Terri Schiavo Case Has Polarized Us All

Terri Schiavo’s case has put the principles of American government through its paces!

Congress had intervened earlier when it appeared that efforts by Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and others in the state to keep Schiavo alive were failing. The executive branch of government got involved, as well. President Bush rushed back from his Texas vacation to sign the bill that sent Schiavo’s case to the federal courts; an extraordinary action over one citizen’s fate.

Think about it for a minute. What else has the Government really accomplished of late? Then for the fate of ONE citizen they drop everything and pass legislation in a matter of days. Why can’t they do this with other issues? You know the ones they are actually suppossed to be passing? We voted the Republican Party into power to get things done! So get it done! Fight back against the Democrats any way you can! If you don’t the pendulum of power will swing to the other side.

The battle, like many public policy disputes, has been tangled in politics, emotions, religion and finger-pointing. But it has also been a display of of democracy at work.

Not a pretty sight, says Jonathan Turley, a law professor at George Washington University.

“It is in fact an object lesson on democracy; it just doesn’t happen to be a good lesson,” he said.

Congressional intervention, he said, flies in the face of the Founding Fathers’ intention to give most rights and powers to the states. “I believe that the framers would be horrified,” Turley said.

Even so, he allowed, “it is impressive to see judges holding such a uniform line against tremendous pressure from Congress.” Steven Gey, a professor of constitutional law at Florida State University, said it was as if “the Founding Fathers anticipated precisely this kind of situation.” “What you see is the legislature – both federal and state level – rushing into a situation where they don’t have adequate grasp of the facts or the law and then you see the courts doing things correctly, very deliberately going through the facts.”

For all of the criticism of Congress’ role, though, Tom Patterson, a professor of government at Harvard University, said Americans could well look at the case and reach the opposite conclusion about whether the system functioned properly in Schiavo’s case. “It’s a very painful decision that families make around the country daily,” Patterson said. “And in this case, it became political and therefore just out of that personal realm of family members and health providers trying to do the sensible thing.” He said the dispute was “part of the larger culture wars” and represented a joining of political opportunity and beliefs. The case has also exposed the limits of what politicians can do. The law passed by Congress did not change the outcome. Bush’s support for it did not make a difference. And in Florida, his brother Jeb Bush, the governor, was thwarted by a court when he tried to bring Schiavo under state protective custody. In a line that could be inserted straight in a civics textbook, the governor said: “I cannot go beyond what my powers are and I’m not going to do it.”

I have stated previously how much this case has affected me personally. I think this particular case has affected many people in this country in a very big way. I don’t know what the fallout is going to be when this is all over; but I know there will be fallout. My only hope is that it does not help the Democrat party in any way, shape or form. They cowardly hid under their desks watching this whole mess unfold. No matter what side of this debate you are on, they deserve nothing but our scorn.

Two Years in Iraq

I encourage you to read the whole article from Demomocracy in Iraq. Here are some excerpts:

Two years is about 730 days. In those days what have I seen. My eyes have seen more than I had ever hoped, more blood, more death and more pain, then I ever imagined or hoped I would have seen.In those days I have seen the worst of humanity, the animal that lives in all humanity, the ability of humanity to destroy at will others, and rob the life given to others by God almight himself. So you ask me, Husayn, was it worth it. What have you gotten? What has Iraq acheived? These are questions I get a lot.

Ask him if it was worth it. Ask him what is different. Ask him if he would go through it again, go ahead ask him, ask me, many of you have.Now I answer you, I answer you on behalf of myself, and my countrymen. I dont care what your news tells you, what your television and newspapers say, this is how we feel. Despite all that has happened. Despite all the hurt, the pain, blood, sweat and tears. These two years have given us hope we never had.Before March 20, 2003, we were in a dungeon. We did not see the light. Saddam Hussain was crushing Iraq’s spirit slowly, we longed for his end, but knew we could not challenge him, or his diabolical seed who would no doubt follow him and continue his generation of hell on Earth.

Since then, we now have hope. Hope is not a tangible thing, but it is something, it is more than being blinded by darkness, by being stuck in a mental pit without any future.

Kyrgyzstan Update

A leader of the rebellion, Kurmanbek Bakiyev, told a crowd in Bishkek that the outgoing Parliament – whose tenure was extended – had named him acting prime minister and president. “Freedom has finally come to us,” he said, according to The Associated Press.

The 55-year-old Mr. Bakiyev was asked by the parliament to form an interim emergency government focused on restoring stability and organizing presidential elections to be held several months from now.

