Thursday, March 31, 2005

Terri Schiavo...Rest in Peace

At approximately 9 AM Thursday morning Terri Schiavo died a "calm, peaceful and gentle death," according to George Felos, Michael Schiavo's attorney. When the proverbial dust finally settles, the Schiavo case will go down in the books as one of the most bitter, most polarizing political and religious battles this country has ever seen. For months now our great nation has been hijacked by the religious right. We've been lectured, lambasted and lied to by some of the most self-righteous, sanctimonious, self-serving hypocrites to ever walk the face of the earth. The conservative Christians, as they are called, have succeeded in co-opting the Republican Party. The GOP, which used to stand for tradiational conservative principles (states' rights, limited government, deregulation, big business, family, etc), has become the Jesus Party. As such, they've masterfully succeeded in convincing almost 50% of the population--many blue collar and middle class people who desperately need medicaid, social security and other social services and programs-- to instead focus soley on whether two Gay men get married or whether a woman gets an abortion or whether families take brain-dead loved ones off life support. Michael Schiavo had a bounty on his head by these freaks; doctors who perform abortions have been murdered; pharmacists are refusing to fill birth-control prescriptions. What kind of America is this? Has our great Democracy struggled through 230 years only to morph into a theocracy? What happened to separation of powers, and separation of church and state? This is a wake up call, America. This is your time to reflect and to regroup. And to decide whether or not you want four more years of these radical religious fundamentalists running our country. These Jesus freaks, under the guise of brotherly love and love of God, would just as soon shoot you between the eyes for disgreeing with their fanatical religious beliefs. Terri Schiavo may now be gone, but her legacy lives on. Let her life, like her death, be a constant reminder that America stands for freedom, and that that freedom is worth fighting for in every corner of this great nation and against anyone or any group who attempts to abrogate that freedom. Andy

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The problem is that the conservatives have figured out how to use Jesus as an issue that works for them. Carl Rove is a master. The liberal proposition is not to try to move closer to the conservative position, but rather to highlight the hypocracy of their position, and find the credible issues that work for the liberal cause, and to use the Rove skills to the liberal advantage.

I believe the Ostroy/Dean Report offers the possibility of moving in that direction.

Thanks to both of you.