Suddenly, the left wing of the Democratic Party is yammering about "states' rights". We on the political Right are supposed to feel ashamed for wanting to protect Terri Schiavo's rights, denied by the court system. Those on the Left are so damned dumb they don't even recognize a signature civil rights case when they see it. The truth is, they neither understood nor cared about civil rights in the first place.
Amazingly, they argue that neither Federal courts nor Congress have the right to intervene in a matter of state jurisdiction. Terry's constitutional civil rights are not of concern, only the power of a single Florida judge to personally decide this matter.
They have rewritten history so often, they have forgotten their own sordid past. Once upon a time, many states restricted-- entirely on the basis of race-- their citizens' access to public facilities, most notably public education. Race laws were a core part of the "states' rights" concept. But then, the federal courts, along with the Eisenhower administration, famously intervened. Who were the stalwarts of the racist status-quo of the time? The Democratic Party.
If the Democrats had their way then, we would still have racial segregation today. If the left wing of the Democratic Party has its way today, we will have court-ordered euthanasia tomorrow. Oh, wait! We have it today. Terry is Patient Zero.
The reaction of the Left in the Terry Schiavo matter is very revealing. The Left has a natural distrust of democracy and democratic institutions. Hence, their reliance on free-wheeling judges to impose their "popular" will, bolstered by an army of trial lawyers. Anyone ever notice the financial and political connections between lawyers and Democrats?
For example, if judges had to actually follow laws passed by elected legislatures, we would not have universal abortion on demand today.
The Democrats want us to believe that there is popular support for abortion rights. If that is the case, why not put it to a vote? Because they might lose, and thereby undermine their own base of power in two respects. One, they would lose ground on the abortion issue itself. Two, they would be giving legitimacy to democracy and rule of law. And they cannot let that happen.
Their vision is not "a nation of laws, not men", rather a nation of lawyers. The Terry Schiavo case has nothing to do with Terry's "right to die", rather the Left's desire to wield power by any means possible. For today, that would be a runaway judiciary.
There is no greater issue today than the reassertion of the will of the people through our electoral process to overcome our activist judges. Forget Social Security reform. The judiciary fight-- that is the battle of our time.
UPDATE: Apparently, Ann Coulter agrees.