March 22, 2005


The Schiavo revelation (James P. Pinkerton, March 22, 2005, Newsday)

[T]he Democrats continue to be guided by their secular left wing - and that's a barren path.

It's politically viable for "Deep Blue" Democrats, such as Barney Frank of Massachusetts, to vote their liberal conscience in opposition to Republican efforts to intervene and preserve the life of Schiavo. But for the Democratic Party to flourish in Red States, it simply can't oppose the wishes of energetic Protestant and Catholic constituencies. So it's bad news for the national party that a majority of those Democrats in the House early yesterday voted against the life-saving intervention, while Republicans voted 30-1 for that intervention.

Put bluntly, the Democrats are moving in a secular direction - nominating the likes of Al Gore and John Kerry for president - as the country becomes more religious. Indeed, on the Schiavo vote, the party followed the cue of Hollywood, which awarded the Academy Awards for best movie and best foreign-language movie to two pro-euthanasia films, "Million Dollar Baby" and "The Sea Inside."

So the one consolation here to the Democrats should be that they lost the vote on Capitol Hill: If Schiavo had died a difficult death as a result of last week's court-ordered starvation, the funeral would have been a defining and crystallizing event for tens of millions of God-fearers, including many ex-Democrats.

There were obviously many other things going on--not least the complete collapse of their economic theory--but it seems fair to trace the Left's decline to the point where they went from being the party of civil rights for blacks to being the party that supports the killing of various classes of people.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 22, 2005 8:00 AM

"... but it seems fair to trace the Left's decline to the point where they went from being the party of civil rights for blacks to being the party that supports the killing of various classes of people."

On the contrary, the Left has always been the party of death, as recognized long ago by C.S. Lewis, Ayn Rand and Eric Hoffer, among others. When the collective is the ultimate value and it is believed that man is infinitely moldable, those who refuse to bow to the enlightened leadership of the annointed elite are dangerous and must be silenced, imprisioned, or eliminated. It always seems to come down to the last choice.

Posted by: jd watson at March 22, 2005 1:34 PM


Our Left was quite harmless until the latter '60s. The Euro Left was a Party of Death all along.

Posted by: oj at March 22, 2005 2:21 PM

What Tom Delay and the republicans in congress are doing is a constitutional gang rape of Ms. Schiavo while she is unable to defend herself. They are sodomizing her with their claims of protection and mercy. Their dildo of abuse needs to end now but I don't think they'll be happy until Terri gives birth to Delay's one-party theocracy.

Posted by: otto at March 22, 2005 2:46 PM


Theocracies are usually not started by former exterminators.

Do you even know (or care) that the Democrats in the Senate gave unanimous consent to the bill that the President signed?

Posted by: jim hamlen at March 22, 2005 3:27 PM


That criticism would be a bit easier to take seriously if you weren't trying to make her the victim in a secularist snuff film.

Posted by: oj at March 22, 2005 4:06 PM

Otto: I'll do time in Purgatory for saying this, but . . . I hope someday you are just as helpless as Terri Schiavo, I hope you get just as much mercy as you're willing to show her, and I hope you suffer just as much as you insist she does.

That goes double for Michael Schiavo and his lawyer.

Posted by: Mike Morley at March 22, 2005 4:21 PM