March 23, 2005
The arrogance of power
Many moons ago, the Democratic Farm-Labor Party won every seat on the Minneapolis City Council. While that seemed like a good thing, I remember running into an old friend, now departed, David Graven, who told me he did not think so. My first campaign experience in Minnesota was in support of David when he ran for Governor.
David puffed on his pipe a moment and said, "It is not probability a party without serious opposition will destroy itself, it is a certainty." And, true to his prediction, the DFL headed into decline for a long stretch.
The rightwing Republicans control all three branches of federal government and they appear intoxicated with power. The Schiavo intervention is a case in point. To please the so-called neo-cons, Congress and the president flew to Washington to intervene in the removal of the feeding tube. A balanced government would have kept to its own business. As moderate Republican Chris Shays said, "My party is for state's rights unless they don't like what states are doing."
In this case, 70 percent of those polled think the neo-cons have gone too far and 68 percent think removal of the feeding tube made sense. But when you are in complete control, you do not care what people think. You are the biggest kid on the block. It is your ball and your bat.
Graven was right in the 1970s and I firmly believe hubris will take down this crowd as well.
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