Wednesday, November 03, 2004In Which The Revolutionaries Get What They Wanted
The new majority is more theocratic than Republican, as Republican was previously understood; the defeat of the old moderate Republican Party is far more decisive than the loss by the Democrats. And there are no checks and balances. The terminal illness of Chief Justice William Rehnquist signals new appointments to the Supreme Court that will alter law for more than a generation. Conservative promises to dismantle constitutional law established since the New Deal will be acted upon. Roe vs. Wade will be overturned and abortion outlawed.
Now, without constraints, Bush can pursue the dreams he campaigned for -- the use of U.S. military might to bring God's gift of freedom to the world, with no more "global tests," and at home the enactment of the imperatives of "the right God." The international system of collective security forged in World War II and tempered in the Cold War is a thing of the past. The Democratic Party, despite its best efforts, has failed to rein in the radicalism sweeping the country. The world is in a state of emergency but also irrelevant. The New World, with all its power and might, stepping forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old? Goodbye to all that.
Goodbye, reproductive rights. From now on my rights will be determined by the possession of a uterus.
Sorry, Morgan and Suzie, you're not going to see your human dignity recognized in the US anytime soon.
If you dig anti-Americanism, boy are you gonna love the rest of the decade. We'll be hip-deep in it!
Stem-cell research? Ha!
And to the couple million more kids who are going to grow up in poverty... them's the breaks.
But hey, at least this paves the way for our theoretical revolution. And that's all that matters.