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Priorities in our world are all jacked up

Should it be who controls the US Senate or a human life?

by Richard 'Mr. Moo' Moore
December 17, 2006

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Priorities in our world	are all jacked up
I am furious. Most of you know that I am a loving little furball, as Rush Limbaugh might say. I can deal with almost anything from a calm perspective but I am furious about the press coverage given to the apparent stroke and surgery to follow of Sen. Tim Johnson (D-SD). Being just 20 minutes from the South Dakota border, I am probably getting more than my share of press, but I have to say what I have seen stinks.
The issue as the media presents it is not that a man's life has been hanging in the balance but if Johnson can't continue in his roll as US Senator, will South Dakota's Republican governor choose a Republican to replace him? Now, I love a good political discussion as well as the next even year junkie but this is too much.
What we hear from the pundits is - But what if the Senate is tied at 50-50? Isn't this event going to destroy the Democratic hope of control during W's last two years? Cheney will be back as the tie breaking vote.
Who cares? A man's life is on the line.
For sometime, I have been wondering whether some of us, me included, take all of this DC stuff too far. Now I have my answer.
Now, I for one would like to see what the Democrats would do that would make the Capitol so different. I think about all we're going to see is that the president will use his veto power a little more. And if you don't get someone from the other side of the aisle to work with you, not much will get accomplished. But in the big scheme of things, life ranks at the top, not second to politics.
As for the view from this Midwestern pasture, Sen. Johnson "get well soon". And to the pundits that are talking about nothing but a tied Senate, get a life. And deal with things that REALLY matter.

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Brooks Gardner from Mebane, North Carolina writes:
December 17, 2006
Mr. Moo, I quite agree. Early it seemed to me that the pundits had declared the Senator dead or, at least, in a vegetative state. This will probably be far from the case, I know little about the Senator and his record, but his life is very important. I certainly hope that the Christian Right is praying for his recovery, but I doubt this. They have probably branded him a heretic could care less about his well being. I, too, have the Senator in my prayers for a quick and successful recovery.

As you said, the no clear majority of Democrats in the Senate is of little concern, when the life of a Senator is at stake. Let's not bury him! Let's look forward to the miracle of modern medicine to bring him back to health.

mattie from liberty writes:
December 17, 2006

Mr. Moo, good article. The many things the CR and Dubya have in common is their heads are always stuck in sand. Yes, the press should stay off Sen. Tim Johnson (D-SD). Likewise I too had brain surgery 7 years ago and it took time for recovery but I made the long trip back and like Maxine, you don't keep an old gal down. So a speedy recovery for the fine Tim Johnson and I'm with him all the way. It will take time but hang in there and show the repubs they can not out smart fresh material. The old stuff has to GO...

Just me, Maxine.

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