Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Hey, Bushies! If You're Not Embarrassed, You Should Be

Hubris is a magnificent leveler. Look for instance, at the plight of those unfortunate Republicans and, yes, some Dems, too, who bowed to hysteria among Christian fundamentalists over Terri Schiavo's case by passing the "Act for the relief of the parents of Theresa Marie Schiavo." The histrionics surrounding passage of this Act even included "W's" trotting out sage bits of advice like, "it is always better to err on the side of life." Wow. This from a man and a Congress responsible for the deaths of thousands of American soldiers and Iraqi citizens killed in a war that still cannot be justified as anything more than an oil resource grab. And do I even need to get started on the death penalty? Human rights violations at Abu Ghraib? Guantanamo Bay? The foray by the President and the Congress into the practice of medicine, and their intrusion into the private lives of the Schiavo's, appears now to be backfiring. It seems that members of the judicial branch - no matter who appointed them - don't like to have a group of Congressional nincompoops telling them how to interpret the law. Nor do they seem to appreciate being second-guessed. It's enough to stir my patriotic heart. Now, how about erring on the side of life by bringing our soldiers safely home from Iraq? I guess that will have to wait until the important issue of steroid use in baseball is resolved by our lawmakers.


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