Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Terri Schiavo and the Democratic Party

I would like to extend my condolences to the families which were hit by the earthquake in Asia. Thank God it did not cause a tidal wave, but there are many victims nonetheless. I will keep you in my prayers.

I would like to talk a bit about the Terri Schiavo case.

Republicans have been forced to show their cards, because of this heartbreaking situation with Terri Schiavo. It forced the Republicans to show Americans they were pandering to religious fanatics and are capable of disregarding the courts if it suits them.

It also showed the Republican leadership are hypocrites. Tom Delay, the leader of the Republicans in the House of Representatives himself had to deal with an end of life situation in his own family. His father was involved in an accident, which left him in a vegetative state. Representative Tom Delay and his family decided to pull the plug. Their father died as a result of this action.

When president George Bush was governor of Texas he signed a bill allowing hospitals to pull the plug on patients, who were in a vegetative state and whose insurance or family were not able to pay the bills. In other words George Bush allowed the hospitals to end the life of a patient without the consent of the family for the sake of money.

Americans see what is happening. For the first time they see that the Republican party is not just the party of “patriots or pro-war hawks”, but also the party of “religious zealots”. The first group represents a majority of Americans. The second group only represents a small amount of Americans.

By and large Americans are religious, but do not want others to force their believes on them. That is what is happening here.

Basically the Terri Schiavo case is a family dispute. Terri according to her husband didn’t want to live in a vegetative state. Republicans are now saying “No, the parents have a say too”, which is strange, because it directly contradicts the sanctity of marriage.

What is a marriage? It means a man and a woman become one. Do the Republicans now wants to change the definition of marriage into a man and a woman and the relatives? How about a man and a man or a woman and a woman?

The Republicans have weakened the sanctity of marriage and gay couples will reap the benefit of this.

Coming back to the fact that Republicans have shown their true face. There is a difference between “patriots” and “religious fundamentalists”. The first want technology and science to prosper and will support teaching evolution in schools as this will create the mindset needed to educate the next generation of top notch scientists, which this country needs to stay on top.

Religious fundamentalists on the other hand will want evolution to be taught as a theory next to creationism.

What I’m trying to say is simple. Terri Schiavo, God bless her, opened a rift in the Republican party, which George Bush was able to glue together before.

In our party we have a rift too. The one between anti-war Democrats and the much larger group of pro-war Democrats.

The “patriots” in the Republican party voted for me when I ran for office. Religious fundamentalists never voted for me. I was elected president twice. What I’m trying to say is simple.

The Republicans are weaker than they seemed only two weeks ago. The reason for their weakness is the divide between “patriots” and “religious fundamentalists” in their party.

I read polls recently, which said 75 percent of Americans disagree with the Republicans and their actions in the Terri Schiavo case.

Looking at it with a cold political eye I say, if we Democrats push the anti-war section in our party to the side, not out of the party, I think we could accommodate the “patriots”, which are now voting Republican. If we do so, we will win elections again.

If we don’t do so, our anti-war stance will cancel out the “patriots” discomfort with the pandering to religious fundamentalists by the Republican party. In other words, we gain nothing and we will keep losing elections.