Thursday, March 31, 2005

"Culture of Life" My... uh, Eye

Commenting earlier today on the death of Terri Schiavo, President Bush said:
"The essence of civilization is that the strong have a duty to protect the weak. In cases where there are serious doubts and questions, the presumption should be in the favor of life".
This is absolutely unbelievable. Does the man really believe we are that stupid? His economic policies are designed around the idea that the weak are best helped by empowering the strong, but I guess one could try to argue that this really is the best way to help the poor. It's nonsense, but one could make the argument. But a "presumption in favor of life" when there are "doubts and questions"?

When our President was governor of Texas he was profoundly uninterested in the very real "doubts and questions" about many of the people his state executed. He even actively opposed an attempt to make Texas' clemency and review process more transparent and effective.

Mr. President, there was really no doubt that the upper part of Terri Schiavo's brain is gone, while there were profound doubts about the guilt of some of the men whose execution you authorized. Mr. President, does your cynicism know no bounds?

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