Monday, March 21, 2005

Politics or Purity

The LA Times in predictable form lambasted the right for standing up for Terri Schiavo's rights. Accusing the Republicans of disingenuous political motivations and hypocracy for their "Midnight Coup"they called the action "Stalinlike". I tend to be a bit naive when it comes to scrutinizing "my party" but I vehemently believe conservatives are on the right side of this issue. I regard for the most part their motivations honorable and their desire to prevent a potential injustice pure.

Republican leaders, eyeing an opportunity to appease their radical right-wing constituents, convened Congress over the weekend to shamelessly interject the federal government into the wrenching Schiavo family dispute. [snip]

Conservatives are the historical defenders of states' rights, and the supposed proponents of keeping big government out of people's lives, but this case once again shows that some social conservatives are happy to see the federal government acquire Stalinist proportions when imposing their morality on the rest of the country. So breathtaking was this attempted usurpation of power, wresting jurisdiction over a right-to-die case away from Florida's judiciary, that Republican leaders in the end had to agree to limit this legislation's applicability to the Schiavo case.

Ambivelant at the beginning, the more informed I have become on this case the stronger my beliefs that Republicans are doing exactly what is required. Many questions from how the case was handled by Greer to the motivations of Michael Schiavo need to be looked into. A federal court is the ideal forum for such an inquiry. For the left, staunch opposition to this action carries with it potentially dangerous consequences. If it is uncovered by the Federal Court that Michael Schiavo had nefarious motives or that her condition was erroniously diagnosed, the left would come off looking very bad. Republicans would be the men who nobly saved a women from wrongful execution, the Democrats, however, would invariably be viewed as co-conspirators with Michael Schiavo and George "Flaky" Felos. Their public image could be devastated. They better pray that all is as it has been portrayed by the MSM, if not they are in for a public relations nightmare.

As for my party, I am just plain proud of them. There are certain things in life that are so egregious, so warped and inequitable that they need to be addressed and remedied by any and all means, lest a truly monumental injustice be done. This I believe is one of those times. The system usually works, but once in awhile something foul and twisted occurs that calls for men of principal and conscience to rise and say NO this is wrong, this must be corrected, to he11 with the consequence, we must act. And so it is with this and in my mind, rightly so.

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