18 March 2005

The Era of Big Government is BACK

Today, Republican leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives decided to intervene in the Schiavo case by taking extreme action. Controversial and ethically-challenged Republican House leader Tom DeLay led the move to issue five subpoenas to participants of the Schiavo saga, including Terri herself. Initially, GOP leaders claimed that they legitimately intended to investigate the issue; however, as the day progressed, they revealed that their true purpose was to buy some time and keep Terri's feeding tube attached for as long as possible. It is currently a federal crime to interfere with a congressional investigation; therefore, fear exists that by removing Terri's feeding tube, one may be open to criminal prosecution if she were to pass away and fail to appear before Congress. The tube was scheduled to be removed today at 1:00 PM but was actually removed at approximately 1:45 PM.

While the actions of House Republicans are extreme, they are not unprecedented. As you may remember in 2000, Elian Gonzalez, who washed up on Florida's shore and was taken in by his Miami relatives, faced deportation to Cuba. Republican leaders, in an attempt to pander to Cuban American voters who opposed deportation, subpoenaed the boy to testify before Congress. Like today, their hopes were that the U.S. Department of Justice would refuse to deport the boy for fear of criminal prosecution under federal law. Federal immigration law, which was made extremely stringent and unreasonable by Republicans in the mid-90s, clearly dictated that the boy be returned to his father, and the federal government followed the law. Congress' attempt was unsuccessful, and Gonzalez was returned to his biological father.

Now in a flip-flop of ideology, the national Republican Party has decided that they believe in a bigger, more powerful, and more intrusive government. Unfortunately, the party of "less government" and "more personal freedom" has declared that the era of big government is back. And as a result, our liberty and freedom are in jeopardy.


Anonymous gator78 said...

I shocked that the govt wants to get involved in these matters. It's too bad that the Dem Party doesn't consistently stand up for individual rights and fight for this.

12:38:00 PM  

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