. . . over at Domestic Psychology.
One of the defining characteristics of conservatism, I thought, was a belief that one didn’t know all the answers.
That may be true of some economic conservatives. But sadly it’s not the case for the moral rightist conservatives, who believe they do have the answers for what ails America. And they’re not going to let pesky laws, courts, or constitutions get in their way.
Reynolds speculates this Schiavo matter may signal a rift in the Republican party. I’m less optimistic. Certainly the GOP powers that be will soon hoist a less divisive banner (the flag, pledge of allegiance, the Beatitudes, apple pie) under which the troops will regroup. As the Daily Show recently pointed out, there’s a principle for every occasion. And I’m sure someone will be pulling another out of the hat shortly.
Apparently the free speech zones at President Bush’s appearances don’t include vehicle bumpers.
What he said.
Interesting: “Terri Schindler Schiavo is Dying for Our Sins”
It’s one thing to see the “murder” placards; it’s another to see this “logic” fully articulated. I thought heart failure was the root of Terri’s condition, but apparently it’s the “tyrannical judges.”
Speaking of which, there’s an ongoing effort to impeach Sixth Judicial Circuit Court judge George W. Greer. What for? Apparently for following the law, when the law dictates a result certain conservatives don’t want.
Rule of law. Rule of law.
Because some lives are more important than others:
Though Congress rushed to intervene in the case of a brain-damaged Florida woman, those lobbying on life-and-death medical issues that affect thousands or even millions of people often find themselves struggling to get lawmakers’ attention.
It often comes down to the willingness of the government and lawmakers to spend money, say those who must make the pitch to Congress and federal agencies.
The National Aneurysm Alliance has been pressing Congress for months to approve federal funding to screen Medicare patients for deadly abdominal aortic aneurysms, but so far has come up empty on money for the roughly $80 to $100 tests. Contrasting that fight with congressional leaders’ weekend rush earlier this month to try to get Terri Schiavo’s feeding tube restored, the alliance’s leader can’t hide his frustration.
“Our best estimate is that about 15,000 Americans die each year from ruptured aneurysms, and I grew up in a town in central Connecticut where the entire population was about 30,000, so that’s about half my town keeling over,” said Dr. Robert Zwolak, chairman of the alliance and a surgery professor at Dartmouth Medical School.
“Those lives would all be saved if we could find them by screening,” Zwolak added. “Yes, the Schiavo case is tragic, but the reality is on average about 40 people a day are going to be dying of ruptured aneurysms.”
I offer the following plan to Dr. Zwolak or anyone else trying to get Congress’ attention:
(1) Find a poster child for your campaign. Preferably a white female child, but anyone with a sympathetic family will do.
(2) Develop a talking points narrative on how the system (nameless bureaucrats, judges, lawyers, and other such scum) have screwed the victim of step 1.
(3) Solicit the help of religious rightist spokespeople. Frame the issue in terms of life versus death. Anyone who opposes your position supports murder.
(4) Have the conflict picked up by the local paper, followed by local talk radio, blogs, AP, national talk radio, Fox News, et al.
(5) Establish a www.saveX.com website. Have supporters contact their representatives.
(6) Orchestrate demonstrations so the national news media has an ongoing event with video pictures to “cover.” Once the story gains national currency, you don’t need a lot of protesters to warrant news coverage. The networks will carry them even when the number of journalists exceeds the number of demonstrators. Just make sure you have plenty of provocative placards and someone to stir things up every few hours.
Following the above plan does not guarantee that Congress will cut short a recess, pass emergency legislation, or even listen to you. But it’s much more likely to be effective than in presenting reports on lives saved and boring stuff like that.