Sunday, March 27, 2005

 

Bobo back from vacation; identity of impostor still not known

I guess it was too good to last. David Brooks has ousted whoever it was who was pretending to be him and has reclaimed his throne as king of the moralizing rightwing idiots.
Morality and Reality

By DAVID BROOKS

The core belief that social conservatives bring to cases like Terri Schiavo's is that the value of each individual life is intrinsic. The value of a life doesn't depend upon what a person can physically do, experience or achieve. The life of a comatose person or a fetus has the same dignity and worth as the life of a fully functioning adult.

Social conservatives go on to say that if we make distinctions about the value of different lives, if we downgrade those who are physically alive but mentally incapacitated, if we say that some people can be more easily moved toward death than others, then the strong will prey upon the helpless, and the dignity of all our lives will be diminished.
Except - except - except - you conservatives do this all the time! Poor people die because of a lack of good food, good health care, etc., every day, all over the world - and most of these "social conservatives" don't give a good God damn about any of them.

The rest of this piece is full of utter nonsense about what "liberals" supposedly believe - none of which any of us actually do believe. For example, " Social liberals warn against vitalism, the elevation of physical existence over other values. They say it is up to each individual or family to draw their own line to define when life passes to mere existence." Um, no we don't. We say that in certain exteme circumstances, a person may choose to decide to let his or her life end naturally, without any further treatment. And guess what? Conservatives agree with us.

Terry Schiavo's case has nothing to do with morality. It's pure politics for Tom DeLay (who thinks it's about him by the way) and the Traditional Values Coalition (which thinks it's a great way to make some money).

Terry Schiavo died 15 years ago. That's sad and brutal but true. That her parents don't want to admit this is also sad but true. For everyone else to pile on and bring their own agendas to this unfortunate event is disgraceful and despicable.

At least the Times found whoever was impersonating David Brooks and shooed him out of the building before he could do any further damage to Bobo's well-deserved reputation as a moron.
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