Friday, March 25, 2005

The Worst Is Yet To Come

John Gibson fancies himself a Jacobin:
I think Jeb Bush should give serious thought to storming the Bastille.
I have another label for him. For example, see here:
I know lawyers and judges don't think that way, but real people do.

Oh John, you're not saying judges aren't real people, are you?

Well, judging by what happened here, I'd say yes, that's exactly what I'm saying.

So Jeb, call out the troops, storm the Bastille and tell 'em I sent you.
Would it be murder to kill a judge or a lawyer, in light of Gibson's discovery that they are not real people? And remind me which side is guilty of Nazi-like dehumanization.

Okay, so now we have Gibson, Bill Bennett, and Brian T. Kennedy all endorsing a putsch; and why not presume that there are more than a few other persons who agree with that policy. How many individual fascists does it take to constitute a fascist movement?

Small addendum: One of the means by which the cult of the Virgin Terri villainizes her husband is continuous teeth-sucking reference to the fact that he has a new family. Gibson, for example
notes with interest that Michael Schiavo has a new love interest and has been engaged in living long enough that he has two children by her.
And who among us would not note that with interest. In a completely original and different editorial, Gibson distills this notation into something like a principle:
Michael Schiavo has, in the view of many, a compromised standing as Terri's decision maker and as a witness to her statements. Not compromised because of money, or trying to hide something somebody thinks he might have done to her, but simply because he has another "wife" and has moved on.

The courts recognize him as the husband, but many people in the public do not and are suspicious of his decisions for Terri, while conversely they see no questionable interest on the part of the parents and trust their judgment.
Sorry, actually there are two principles. One is that universal public affirmation is a condition of the proper application of law.

The other is that a man whose wife ceased to be 15 years ago has no right to fall in love again. That's the culture of life, remember.

Take it away, John Gibson:
That's why the public is sticking its nose into this private family matter, through its elected politicians. The public smells something wrong, doesn't like it, and wants its politicians to do something.
And surely, that nose-sticking segment of the public (a small minority, but let's not let reality get in the way of reactionary populist incitement) has a Constitutional right to exert its will in this private family matter. I mean, that is a Constitutional right. Or some other kind of right, I forget which. (Original link via God.)


At 7:02 PM, Blogger Evan said...

Oh, they're way beyond mere sliming. I heard some corn-pone Congressman on NPR last week seriously advocating that a DA investigate whether there are grounds to charge Schiavo with bigamy. Bigamy.


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