March 25, 2005

Dubya and the sanctity of life.

Given how much the prez has had to say about the Terry Schiavo case, you'd figure that he'd have plenty to say about the shootings on the Red Lake reservation in Minnesota.

You'd be wrong, though.

"I hope that he would say something," said Victoria Graves, a cultural educator at Red Lake Elementary School on the reservation. "It's important that there's acknowledgment of the tragedy. It's important he sees the tribes are out here. We need help."

The reaction to Bush's silence was particularly bitter given his high-profile, late-night intervention on behalf of Terri Schiavo, the brain-damaged Florida woman caught in a legal battle over whether her feeding tube should be reinserted.

"The fact that Bush preempted his vacation to say something about Ms. Schiavo and here you have 10 native people gunned down and he can't take time to speak is very telling," said David Wilkins, interim chairman of the Department of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota and a member of the North Carolina-based Lumbee tribe.

"He has not been real visible in Indian country," said former senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colo.). "He's got a lot of irons in the fire, but this is important."

Even more alarming than Bush's silence, he said, is the president's proposal to cut $100 million from several Indian programs next year.

Via Washington Post.

More: We see that Dubya finally got around to offering condolences this morning in a 5-minute call to the tribal chair at Red Lake. Wanna lay bets as to when (or if) Dubya would have made the call if there hadn't been all the embarassing publicity about his non-response to the shootings?

Posted by Magpie at March 25, 2005 10:07 AM | US Politics | Technorati links |

Though I can understand the bitterness that those in the Red Lake community must have over this, there is no surprise by Dubya's actions (at least from where I am sitting) nor is there much that defends his hypocrisy:

Dubya is a conservative, pro corporate President - so he's very pro-gun and that means a school shooting is the work of a sick kid - not the work of fire arms in childrens hands.

Dubya approved of how many executions in the state of Texas as governor?

Dubya signed that bill that allows hospitals to stop prolonging someone's life. Yes, allow the corporations to infringe on a family decision - let aloen the government....

Sancity of Life? Sancity of Marriage? "Clean Skies?" "NO Child Left Behind?" It's doublespeak.... Freedom is slavery! Ignorance is Strength! Down with Big Brother! Down with Big Brother!

Posted by: John F at March 25, 2005 11:13 AM