Thursday, August 25, 2005

Jim Jeffords? That is so last term.

While I enjoy both devouring the veal-like flesh of the unborn and critiquing the grammar of others, there are bigger fish to fry here. I can count, and am well aware that the Democrats are not in the majority. But for the record, "we" are only democrats with a lower-case "d". I speak for a movement, not a party, not that party anyway. That's really the rub here; and that's our long-term advantage.

The Democrats in Washington have earned your incessant lampooning. You couldn't fictionalize a more vicious intellectual widow maker. They more or less stand for the right things, but only in opposition to you guys. They most assuredly do not speak for the Bush-hating demographic in Philadelphia, New York, and Boston, just for starters. Basically, they suck, the writing's on the wall, and you can't regroup without cutting ties first anyway.

Mark my words, you guys will not sever well from your victory umbilical cord. See, your party's betrayed you too. Probably worse. You can't tell me part of you isn't seriously concerned about that guy, that our doubts aren't just a wee bit justified, no? And let me ask you this: what would've happened if Michael Moore had called for the assassination of Vicente Fox? What if it was 1999 and people in the Clinton Administration slapped him on the wrist with a wink and a nod? Just asking.

But seriously, the Republican Party is a trainwreck waiting to happen. You are trapped in the political parallel of irrational exuberance. The house I grew up in isn't worth $700,000, but it is; the Christian Right isn't right about everything, but it is. My point about the war versus stem cells wasn't about the nature of our particular parliamentary system, although I did appreciate your nod to the inherent messiness of this process. No, I'm talking about justification, not just winning.

It is, on it's face, absurd to declare war (war?!) a less pressing moral problem than stem-cell research. Y'all seemed to think that, if honest internal calculations rendered this war "just", you were entitled to surrender to your bloodlust and enjoy it like a football game. But even with honest internal calculations the only way to justify this war is if the potential long-term benefits outweigh the potential long term risks. Well, if there's a better candidate to pass precisely that moral standard than stem-cell research, I'd like to hear it. Everyone's "supposed" to find war lamentable, while at least 60% of this country thinks stem-cell research is probably a fundamentally good thing. Where do you get off even equalizing our respective outrages, let alone pretending your case has more gravity?


At Thu Aug 25, 09:24:00 PM GMT-5, Blogger Kaje said...

To answer your question - conservatives win on moral grounds because I have never heard of a fetus (of any ethnic background whatsoever) attacking & killing innocent civilians.

On the other hand, Al Queda and other middle eastern islamic extremists just may be slightly on the offensive side of a few somewhat morally questionable activities, don't ya think?

And just to point out a fact or two; The Republicans are against FETAL stem cell research, not all stem cell research. And there is much emerging evidence that adult stem cells may have more promise than fetal stem cells.

So my choice is between communists killing babies "for research", or capitalists killing murderous terrorists to defend the long-term stability of their country? Hmm, gimme a second, I need think this one through...

So I ask you, why are you so vociferously defending FETAL stem cell research?

At Thu Aug 25, 09:58:00 PM GMT-5, Blogger Gabe said...

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At Thu Aug 25, 10:02:00 PM GMT-5, Blogger Gabe said...

Do you really want to start playing "innocent life" poker here? And communists? Are you serious? Palmer Raids, be fair, I guess to we are due for a little ideological purging about now.

As for your question, essentially, I assume your side is full of shit. I'm not denying the existence of true-blue believers, but most of this is political opportunism. There is "emerging evidence" that evolution is a fraud, marijuana is a gateway drug, and that Iraq really did have weapons right up until the invasion. If it didn't come from Cato or Hoover, it's propaganda, not research.

Let's talk about partial birth abortion. Phony issue, never happens, but it's good to be against it. When Republicans come running in with new evidence that somebody named "Scaife" didn't pay for, maybe I'll buy it. So really, I don't believe adult stem cells do work as well, just because somebody told Sean Hannity they do.

What if it did? Well, the fact of the matter is 99.9964% of frozen embryos will never become children, even if they theortically could. I, personally, think throwing them out is a greater insult to humanity.

Not that I'm not creeped out by this wing of science. Believe me, I am, all of it. From GM on down. But you manage progress, you don't run from it.

In another world we could be allies; but I don't think ANYONE would care about this if it wasn't a proxy for the abortion war, and I'm pro-choice, or, more accurately, pro-get-the-hell-out-of-peoples'-private decisions.

At Thu Aug 25, 10:04:00 PM GMT-5, Blogger Gabe said...

So making Al Qaida’s recruiting campaign more successful than our own army’s, speeding up the nuke chase in Iran and North Korea, and selling our future economic decision making power to the Bank of China were all part of a sober and practical long-term security strategy?

At Thu Aug 25, 10:20:00 PM GMT-5, Blogger 'Thought & Humor' said...

We work like a horse.
We eat like a pig.
We like to play chicken.
You can get someone's goat.
We can be as slippery as a snake.
We get dog tired.
We can be as quiet as a mouse.
We can be as quick as a cat.
Some of us are as strong as an ox.
People try to buffalo others.
Some are as ugly as a toad.
We can be as gentle as a lamb.
Sometimes we are as happy as a lark.
Some of us drink like a fish.
We can be as proud as a peacock.
A few of us are as hairy as a gorilla.
You can get a frog in your throat.
We can be a lone wolf.
But I'm having a whale of a time!

You have a riveting web log
and undoubtedly must have
atypical & quiescent potential
for your intended readership.
May I suggest that you do
everything in your power to
honor your encyclopedic/omniscient
Designer/Architect as well
as your revering audience.

Please remember to never
restrict anyone's opportunities
for ascertaining uninterrupted
existence for their quintessence.

There is a time for everything,
a season for every activity
under heaven. A time to be
born and a time to die. A
time to plant and a time to
harvest. A time to kill and
a time to heal. A time to
tear down and a time to
rebuild. A time to cry and
a time to laugh. A time to
grieve and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones
and a time to gather stones.
A time to embrace and a
time to turn away. A time to
search and a time to lose.
A time to keep and a time to
throw away. A time to tear
and a time to mend. A time
to be quiet and a time to
speak up. A time to love
and a time to hate. A time
for war and a time for peace.

Best wishes for continued ascendancy,

'Thought & Humor'

P.S. One thing of which I am sure is
that the common culture of my youth
is gone for good. It was hollowed out
by the rise of ethnic "identity politics,"
then splintered beyond hope of repair
by the emergence of the web-based
technologies that so maximized and
facilitated cultural choice as to make
the broad-based offerings of the old
mass media look bland and unchallenging
by comparison."


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