Thursday, March 24, 2005

Republicans vs. the Constitution: The lightbulb goes on over Modo's head 

You'd think with a column called "Liberties" she'd have picked up on this before, but we'll take what we can get!

Re: The Schiavo case:

My God, we really are in a theocracy.

Are the Republicans so obsessed with maintaining control over all branches of government, and are the Democrats so emasculated about not having any power, that they are willing to turn the nation into a wholly owned subsidiary of the church?
(via NY Times)

Um, is that a rhetorical question? (But see below)

As the Bush White House desperately maneuvers in Iraq to prevent the new government from being run according to the dictates of religious fundamentalists, it desperately maneuvers here to pander to religious fundamentalists who want to dictate how the government should be run.

Yes, Maureen, fundamentalists everywhere are the enemy. FTF.

Maybe President Bush should spend less time preaching about spreading democracy around the world and more time worrying about our deteriorating democracy.

Yep. (Actually, I'd rather Bush left our democracy alone. Not only have the Republicans done enough damage by stealing election 2000, whenever Bush actually does anything, it turns into either a giveaway to the corporations and the uber-rich, a clusterfuck, or both.)

And she finishes with a nice shot at Delay:

Mr. DeLay made his personal stake clear at a conference last Friday organized by the Family Research Council, a conservative Christian group. He said that God had brought Terri Schiavo's struggle to the forefront "to help elevate the visibility of what is going on in America." He defined that as "attacks against the conservative movement, against me and against many others."

So it's not about her crisis at all. It's about his crisis.

Shows you how much I know—I would have thought "theocracy" has too many syllables to catch on as a meme. But it seems to be spreading. More like this, please!

NOTE I'm coming round to the view that Reid did the right thing by giving the Republicans exactly what they wanted on the Schiavo case. Now we're seeing, up close and personal, what these people are like, and the lengths they will go to, to keep and maintain power. Reid allowed this object lesson to take place, and it seems to be working out for the best.

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