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Are we underestimating the Bushes again ?
Tell me this doesn't look like a drama to extract more power for the Bushes ?

Alan Keyes: Why Jeb Bush has the power to act now

The root of the problem is..  the rise of judicial tyranny... (1)

Terri's parents

Attorneys for Bob and Mary Schindler decided not to file another motion with a federal appeals court, essentially ending their effort to persuade federal judges to intervene Many supporters of the Schindlers say Bush could simply ignore the courts and take emergency custody of Schiavo. (2)

Hannity Coulter et all...

Just once, we need an elected official to stand up to a clearly incorrect ruling by a court... (3)

The media

There is a difference between bad coverage and willfully irresponsible coverage, and another line between willfully irresponsible coverage and dangerously irresponsible coverage. In the last three days, those lines have been crossed. Repeatedly. And it has been absolutely, definitively intentional. (4)

Are we underestimating the Bushes again ?
On Blood Sport Hunter says :
Unless you are deeply stupid, you can see where this is leading. There have now been about a dozen individuals arrested for trying to enter the clinic to give Terri food or water, an action that (because she cannot swallow) in and of itself stands an excellent chance of killing her. Both Judge Greer and Michael Schiavo are under police protection; Florida lawmakers are finding their pictures on "Wanted" posters..

This is a decision on the part of producers to willfully bend the lines in a manner that promotes sensationalism and potential violence, by intentionally tossing known-false information into a wire-taut public conflict to enhance the "ratings value".

But what if violence against Michael isn't Jeb's ultimate goal ?
What if this neocon is right and this is a constitutional battle between the Executive and the Legislative being waged right before our eyes, in a very biased truth-avoiding media ?

Mod-Blog:Will Jeb Intervene in Schiavo Case?

Okay, it has finally come down to the Constitutional Battle that I have been saying was coming for some time. After months of fighting things in the courts.. and trying to get the legislature involved .., (Terri Schiavo's family) has finally realized that the Executive Branch.. is their only hope

 After the federal panel's decision Friday night, the Schindlers appealed to Florida Gov. Jeb Bush to intervene, calling what happened "judicial homicide." .. "He has to come up to the plate."

Of course, the only action left to Governor Bush would be to refuse to enforce the court's order, and to send in state police or the national guard to forcibly reinsert the feeding tube. This is one of the worst possible images in a democracy - a single man exerting his will over the courts - and would effectively end Bush's political career. [would it ? -- law] No national office would be possible after this, and it is certain that the courts would call for his arrest and the legislature would recieve pressure to impeach him
As predicted, this case is no longer about the life of one woman, or about the contrast between parental rights and marital rights, or even over existing Florida law. It is a power-struggle between the courts and the executive

Who do you think it's going to win ?
State rights and small governement GOPpies are protesting meekly and may throw a tantrum, but will come "back to the reservation" eventually. They are too giddy with power and too greedy for "tax reform" not to. Just like Pat Buchannan who spent 4 years screaming against Bush and campaigned for him at the last minute, most of them will throw away their libertarian principles at the altar of King George

And thus endeth the lesson in democracy, American-style

Most of the voters in my poll disagree, so maybe I should lay off the caffeine... What do you think ?

Originally posted to lawnorder on Sat Mar 26, 2005 at 05:07 PM PST.


Are we underestimating the Bushes again ? Is this Schiavo business on Easter weekend an emotional ploy to get more power for the Bush brothers ?

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  •  Nope (none)
    Jeb is not going to step in.  BTW, Fox is calling for an MRI.  Think we ought to send them the MRI I have seen here?  Fox doesn't know there has ever been one.
    •  I happened to see (none)
      a photo of one of the MRI's on CNN. There is'nt any activity there.

      (oh wait I was channelling Frist there for a second, long distance out of field diagnosis)

      "Religion's in the hands of some crazy ass people..." Jimmy Buffett

      by Show Me Dem on Sat Mar 26, 2005 at 05:16:59 PM PST

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    •  But your MRI isn't doctored (none)
      Therefore, Fox has no use for it. :)

      Republican prayer - Please, God. Let us keep Teri Schiavo's soul trapped in her decayed body for as long as possible. Amen.

      by cskendrick on Sat Mar 26, 2005 at 05:17:30 PM PST

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      •  Haha (none)
        I just sent an e-mail to Fox; couldn't help myself.

        "You are total idiots!  The woman has had MRI's. Her brain consists mostly of spinal fluid.  The doctors who appear on your show and say that she is not braindead have never examined her.  They rely on 5 year old tapes.  Let the poor woman go!  Fox is not a news station.  It is purely a propaganda machine.  I think that there will be blood shed as a result of your erroneous reporting.  That blood will be on your hands.  I've seen the crowd outside the hospice.  The only things missing are torches and pitchforks

  •  Ultimately (4.00)
    No one is going to risk their life or freedom to stop the Bushies from 'saving' Teri Schiavo.

