Monday, March 21, 2005

The Personal is Political

Perhaps the Republican mantra of "smaller, less-invasive government" has been repeated so often that this fiction has taken on the sheen of fact. Even the most cursory examination will show the opposite is true.

The way the government has been run during the Bush years, the only thing likely to get any smaller is your paycheck. At some point, taxes will need to be raised to pay for the Bush tax cuts, runaway federal spending and the creation of the Department of Homeland Security and related bureaucracies.

Ever since the PATRIOT Act, Bush's commitment to less-invasive government has been laughable. The GOP has also lined up behind a Constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, which should clue you in to how seriously they take your right to personal freedom.

The Federal government's intervention in the case of Terri Schiavo marks a new low for the right to privacy—and a new high in the current administration's attack on traditional conservatism.

The evangelicals in Congress, never ones to keep the Sabbath when there's publicity afoot, held an emergency session on Sunday to prolong the life of a marketing tool—excuse me, of a Florida woman—being kept alive with a feeding tube.

In doing so, Congress and the President have usurped not only the jurisdiction of the state courts; they have undermined our ability to live and die with dignity, in the company of those who love us.

It has occurred to me that I may not be giving the theocons enough credit here. Stripping away the rights of Schiavo's husband and setting the precedent of Federal interference in personal affairs effectively weakens the ability of spouses to exercise control over the lives of their incapacitated partners: just the kind of rights currently denied to homosexuals.

Ha! Now those pesky gays won't be so keen on getting married, will they? Maybe sometimes you have to destroy marriage just to save it.
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