Monday, March 21, 2005


Is anybody with me in wondering why one random woman’s suffering means much of anything to the cynics running Congress and the current administration – the morally pure folks that brought us an unprovoked, propaganda-driven war that has cost more than fifty thousand civilian lives so far? A fraudulent war that has devoured two hundred billion dollars’ worth of children’s health insurance, food stamps for poor working families, heating fuel assistance for the elderly, tuition aid for poor college kids, and all kinds of other useful things?

I mean, really, what the hell is so important about some woman who’s been lying comatose and rigid in a bed for fifteen years? Is it worth having Congress violate the tenth amendment and obliterate states’ rights on the thinnest of supposed “moral” grounds in order to protect this great and promising life from being snuffed out?

Is Terri in a persistent vegetative state? I think so. That's what her doctors and the state courts have decided. After all, fifteen years is a long time to just lay there like a lox if you don't have to. If her thinking life is a over, that is, if her soul has left her body (for all you religion people out there), it is her husband’s responsibility – and no one else’s – to make the difficult life or death call about the vessel of her body. This is called Protecting the Sanctity of Marriage. Republicans really, really care about this. Or at least they did in November.

But now Bill Frist and Tom DeLay arrive weirdly from somewhere. They announce that state courts no longer have jurisdiction. Why? Well, because of the fact that this nice elderly couple’s DAUGHTER is going to DIE, because just LOOK at that SWEET YOUNG GIRL and you’re going to tell me that just because of the damn CONSTITUTION we have to stand by and let that girl’s doctors, in conjunction with her husband, the hospital’s ethics panel, the Florida state courts, and the majority of Americans' opinions, just - just - PULL THE PLUG ON HER?!

Will no one stand up for LIFE?!

This isn’t an administration. It’s a group psychosis.

1 comment:

exgrad said...

hey, it's an easy position to take; standing for "life."

it's time for a new movement! SAVE THE VEGETABLES! I mean there are poor children in West Virginia who aren't getting enough nutrients... I'm sure Ms. Schiavo could provide at least two food groups...