    Are the Bushies willing to bank on their ability to control American public reaction if they perform a...what? Well-intentioned but illegal kidnapping?

    If so, does that mean that anti-abortion groups can perform well-meaning but illegal kidnappings of women, in order to force them to carry the babies to term ...or harvest the fetuses and leave the women to bleed to death on the side of the road?

    If so, does that mean that Christian 'childsavers' can kidnap the adopted (or otherwise) children of gay or lesbian parents?

    If so, can concerned states assume custody of children of registered Democrats..after all, it's for their own good (sic).

    Now that I think this through

    The question is not if the Bushies will start this ball rolling.

    The question is why wouldn't they?


    They know that people, even gun-hatin' pacifist libs, will become ferocious killers once children are dragged into the partisan fisticuffs.

    Oh, yeah. Momma Bear's a meany, when her cubs are provoked.


    Maybe they deeply discount the danger, and will act up anyway.

    Lord knows, they truly did not see this one coming last weekend, when they passed the Bill of Attainder.

    Republican prayer - Please, God. Let us keep Teri Schiavo's soul trapped in her decayed body for as long as possible. Amen.

    by cskendrick on Sat Mar 26, 2005 at 05:24:31 PM PST

    •  Excellent post! (none)
      I tend to be a little henny penny sometimes. Side effect from having lived under right wing dictators...

      I hope this is one of the instances I'm being overly dramatic and pessimistic!

      In the future people will wonder why most didn't challenge Bush's excesses
      The truth? Complacency was easier

      by lawnorder on Sat Mar 26, 2005 at 05:31:31 PM PST

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      •  Rest assured (none)
        They will make a play, the moment they detect that our resolve, our strength, or our guard is down.

        This is the New Cold War; to live in peace and in freedom, we must never take our eyes off the ball.

        Eternal vigilance, and all that. :)

        Republican prayer - Please, God. Let us keep Teri Schiavo's soul trapped in her decayed body for as long as possible. Amen.

        by cskendrick on Sat Mar 26, 2005 at 05:34:33 PM PST

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  •  my first thought (4.00)
    when I heard him talk about his lack of "power", was that it was a prelude to ask for more.

    I think there was a residual thought in my mind that Jeb was a bit "better" than his brother.

    The bush family is fucking insane, they are exactly what the schindlers are right now--people who went crazy once proved their judgement was poor.

    "....a relative newbie (user ID in the 18,000 range).. "

    by Miss Devore on Sat Mar 26, 2005 at 05:33:14 PM PST

    •  My fear is that GW doesn't know how (none)
      to back down...

      I picture him right now screaming his lungs off in a white padded locked room, while Rove and Luntz puzzle on how to turn this fiasco into a "win"

      In the future people will wonder why most didn't challenge Bush's excesses
      The truth? Complacency was easier

      by lawnorder on Sat Mar 26, 2005 at 05:36:09 PM PST

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  •  I'm holding my breath... (none)
    I'm holding my breath and trying to believe that this phase (the dying) is almost over and that they are thinking about what they can do to repair the damage and make the next phase (the funeral and post funeral coverage) more to their liking.  

    Still, I turn on the computer and TV every so often, afraid they will do something more.  

    Hopefully the polls have made Rove take a step back and try to figure out a different strategy.  That there will be another stragegy I do not doubt.  But I can't believe that Rove is stupid enough to try and intervene at this point.  For one thing, she is likely to die on the way to the hospital.  Or be too far gone to really revive.

    Lord help us.

  •  Assault on Judiciary (4.00)

    I believe that this was intended by Rove to be another front in his assault on the Judiciary. I believe that, had the polls not soured when they did, there would have been legislation on the table to transfer power to save Terri to one of the Bushes... Through giving them the ability to overrule court decisions. Fortunately for us, the polling showed Rove that if he did this, he'd kill the Republican party.

    It's like the media listened to Weird Al's "Dare to be Stupid" and said "Yes! This is how the world should be!"

    by RHunter on Sat Mar 26, 2005 at 06:23:43 PM PST

    •  opening salvo in the coming judicial wars (none)
      Washington is gearing up for the "nuclear" confrontation on judicial appointments. The Schiavo spectacle is just the opening act. Faux and the others are parroting all the right talking points -- "activist judges," "courts out of control," "arrogant judiciary," trying in vain to make their case that the courts are not in touch with the will of the people. Even if they lose the fight in the realm of logic, they have stirred passions, raised tempers at the court, and pandered to their base, the 20 percent that has been leading the rest of us around by the nose in the name-a-God.

      think freely, ask rude questions, find truth

      by Rxtr2 on Sat Mar 26, 2005 at 07:46:38 PM PST

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