Straight Up with Sherri

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Alan Keyes Raises An Interesting Question

Alan Keyes, in his eloquent, if controversial manner has raised an interesting question in his editorial "Why Jeb Bush has the power to act now" on WorldNetDaily. Let me just quote some of his thoughts:

If, for example, he were notified that a court sanctioned, racially motivated lynching was taking place across the street from the state House, he would be oath bound as chief executive to intervene to prevent the violation of constitutional right and integrity.

Even if a racist judge had ordered the hanging, as chief executive he would have a responsibility to the Florida constitution making it impossible for him to respect the judge's order, however well-decked-out in formal judicial garb.

In such a circumstance, if Jeb Bush ignored the constitutional violation and later pleaded that he was respecting the court order, his plea would have no more validity than the plea of Nazi generals that they were only obeying orders.

I recommend that you find some time to read the entire editorial, but I warn you: it is long!

Right Wing Nut Job


  • I think it's simply a matter of political self-preservation.

    So far there have been 3 major polls (ABC, CBS, and CNN/USA Today that show strong disapproval of government intervention AND strong agreement that a spouse's wishes should supercede parental wishes. I know most here will point out the liberal bias in the MSM, etc but as it stands, right now, even if you're right, the public is overwhelmingly against action by the government.

    Given that, Jeb would be committing political suicide unless he personally believes that eventually the public will eventually change its mind. And I don't think anybody knows the answer to that -- this issue is far far too polarized.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:58 PM  

  • In that case, Jeb is damned if he does and damned if he doesn't, since there are a hell of a lot of people who will never vote for him for President if he lets Terri die.

    Therefore, if his political career is at stake anyway, let him err on the side of life.

    By Anonymous Mary in LA, at 7:07 PM  

  • And lest this turn into an issue about whether you or I believe the polls reflect American sentiment, it really depends on whether Jeb believes the polls reflect American sentiment.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:09 PM  

  • I've seen more and more talking heads (including Jay Sekulow of say that Jeb messed up by first going to the court and the he severely limited his options by doing so. Part of me wonders if that was accidental or not. Maybe he was so shrewd that (even at the expense of Terri's life) he wanted his hands to be tied so that he could blame the ultimate outcome on the courts. Complete conjecture, of course.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:11 PM  

  • FOX News said that the polls were ALL biased.

    They gave a SERIES of questions...

    Would you want to live in a vegetative state?

    blah blah blah

    then asking

    (Assuming Teri was a "vegetable")
    SHould we let her die?

    I am paraphrasing, but sheeshk!

    had another thought, but it left...

    This is a hard week....

    By Blogger Straight Up with Sherri, at 7:17 PM  

  • Terri Schiavo:

    "Where there's life, there's hope..."

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:18 PM  

  • Anonymous,
    I believe that Jeb Bush is acting out of political fear. He is not necessarily doing what he understands the Constitution to demand that he do in fulfillemt of his oath of office.
    It is actually much more dangerous, politically not to take Terri. Those who want Terri dead wouldn't vote for Jeb Bush if he were the only one on the ballot. Those who want her to live will look to replace Jeb Bush if he doesn't act. And those who don't understand this situation - well, they'll forget by the next election anyway!

    By Blogger Right Wing Nut Job, at 7:22 PM  

  • isn't keyes the guy that threw his college daughter out of the house to live on streets?

    nice guy!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:23 PM  

  • Threw his "college" duaghter out on the streets?



    Good grief....

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:26 PM  

  • LOL!!

    Good grief?

    That's exactly what I thought!!! My Dad threw me out on the streets when I was in college too....


    I think COLLEGE age means you are an adult...

    By Blogger Straight Up with Sherri, at 7:27 PM  

  • oh, that's right, keyes' daughter is a lesbo > i'd kick her out on the street too and her stinkin' girlfriend

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:29 PM  

  • Alan Keyes does lots of freaky things. He proposed giving the descendants of slaves two generations of exemption from paying federal taxes.
    I'm not upholding his character or sanity, just recognizing that he makes a really interesting speculation.

    By Blogger Right Wing Nut Job, at 7:32 PM  

  • interesting speculation

    That about sums up his entire career in pollytics

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:33 PM  

  • still trying to wrap my head around the fact that a husband is aloud to starve his wife to death in the US of A.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:51 PM  

  • Here's a legit question: What will they think of us on the 'Arab Street'? Will there be and what kind of repercussions? Does this Osama gist for the mill?

    By Anonymous Nell, at 8:16 PM  

  • Correction. Must use preview. Must use preview. Ooops, didn't use preview.

    Does this give Osama gist for the mill?

    By Anonymous Nell, at 8:18 PM  

  • John Gibson (FoxNews) had a really interesting comment on Tuesday
    "Are the Florida courts saying an ex-husband gets to decide when an ex-wife dies? If so, there is going to be a very long line at the court's front door.

    That's My Word."

    By Blogger Right Wing Nut Job, at 8:22 PM  

  • If the state of FL recognized common-law marriage (it doesn't) or if it recognized adultery as a grounds for divorce (it doesn't) then Gibson's statement would make more sense legally.

    But presumably FL's laws about those matters are that way because that's how its citizens want it.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:27 PM  

  • Anonymous,
    You may be wrong on the last count, according to 2004 Florida Statutes:
    798.01 Living in open adultery.--Whoever lives in an open state of adultery shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083. Where either of the parties living in an open state of adultery is married, both parties so living shall be deemed to be guilty of the offense provided for in this section.
    Additionally, it may be considered by the trial court:
    The court may consider the adultery of either spouse and the circumstances thereof in determining the amount of alimony, if any, to be awarded.

    By Blogger Right Wing Nut Job, at 8:38 PM  

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