Monday, March 21, 2005

The gentlewomen from the midwest

I live in Ohio. I love Ohio. Usually I'm proud of it. But I just heard Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) talk...and I'm not so proud.

She went on this one minute riff about how this decision should be made by her family, who loves her and who has been with her.

Is this woman even paying attention?? Her family who has been with her IS the one who is trying to make the decision, but her husband is trumping their decision. Moreover, as the Ranger reminded me tonight, this man has a common law marriage with another women with whom he has had two children. I'm not going to say that Michael Schiavo is after any money from Terri or anything or that he's deliberately trying to kill her, I just think that keeping her alive is not that important to him because he has built a new life with a new woman and a new family.

Right before Rep Kaptur, a Democratic congresswoman from Indiana (Julia Carson?) came to the floor of the House and said "I don't know what we're doing here, we were snatched from our houses of worship to come here..."
Does she really think that her saying that makes us this she's all Christian about this? Well, if we did, her next comments would make use shake our heads in confusion. At least that's what I did.
She started talking about Medicare. She said that people are crying out for Medicare but the "Powers that Be" has said they can't have it.
Man. You know the Democrats are really losing it when they take this occasion to slam the Bush Administration over Medicare. She her argument is that other people want Medicare and since we're not giving it to them...or giving enough of it to them, Terri Schiavo should starve.

Anyone else confused by that??

These Democrats didn't have to come to vote. They didn't ask for this extra time to read a bill, these asked for this time to talk - about anything they want, since this is probably one of the few times when people are watching C-SPAN at midnight.

The Minority Leader of the Senate was ousted from his seat, probably due, at least in part, to his obstruction of judicial nominations. And you know, a lot of people didn't even know that was going on. Tomorrow morning everyone is going to know that the House Democrats were obstructing life and living tonight. It will be in every news account in some form because there has to be an explanation as to why this vote is happening in the midnight hour.

Hmmm...that reminds me of a line from a song we used to sing in Gospel Choir in college. It was a song about perserverance and standing strong in faith - probably based in part on the verse that says "weeping and sorrow may last for the night, but joy comes with the morning":

Late in the midnight hour, God's gonna turn it around...

I pray that it will be in this late hour that God will work to turn around this situation of starvation and suffering.