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Saturday, March 26, 2005

"For They Have Sown Seed In The Wind ..."

Hunter over at The Daily Kos has a must read article about the MSM's poor handling of the Schaivo debacle:

If you have been paying attention to cable coverage of the Schiavo case, you will see two major themes repeated over and over. First, the repeated bookings of and citings of "witnesses" and "experts" that have previously been debunked, claiming that among other things Ms. Schiavo is "alert and oriented". A neurologist who touts himself as a nominee for "The Nobel Peace Prize in Medicine", an utterly false claim regarding an award that does not exist, has been given apparent run of the airwaves in order to repeatedly assert that Ms. Schiavo is "not that bad", and would be able to "communicate verbally" and "use her arms and legs" under his treatment plan -- a miraculous treatment plan for which, according to Judge Greer, he has been able to offer "no names, no case studies, no videos and no test results". We have even, as many have pointed out, been treated to "psychic" John Edward asserting he was in contact with Terri Schiavo.

Against this background of exploitation and misinformation, the usual bevy of archconservative media pundits has in the last several days begun to increasingly endorse a premise that is, to any rational mind, remarkable: the notion that because the courts have ruled in this particular fashion, it is now time for individuals and government figures to disregard the courts, and take matters into their own hands.

We now have a situation in which two dangerous elements are coming together in a manner that is ratings gold for exploitative "news" outlets. Yellow journalism, finally returned in all glory.

You might be wondering how in the world could this be transpiring? How could American people become so emotional involved in an event to the point where they've crucified their brains in exchange for the raging fire in their fundamentalist bellies? I believe our good friend Juan Cole - professor of history at the University of Michigan - has the goods:

The cynical use by the US Republican Party of the Terri Schiavo case repeats, whether deliberately or accidentally, the tactics of Muslim fundamentalists and theocrats in places like Egypt and Pakistan. These tactics involve a disturbing tendency to make private, intimate decisions matters of public interest and then to bring the courts and the legislature to bear on them. President George W. Bush and Republican congressional leaders like Tom Delay have taken us one step closer to theocracy on the Muslim Brotherhood model.

The Muslim fundamentalists use a provision of Islamic law called "bringing to account" (hisba) ... In this practice, any individual can use the courts to intervene in the private lives of others ... {and} one of the most objectionable features of this fundamentalist tactic is that persons without standing can interfere in private affairs. Perfect strangers can file a case about your marriage, because they represent themselves as defending a public interest (i.e. the upholding of religion and morality).

Translation: the Christian Taliban is upon us.

On other liberal blogs, I've read opinions from people whom beleive that the reason why the Democrats weren't nowhere to be found last weekend and have been laying low ever since the signing of the Schaivo Bill is because they knew the Bushies were treading on potentially troubled waters by using Schaivo as politcal hay for their fundamentalistic Christian base and thus wanted to distance themselves from the backlash when the inevitable shit hit the fan. In other words, it's the old "Never Interupt Your Enemies Whilst They Make A Mistake" approach.

Personally, this would take alot of spinal collumn and honest discernment on their part which clearly the Democratic party doesn't have. In fact, I'll go so far as to say that in general Terry Schaivo herself has more evidence of a spine than much of the Democratic party and only a small, select few over there in Jackass Land has been vocal with their protests from the very beginning such as Pelosi, Frank, and Reid. For the most part, the Democrats have been playing ostrich, burying their head in the sand hoping that they don't get caught in the crossfire. And as the legislative options of both George W. and his brother Jeb run out and the pressure from the Shindlers and their Christian Fundamentalist supports, they too have found themselves on the run hoping they can join the Democrats' ostrich game mid-period. It's too late for that now as a quick perusal of FreeRepublic leaves one to belive that even those rats are contemplating jumping ship.

Those Republican fucktards should read their Bible instead of give it lipservice.

"For they've sown seed in the wind, and shall reap a whirlwind."

When Schaivo dies (and she will), the Bush Brothers, Frist, DeLay, and the GOP will reap what they've sown.


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