Tristero on Schiavo--Limited engagement
Tristero has returned temporarily to address the dire political implications of last night's legislation:
Well, it happened.
On March 21, 2005 12:44 am, the extremists in charge of the US Government showed the world that when they don't like a law or a legally valid court decision - ANY law, ANY court decision, for ANY reason, no matter how carefully adjudicated - they are prepared to rip it up. There is a word for this.
The word is fascism.
Some people ask why Terri Schiavo matters in the grand scheme of things. Why should we care about the fate of one oblivious individual and her squabbling relatives?
Because behind the Republican veneer of crass political opportunism lurks a much more sinister agenda. The Republicans aren't just pandering to evangelicals this time. Their real objective is to crush the authority of the judicial branch.
I don't care what you think about feeding tubes or Michael Schiavo's private life. If you support the actions of the federal government in the Schiavo case, you are undermining a fundamental principle of our democracy: the separation of powers.