Wednesday, March 23, 2005

The Constitution stays . . . for now

Bloomberg.com: Top Worldwide:
"There's no denying the absolute tragedy that has befallen Mrs. Schiavo,'' they wrote. ``We all have our own family, our own loved ones, and our own children. However, we are called upon to make a collective, objective decision concerning a question of law. In the end, and no matter how much we wish Mrs. Schiavo had never suffered such a horrible accident, we are a nation of laws.''


But what troubles me is that the Constitution is not enough for the Religious Right. They have begun a process whereby any true reading of the Constitution is discounted as "activism" or "liberal bias." We've already seen this in the gay marriage issue- banning gay marriage is clearly unconstitutional but justices found to defend that stance are labeled as activists, going against a percieved moral majority. The Constitution is, of course, put into place to provide us with rules that transcend majority rule- it is the check and balance against mob rule. It is the genius of our forefathers, a document meant to both sustain us on a bedrock of rights and law and allow us to grow and change. The Constitution guarantees rights to the minority in a system where the majority makes the rules.

Hopefully it will stay that way. Hopefully the far Right won't be allowed to continue to trample on the Constitution to pursue their own agenda. And now that it looks like Bush has finally washed his hands of the issue of Terri Schiavo, perhaps there's reason to keep hoping. For now.


1 comment:

  1. Washing their hands of it.

    That's a nice way of putting the disgusting play of the Bushie's on this.

    Just like the gay marriage amendment; wave it around to inflame the religous right, to garner that support needed to continue the Bush dynasty, knowing DAMN well the actual matter at hand is just a tool to retain power.

    Vestal, you say you 'hope' that the far right won't be allowed to continue to trample..." to further their agenda.

    Hope alone will not cut it. These people are bulldogs and they are not going to EVER go away. Actively engaging in discussions with people about this administration is the only way I have found to counter their momentum.

    I've always said that one difference between libs and cons is that cons know how to acquire power, how to grab it. True libs, in my opinion, are not power hungry. Power is not what we seek. Cons know how to get power, but do not have a clue what to do with it once they have it. The grabbing of power seems to be the true goal of wingnuts. Look at how relaxed Bush has become since he scored a 'mandate.'

    Back to discussions: The Bush supporters I talk to seem to be changing their minds. Hey, some people are slow learners and I can deal with that cuz I am one myself.

    The fruition of the Iraq war is not yet complete, but enough has come to the surface for most Bush supporters to scratch their heads and look sideways at this admin. and what it's goals are.
    I do believe that the majority of Bush voters are not crazed neocons or wingnuts. My own polling in my very conservative home state of Virginia seems to confirm this. Of course, what people say to your face is not always what they really are thinking. If you really engage Bush supporters in a true discussion of the facts of this administration, one of two things happen. They either see things as they truly are, or put their hands over their ears and scream la la la la. Nobody wants their beliefs challenged, or even worse, have their beliefs completely debunked. Part of this neocon wave IMHO is this need to feel vindicated, to feel respected, to have this powerful voice that in their minds has not been there before.

    Going on a long rant here, so I'll spare you and cut it short. No sense repeating the obvious is there?

    Let me finish by saying there's always a reason to keep hoping, even if it is so incredibly difficult to find. Gotta keep looking and remember if we don't find it, someone else will and repackage it as something else.

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