The Jeffersonian: Politicks, Sports, and Culture

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Rocks, Paper, Scissors

Dan Froomkin's latest post today at White House Briefing has one of his readers asking the question:

"Now we learn that the Republicans have a trumping order of issues. The sanctity of marriage trumps the rights of gays and state's rights, but the 'culture of life' trumps the sanctity of marriage and state's rights...

Could you or some reporter you know please ask for a flow chart or block diagram for us to follow?"

And the LA Times' Ron Brownstein asks: "Does the 'culture of life' extend to the victims of gun violence?"

"That's the question critics are asking after President Bush's contrasting response to the two events dominating national attention this week.

Although Bush made a special trip back to Washington from vacation to sign legislation offering a new federal right of appeal to Terri Schiavo's parents, the President and his aides have said almost nothing about the mass shooting in Red Lake, MN-- the deadliest outbreak of school violence since the 1999 Columbine High School massacre in Littleton, CO..."

Please, Wayne LaPierre isn't going to allow Bush to get within 500 miles of what happened in Red Lake, MN. The Republican party's 'culture of life' starts at conception, ends at birth, and may or may not pick up again at the end of life- it all depends if people like James Dobson deems your end-of-life situation to be worthy enough.