Friday, August 12, 2005

Just in case all of you readers thought that Steanso was just a rabid, mad dog liberal who will support any ridiculous claim or allegation that is made by the left, I offer this as a counterexample:
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/08/12/politics/politicsspecial1/12abort.html
Let it be known that Steanso definitely does not believe that Judge Roberts actually supports terrorist action on the part of anti-abortion activists. The people over there at NARAL must've been on crack when they ran this ad, because their attempts to tie him to violent anti-abortion extremists appears to not only be patently untrue, but it undermines other, much more legitimate arguments whcih need to be made on behalf of the pro-choice movement (such as the fact that Roberts has indicated that he may very well want to overturn Roe v. Wade). When people like NARAL make these kinds of claims, it only feeds the pervasive conservative belief that liberals are a bunch of rabid, illogical fanatics who will resort to any kind of smear campaign in order to advance their goals. Steanso is here to say that most liberals are smarter than that. Rabid, illogical smear campaigns should be left to the people who do them best. Like Carl Rove.

Anyway, despite the amount of fun that you can have while doing it, unsupportable fanaticism doesn't do a whole lot to advance the cause.

And here's another thing that may make people think I'm going soft. I'm not sure that Roberts is going to be such a terrible choice for Supreme Court. This staement will undoubtedly come back to haunt me, but given the fact that there is DEFINITELY going to be a conservative appointed to the court under Bush's watch, maybe Roberts isn't the worst of the bunch. I mean, given some of Bush's other appointments (e.g., Bolton for U.N. ambassador and Alberto Gonzales for Attorney General), I think that maybe the pick for Supreme Court could have been a lot worse. Of course, like I said, this claim will probably come back to haunt me, but let's face it, we're going to end up with a conservative, so let's just hope for someone who's fairly moderate and willing to be reasonable when interpreting the constitution. That's the best we can hope for, kids.

It's the weekend, and I'm kicking it off by going to pick up Crackbass's law mower from the repair shop. Kickass.

7 comments:

Weedo said...

I too think that compared with Bush's other appointments, Roberts isn't nearly as bad. In addition, I'm secretly hoping they try to overturn Roe v Wade. If Roe v Wade is ever overturned, I think it will actually backfire in the Republican Party's face, split their party, and start the end of their current stranglehold on the American political system.

Of course, they'll be replaced by other unethical, power hungry, rich white men. Hopefully, they'll be better than what we got now (a lot smarter, and have a little more respect for The Constitution and The Bill of Rights).

Of course, what we really need is for every intelligent voter out there to demand accountability from their politicians. But no one has time for it. Everyone's too busy. That's exactly what our politicians hope for. Apathy. Controlling the rest of the masses with fear is apparently pretty easy...

Steanso said...

Well, but if Roberts overturns Roe v. Wade while he's on the Supreme Court, it's not gonna be a bunch of senators or congressman who get to make the decision (theoretically creating the Republican party rift that you're talking about). Bush may appoint Roberts, but once he's on the bench, theoretically he has no party affiliations and is not accountable to members of either party (making it kind of pointless for the Republicans to quibble over what his decisions, because by that time he will be totally out of their control). I could see more of a rift occurring if they were debating a bill that was passing through Congress...

Weedo said...

I guess I didn't word that quite right. me engineer. What I meant to say was I think there is going to be a serious backlash from their constituents. I know there are some people out there that have voted for Republicans and Bush, but that do support women's right to choose. I think the Republican party will be split into the conservative religious right, and into the more moderate Republicans. Basically turning them into the Democratic party (a bunch of splintered factions/groups all fighting amongst one another to come up with a platform).

Weedo said...

Ok. If neither of my last two comments make sense. Let me reference someone who actually is more close to politics than me, and a much better writer:

http://www.usnews.com/usnews/news/articles/030120/20roe.htm

CrackBass said...

Has the whole world gone mad? Am i the only one who gives a f@#! about the rules anymore? Steanso supporting Roberts? Weedo supporting the overturn of Roe v. Wade? Steanso picking up my lawnmower? SHIT!
SHIT! SHIT! SHIT! remember my post of yesteryear? he's a wolf in sheep's clothing people! WOLF! Just because he's less bad than other potential nominees doesnt make him good. damn. now im depressed. has steanso lost his vigor/integrity? i like to hope it's the booze talking

lee said...

I've said this before to myself many, many times, but it seems more relevant now that I've returned from a fly fishing vacation and caught up to read a week of postings on this blog. Hear me now people: All of this pales in comparison to the importance of fly fishing. Steanso, you will recall I tried to persuade and show you the tao of fly fishing on a windswept school yard in Lubbock, Texas many moons ago. Admittedly, there was neither water nor fish present at the time, only a few curious onlookers who were sure that we were out of our damned minds practicing a four count throw on double tapered line. Or perhaps they just thought "Those fellas are NOT Baptists." Anyway, the concept may have eluded you then. After all, unless you are Buddy Holly, understanding is nothing if not difficult in Lubbock anyway. Even Mac Davis didn't understand anything in Lubbock until he left it (you will recall that at the conclusion of "Happiness is Lubbock, Texas in my rear-view mirror", Mac returns to the Llano Estacado and wishes his burial to be had there).

I mean it though, my jobless brother and his loyal readers. You should all go fly fishing. Quickly. Fly fishing always helps. Always.

CrackBass said...

I too have tried to teach Steanso the bliss that is fishing, fly or otherwise. He steadfastly refuses to join me. Perhaps the two of us can persuade him. You just planon coming down here from Dallas some weekend next March, and we'll force him onto the Pedernales and see if we cant change his mind.