Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Obeying only the laws we like

The Capital Times:

Editorial: Mark Green's lawlessness

When the late, great Madison lawyer Edward Ben Elson ran for a judgeship some years ago, he suggested that citizens should "only obey good laws."

Coming from Elson, a humane and decent man who mocked a legal system that he thought was often unfair and abusive, the line was both amusing and instructive.

But U.S. Rep. Mark Green, who is neither so humane nor so decent as Elson, has now made the political parodist's slogan the guiding principle of his Republican campaign for the governorship of Wisconsin.

Green raised almost $500,000 from out-of-state special interests who could not give to his campaign. Then he transferred the illegal money from his federal campaign account to his state account.

When State Elections Board called Green on the move, the congressman attacked the board, peddled ridiculous excuses and finally announced a plan to sue the board for wronging him by enforcing state law. At the same time he is complaining about the ethics of the man he seeks to displace, Gov. Jim Doyle, Green has displayed dramatic disregard for ethical and legal standards.

Green is now running an "only-obey-good-laws" campaign. When the law applies to him, Green neither respects nor obeys it.

Unfortunately, the Republican nominee for governor is not trying to make a ideological point in the way that Eddie Elson so well and wisely did. Rather, Green, like so many petty lawbreakers before him, is trying to take the money and run.
Eddie Ben Elson also announced his candidacy in the nude, as I recall. At least Mark Green spared us that.


At 10:49 AM, Blogger GWC shadow said...

The capitol times is about as communist as they come especially with the Communist Chinese star in their logo. Calling Mark Green a petty lawbreaker? So what does that make Doyle? Come on Bill you can't find any moderate opinions any more? Is this the Democratic party in Wisconsin now. Run by kooks in the capitol times? Wow things are getting bad for you guys.

At 11:16 AM, Blogger Paul_Robeson said...

Not to be picky, GWC, but there is a difference between "capital" and "capitol."

If you're going brand folks as commies, at least get the spelling right.

At 12:34 PM, Blogger James Wigderson said...

I think the governor should just announce he doesn't like the law and refuse to enforce it. After all, there's precedent.

At 1:33 PM, Blogger grumps said...

Not to be picky, James, but when you talk about ignoring the law it's "President" not "precedent."

At 1:44 PM, Blogger Whirl-Away said...

Not to be picky, grumps, but don't forget that this is 2006 and NOT 1996 ;)

At 10:16 PM, Blogger badgervan said...

Gotta love the wingnuts, always comparing corporations that they don't agree with to "communism". If you ever studied communism, you would know better than to try and apply it's principles to a free market, capitalistic business like the Cap Times. Next time, think before typing.


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