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March 16, 2006

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There has been some discussion of this on the left side of the blogisphere. One could start here and follow the links.
http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2006_03_01_digbysblog_archive.html#114255124743264314

IGNORE THAT MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN

"The public climate that has raised the profile of this issue and Christians have responded."

Actually this is not true. This is new on the Weekly Standard (by way of the Washington Monthly.

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2006_03/008453.php

"CHANGING THE SUBJECT....Fred Barnes says that since there are no actual substantive issues that are going well for Republicans, they plan to change the subject:

House Republicans, for their part, intend to seek votes on measures such as the Bush-backed constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, a bill allowing more public expression of religion, another requiring parental consent for women under 18 to get an abortion, legislation to bar all federal courts except the Supreme Court from ruling on the constitutionality of the Pledge of Allegiance, a bill to outlaw human cloning, and another that would require doctors to consider fetal pain before performing an abortion.

Well, those are certainly the big issues facing America today, aren't they? And anyway, what happened to the legislation to bar atheist lesbian physicians from adopting cloned children? Are Republicans going soft or what?"

Christian conservatives are being played by leaders like Dobson and Falwell and their cronies in the Republican machine.

re "Changing the subject...."

This is nothing new, and both parties do this kind of stuff when an upcoming election could turn into a referendum and threaten the majority of whichever side happens to be in power at that particular point. Do you think Democrats don't do the same? This is standard politics as usual--which is why I'm not a registered voter with either party. Your constant scenarios portraying "Democrats-good, Republicans-bad" get a bit tedious sometimes, Alan. These days the parties are more alike than different, once you get past the rhetoric, unfortunately.

Mike this is going to fall off soon so I won't reply at length, however i waill point out that at this stage in our history holding to the "both parties are the same" theory is simply delusional. Excluding policy differences (which are huge), the Dems are too often clueless and timid while the Reps are corrupt and mendacious. There is hope for the Dems in finding a solid footing while the present Republican party is hopeless and a threat to individual freedom.

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