3.25.2005

I Smell a Luntz

Grover Norquist, founder of Republicans for a Laissez Faire Economy, is (in)famous for holding weekly right-wing conspiracy messaging meetings in which Republican talking points are disseminated to attendees from the media, gov't and thinktanks. Now I'm sure this is just a coincidence, but both Joe Scarborough and Peggy Noonan have strikingly similar columns out this week. Both feign befuddlement at all of us death-lovers who are bent on cruelly starving an innocent woman to death—you know, the majority of Americans. Both use their allegedly heartfelt concern for Terri Schiavo to (guess what) attack Democrats. (Snarky comments in brackets are mine.)

Peggy:
If they care so much about her pain, why are they unconcerned at the suffering caused her by the denial of food and water? And why do those who argue for Mrs. Schiavo's death employ language and imagery that is so violent and aggressive? The chairman of the Democratic National Committee calls Republicans "brain dead." Michael Schiavo, the husband, calls House Majority Leader Tom DeLay "a slithering snake." [But he is a snake. You can even see his rattler.]...

Why are they so committed to this woman's death?

They seem to have fallen half in love with death....

I do not understand their certainty. I don't "know" that any degree of progress or healing is possible for Terri Schiavo; I only hope they are. We can't know, but we can "err on the side of life." How do the pro-death forces "know" there is no possibility of progress, healing, miracles? They seem to think they know. They seem to love the phrases they bandy about: "vegetative state," "brain dead," "liquefied cortex." [Those pesky "scientific" terms used by "neurologists" and other "scientists"]...

...The PETA people, who say they are committed to ending cruelty to animals, seem disinterested in the fact of late-term abortion, which is a cruel procedure performed on a human.

I do not understand why the don't-drill-in-Alaska-and-destroy-its-prime-beauty people do not join forces with the don't-end-a-life-that-holds-within-it-beauty people.

I do not understand why those who want a freeze on all death penalty cases in order to review each of them in light of DNA testing--an act of justice and compassion toward those who have been found guilty of crimes in a court of law--are uninterested in giving every last chance and every last test to a woman whom no one has ever accused of anything.

Terri Schiavo may well die. No good will come of it. Those who are half in love with death will only become more red-fanged and ravenous....

...Our children have been reared in the age of abortion, and are coming of age in a time when seemingly respectable people are enthusiastic for euthanasia. It cannot be good for our children, and the world they will make, that they are given this new lesson that human life is not precious, not touched by the divine, not of infinite value.

Once you "know" that--that human life is not so special after all--then everything is possible, and none of it is good. When a society comes to believe that human life is not inherently worth living, it is a slippery slope to the gas chamber. You wind up on a low road that twists past Columbine and leads toward Auschwitz. Today that road runs through Pinellas Park, Fla.
I guess it goes without saying, but Peggy doesn't "know" much of anything, especially how to "think." But that's what happens when you have a liquified cerebral cortex.

Joe:
Liberals are mad as hell and they're not going to take it anymore....

...Democrats and their allies have faithfully followed the party line and refused to answer questions about Terri Schiavo's sad physical state. And no one in the liberal spin cycle wants to discuss offering hope to this helpless woman. [Like what? cyanide? That would at least be humane.]

Instead, they lecture us on the intricacies of Texas law, or how this is all to save Tom Delay's hide, or what a hypocritical pig George W. Bush is—none of which has a thing to do with Terri Schiavo's imminent death.

For too many, the death of Terri Schiavo has become deeply personal. And for the life of me, I do not know why. [For once, I agree.]

I have always worked hard to understand the thought process of political opponents. And in most cases, I have grown to understand why reasonable people of good faith could disagree on issues as diverse as gun control, gay marriage, and abortion. On most issues, I have succeeded in walking in the shoes of those with whom I disagree.

But that's not the case with Terri Schiavo.

I can try to understand why many would side with the husband, but I will never comprehend why the same political activists that fight for the protection of the spotted oil and snail darter are so eager to see Terri Schiavo die.

Moveon.org, Air America, and a host of other left-of-center organizations have sprung to life to support the death of Terri....

Does the liberal wing of the Democratic Party really be known for supporting the killing of helpless women?

Of course not. But that is the corner in which they are painting themselves.

And that should trouble a Democratic Party whose two public relations moves over the past year have been opposing the spread of democracy in the Middle East and protecting the life of a helpless young woman.

Liberals can cite polls until they are blue in the face. They can talk about Texas laws and legislative hypocrisy. They can attack every last person who is trying to save this young woman from starvation.

But in the end, Americans shocked by this macabre chapter in American politics will see the Democrats as the party on the side of death and see George Bush as the defender of defenseless.

Maybe that's not fair. But it's a fact. [Yes, and those 4 Americans voted for Bush anyway.]

Why is it that the Democrats are so tone deaf on these visceral issues? [Gosh, Joe, I don't know. Why are you?]
Anybody see any other curiously similar editorials? Think maybe there's a memo involved? Maybe Joe, whose piece came out today, was just plagiarizing. (Peggy's blissful ignorance via Altercation.)

UPDATE: Write self-important shitsack Joe Scarborough at JScarborough@msnbc.com.

1 comment:

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