Culture of life

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Brilliant sloganeering in the service of a naked power grab

You have to admire the marketing savy of the Bushies and the right-wing conservative religious fundamentalists. They are masters of coming up with slogans that sound innocuous but have special meaning to their supporters and that can be used to cudgel their foes. The slogans help them appear to hold the moral high ground while in pursuit of crass, self-serving ends.

At the height of the Teri Schiavo fiasco, conservative politicians were taking to the microphone at every opportunity to babble on about a "culture of life." Even W interrupted one of his sacrosanct vacations at his ranch to fly back to "err on the side of life" by signing a bill sending her case (well, her parents' case, really) into the federal courts.

But this isn't at all about "life." Who, except for a nihilist, is not in favor of life? No, this is about Life with an upper-case L. Life as in taking "innocent lives" of fetuses by abortion.

If it were about life, these same people would be against the death penalty. They would be demanding that solving the problems of hunger, poverty, and lack of access to medical care be given greater priority. They would insist that condoms be freely available to everyone everywhere to help stem the spread of HIV-AIDS. They would, in other words, be far more concerned about social justice.


What's going on here is just another attempt by the right-wing to impose their view of "moral values" and fundamentalist religion on the rest of us. And for the Republican party, it is just another attempt to use the leverage of the right-wing religious fundamentalists to cement themselves in absolute power permanently.


It isn't enough, apparently, to control the legislative and executive branches of government. Now they are taking aim at the judicial branch. The latest tactic is to say that those who oppose packing the judiciary with compliant conservatives are somehow against "people of faith." The Family Research Council is sponsoring something called "Justice Sunday" on April 24, "a nationwide, live simulcast to engage values voters in the all-important issue of reining in our out-of-control courts." Shamefully, Bill Frist, Senate Majority Leader, will take part in the broadcast.

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There's an old saying, "Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely." It's obvious that the Republicans and their right-wing fundamentalist backers will settle for nothing less than absolute power. We are dangerously close to becoming a theocracy.

Be afraid. Be very afraid.