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Tuesday, March 22, 2005

 

schiavo and congress


the spinning obsession of the moment in american society is the awful lingering death of terri schiavo. the details of the case can be had anywhere on the web, but yesterday i see that the federal government involved itself -- again, using majoritarianism as justification to usurp the authority of the courts as legal and moral arbiters -- to pass what amounts to an unconstitutional bill of attainder.

as a rational observer, i think one can no longer say, in light of this illegal act and so many before it, that the american government is constitutional. it operates now in naked and belligerent contempt of even basic constitutional concepts like bill of attainder and habeas corpus. american government operates now on political expediency alone. and in a decaying democracy, what is expedient is what is majoritarian -- whatever gets you the votes of the mob at election time is what will be done (or said to be done), regardless of how stupid or harmful, regardless of whose lawful rights are voided.

the tyranny of dying democracy is working against us. the schiavo family is its current victim.


If the government can interfere on a matter as personal as this there is no limit to what they can do. Ask yourself what freedoms they will take next...

 
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