Friday, April 01, 2005

He can't be serious--can he?

I have never declared myself as belonging to either of the major parties, though I am definitely a republican leaning voter. The Terri Schaivo case has reinforced my disgust with politics in general. I cannot believe how much mileage the republicans are getting out of this, and, since I usually dislike the Democratic rhetoric, I am surprised and admire the silence of the Democratic party on this.

Tom DeLay had this to say:

"Mrs. Schiavo's death is a moral poverty and a legal tragedy. This loss happened because our legal system did not protect the people who need protection most, and that will change. The time will come for the men responsible for this to answer for their behavior, but not today. Today we grieve, we pray, and we hope to God this fate never befalls another." [reported on CNN]

We hope to God this fate never befalls another? This fate befalls hundreds every single day. Familes are called upon to make the hardest decisions they ever have to make. But wait! If Tom and the president get their way, we won't have to make this decision.

Congress will.

This is a decision to be made by families. When there is an argument, the decision should be mediated by the courts. Not the President. Not his governor brother. Not the Congress. 

To Tom -- Why don't you pay attention to your own ethics. Moral Poverty? Have you ever heard the the phrase "avoid the very appearance of evil?" I don't know about the allegations against you, but perhaps you should pay more attention to them. And avoiding situations which provoke these attacks.

To Bill Frist, who watched a video of Terri Schiavo and declared her diagnosis a mis-diagnosis -- Physician, heal thyself. You are a heart surgeon. Not a neurologist. And your use of the title M.D. is shameful in this context.

To President Bush -- What if it were your wife? Would you have still signed the bill? Would you have then let congress move the decision from you to the federal courts?

To Gov. Bush, who said "
The beginning of life and the end of life, I think, is something we need to learn to do better." -- Just because it sounds cool, doesn't mean the two go together. Your attempts to overrule judicial decisions were --saying it nicely -- very bad government.

To America -- Sign your living will, for all the good it will do, and then move on with life. Our obsession with Terri Schiavo (I should take my own advice since this is my third post about this) is another manifestation of our ugly fascination with celebrity.