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Monday, March 21, 2005Casting Aside the Separation of Powers
I also agree with Congressman Conyers. This bill is setting the stage (precedence) for giving the U.S. government too much control over our lives. One can argue rightfully so that this woman does has the right to life, but a fundamental question that should be considered, what rights are we giving up for the sake of one? Should everybody’s rights be infringed upon for the rights of the one?
Excerpts from a statement about the Terri Schiavo's case by Congressman John Conyers Jr.
It will be hard for this member to envision a case or circumstance that Congress will not be willing to involve itself in under this precedent.
By passing this legislation:
1. We will be casting aside the principle of separation of powers.
2. We will be abandoning our role as a serious legislative branch, and take on the role not only of Judge, but of Doctor, Priest, Parent and Spouse.
3. We will abandon any pretense of federalism.
4. It should be obvious to all that we are no longer a nation of laws, but have been reduced to a nation of men.
5. We will be telling our friends abroad that even though we expect them to live by the rule of law, Congress can ignore it when it doesn't suit our needs.
6. We diminish our nation as a democracy and ourselves as legislators.
There is only one principle at stake here - manipulating the court system to achieve pre-determined substantive outcomes.