The court system in New Hampshire has adopted some new rules governing the use of interpreters in legal proceedings, saying "a comprehensive, publicly available plan will better ensure that the services are reliable and consistent."
In a dissenting opinion, Justice Robert Lynn disagreed with a provision in the plan that requires interpretation services to be provided regardless of the user’s ability to pay for the services.
Just in case you couldn't guess, Lynn was appointed by then-Governor Judd Gregg to the trial bench, and to the state Supreme Court by Craig Benson, both Republicans.
To paraphrase the bleeding hemorrhoids at the Ayn Rand Center, "fair treatment in the legal system isn't a right, it's a privilege."
It's this kind of reasoning that buttresses what Badtux and Jurassic Pork (among many others) have been saying, that the 1% is determined to obliterate the middle class and take us back to a feudal system.
If your community has a deaf person who needs professional assistance in translating court proceedings, and that person is denied a sign language interpreter's services because he cannot afford to pay the interpreter (the average charge for interpreter services is $50-$75 per hour), does that person receive "due process of law?" If the person suffers a loss in the legal system, as a result of not being able to pay for interpreter, could that person be "deprived of life, liberty, or property," or could his "private property be taken for public use, without just compensation[?]"
In the words of Caribou Barbie, "you betcha, by golly."
By preventing us from obtaining healthcare, or fair legal representation, or education, or even FOOD, the 1% can weaken us to the point where we can no longer resist their oppression.
But that is exactly what the rethuglicans want. They want to strip us of our rights, our protections, our very humanity, to fill their coffers and feed their greed. They want to grind us down and eliminate any rebellion.
Which, by the way, is why so many toothless mouth-breathers in the deep South are rethuglican: they think slavery is just a dandy idea. Duck F***er Phil Robertson expressed his views rather succinctly:
"I never heard one of them, one black person, say, 'I tell you what: These doggone white people' -- not a word!" he said. "Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues."
Yup, them darkies sure had it good.
- Headstart (why do people need an edgimacation, when we're gonna tell 'em what to do?)
- SNAP (aka food stamps; after all, who needs anything more than subsistence rations?)
- Section 8 Housing Assistance (Sheriff Arpaio has the right idea, just use tents)
- Student Loans (keep 'em dumb, and they won't fight us)
- Healthcare (if you get sick, die quickly... don't clog our hospitals with your worthless carcasses)
- Due Process of Law (if they're incarcerated, they work cheap, and if they don't get due process, we get their stuff!)