George Soros Convicted

Soros has been convicted of insider trading in France. He is appealing the verdict. He was fined just 3 million dollars. This is just what he made from the deal in 1988. So he had those 3 million dollars for 17 years interest free. He received no punitive penalty. France and Soros, I donââât know who I dislike more.

In a related article in Newsmax magazine, is investigating George Soros on violations of the Federal Election Campaign Act. In October Soros undertook a media and speaking tour to swing states during which he called for Kerryâââs election and the defeat of President Bush. His appearances coincided with two page newspaper ads and mass mailings to voters with the same theme. Soros apparently failed to report significant expenditures related to these efforts; as required by law.

Schiavo Debate Scary

I was watching your world with Neil Cavuto Friday, and he had people on representing two sides of the Schiavo case. The one representing those who believe all life is precious scared me. The question was framed that the courts decided it was her wish to not live in her current state. The gentlemen representing the right to life side actually said there are those who believe life is a gift from God; and no one has the right to decide to give up that gift. Well, my life is a gift from God to ME. God also gave me the gift of free will, to do with that gift whatever I wish. If god will not tell me I have to do what he wants, what right do other humans have to tell me what to do with it?

This is exactly what so many people are afraid of happened in this case

Rumsfeld On Venezuela

On Wednesday afternoon, Rumsfeld flew to Manaus, capital of the northwestern Brazilian state of Amazonas, where he visited the headquarters of the Amazon Surveillance System (SIVAM), a network of airborne and ground-based radars and computers that he described as “impressive.”

But the defense secretary also took advantage of the press conference he gave in Brasilia to express his concern over Venezuela’s plans to purchase 100,000 AK-47 automatic rifles from Russia, claiming that he “can’t imagine why Venezuela needs 100,000 AK-47s,” while expressing doubt over whether this would be “good for the hemisphere.”

The government of leftist Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez announced the purchase of the rifles as part of an overall program for updating the country’s military equipment, which also includes the acquisition of 41 attack and transport helicopters and several dozen MIG fighter planes from Russia as well.

Brazil could also become a supplier of military aircraft for the Venezuelan armed forces. Chávez and Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva have discussed the purchase of two types of Brazilian-made planes: AMX fighter bombers, based on Italian technology, and 24 Super Tucanos for airspace control and ground surveillance.

As such, Rumsfeld’s comments could be interpreted as a warning that the United States would not look kindly on any sales of weapons to Venezuela, although Washington is interested in the “moderating” role Brazil plays through its ties with Chávez and other South American governments viewed as leftist, such as the administrations in Argentina and Uruguay.

U.N. Rape Charges

The Story that appears in the Guardian was a good read. Here are the highlights.

An internal report finds repeated sexual abuse by peacekeepers in several countries and recommends steps for punishment and prevention.

The reputation of United Nations peacekeeping missions suffered a humiliating blow Thursday as an internal report identified repeated patterns of sexual abuse and rape perpetrated by soldiers supposed to be restoring the international rule of law.

Allegations have recently surfaced that troops sent to police Liberia were regularly having sex with girls as young as age 12, sometimes in the mission’s administrative buildings. In the DRC, peacekeepers were said to have offered abandoned orphans small gifts — as little as two eggs from their rations, says the report — for sexual encounters.

Alarm about the involvement of U.N. peacekeepers in sex trafficking first arose during the 1990s when investigators found soldiers were customers in brothels run in Bosnia and Kosovo that relied on women sold into forced prostitution. One recent estimate suggested up to 2,000 women have been coerced into sex slavery in Kosovo.

The study notes, “there regrettably will always be those who violate codes of conduct and dishonor the many who have given their lives in the cause of peace. Sexual exploitation and abuse by military, civilian police and civilian peacekeeping personnel [are] not a new phenomenon.”

It is not a new phenomenon? This is news to me!

Sexual exploitation by peacekeepers may threaten the security of missions, the study suggests, exposing them “to blackmail and violent retaliation.” It also speeds the transmission of HIV/AIDS.

Gee, do you think so?

It goes on to talk about possible solutions; such as recreational facilities. Is that a euphemism for brothel? Because I think sex is their preferred recreation! Increase the amount of females in the missions; is another solution. Some how I donââât see this helping unless they are personal concubines!

For punishment they are usually sent back to their home countries. Where rarely are any of them prosecuted.

Soldiers found guilty should have their pay docked and be made financially accountable, the report says. It adds that there should be “DNA and other tests to establish paternity” and that fathers should be required to provide child support.

Gee is that all you can come up with as a punishment? The U.N. has become an ineffectual disgrace in my opinion.