Terri Schiavo isn't even cold yet--and the president is further politicizing an issue of which he should not have been part.
President Bush sent condolences to Schiavo's families. "I urge all those who honor Terri Schiavo to continue to work to build a culture of life where all Americans are welcomed and valued and protected." The president and, obviously, the republican part will be casting this as another front for the fight against abortion.
CNN has asked for comments--asking whether "this case [has] affected [me] personally?"
Terri Schiavo's case should not have touched me personally--it happened thousands of miles away in a place I have only seen from airplanes. What affected me personally was when my family had to make the same decision for my grandmother. I can only imagine how much harder the decision would have been for them if congress had decided to intervene. And why did they not? Was my grandmother worth less that Terri Schiavo? No, Terri schiavo has become politcal carrion. In truth, the President's and Congress' actions are NOT about Terri Schiavo.
Will they be doing this often? Will the next highly publicized child-custody case also be moved to Federal Court? There are thousands of people in the U.S. alone in a persistent vegetative state, awake, but unaware of their surroundings. Hundereds of decisions concerning their care are made every single day. How will Congress pick and choose which decisions should be reviewed in federal courts? Their place is to make Law to govern us all--not just Terri Shciavo.