jurisdiction above any state or federal officers operating in the county. It’s really just another flavor of “you’re not the boss of meeeeeee” popular with people on the sovereign citizen spectrum. Like all sovereign citizen “logic,” the reasoning behind this is murky at best. They like to wave their hands chanting “Tenth Amendment” a lot.

    Mack runs an organization, the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association. Note that he founded this organization with another darling of the nutters, Joe Arpaio.

  • StevoR

    Okay I know Hillary Clinton hasn’t even yet officially clinched the Democratic nomination let alone the 2016 election but that does seem by far the most likely probable outcome of both doesn’t it? I’m pretty sure it will happen although I could be wrong. Hope I’m not and pretty sure I’m right of course.

  • dingojack

    raven – how about ‘Prophet of the Third Eagle? (or should that the One & Only Raven?)

    😉 Dingo

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    He’s right. Ruth Bader Ginsburg only looks like a pocket full of adorable. It’s an act. She’s as evil as she is senile, and she is plenty senile. Behind the scenes, all the Constitutional Judges are terrified of her.

  • http://umlud.blogspot.com umlud

    I really like the RationalWiki’s page on “Constitutional Sheriffs.” Basically, ArtK @10 is right, but the link goes into far more detail.

    http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Constitutional_Sheriffs_and_Peace_Officers_Association

  • Michael Heath

    Well, if one were a federal appellate judge that claims they’re a mere umpire who is only supposed to call balls and strikes rather than conjure up laws; may I present the relevant portion of the 14th Amendment:

    No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

    So what will it be C.J. Roberts? Are you going to stick to your promise to be a mere umpire as you did in your confirmation hearings? Or are you instead going to defend the conservative political agenda that leverages government power to treat gay people and their families unequally?

  • colnago80

    Re Michael Heath @ #15

    Actually, different umpires disagree on where the strike zone is. Many home plate umpires require that the entire ball must pass over the plate in order to be called a strike while others require that only a portion of the ball must pass over the plate.

  • Al Dente

    dingojack @12

    ‘Prophet of the Third Eagle

    Is that anything like the Third Eagle of the Apocalypse?

  • whheydt

    Re: raven @ #9…

    I want “Second Stage Lensman”.

  • dingojack

    Al Dente – Yes — but extra, extra flaky!

    Dingo