Friday, March 18, 2005

Republicans Leadership and Terry Schiavo

A judge has ordered that Terry Schiavo's feeding tube can be removed, and last minute efforts by Congressional Republicans have, thus far, failed to save Terry's life. It appears that the clock has finally run out on Schiavo, although it's not over until it's... over.

MyWayNews Article
MyWayNews Article II

According to Peggy Noonan (Noonan Editiorial), the Republicans could see some backlash on this one. After all, the Republicans are in charge of the White House, and have majorities in both the House and Senate. If with all this power they still can't manage to save Schiavo's life, it speaks volume of Republican leadership.

This is a big issue to a large segment of the Republican base. For on social issues, the religious right has let it be known that they are staunchly pro-life. Terry deserves to live. Agree or not, one has to pay attention. Pro-lifers are passionate about their cause, and expect their leaders to hold the same passion.

Will this be the final straw for Republicans? That is, will pro-lifers leave a party that is, quite frankly, not as commited to life issues as they are? Only time will tell, although the religious right has been extremely loyal, and a mass exodus would be a surprise, if completely warranted.

The Republican party has sold principles for power. When the base finally understands this, they will leave.

And the Republicans will have only themselves to blame.


Loyal Achates said...

I'm sorry, did no one let you in on the scam? Republican candidates preach pro-life messages while campaigning, then pass nothing but petty measures while in office, spending most of their time fattening the wallets of the rich at the expense of everyone else.

At this point, I think the GOP would have to tie their constituents' mothers to railroad tracks to alienate them even a little bit.

A Wiser Man Than I said...

You really don't think that at some point, the religious right will say, "enough is enough"? Maybe it won't be for awhile, but the wool has been over their eyes for awhile. If they'd only open them, they'd realize it.