Skip to comments.Million Dollar Terri
Posted on 03/25/2005 4:55:16 PM PST by CHARLITE
Terri Schiavo has been suffering from fatal dehydration for the past week and liberal anti-life crusaders have been relishing in every moment of it. That is, of course, despite last-ditch efforts by President Bush and the Republican party-poopers in Congress to have Terris feeding tubes restored.
Amid all the fuss, the lefts latest rationalization for starving poor little Terri to death is this: There may have been political motives behind the Republicans endeavor to save Terris life!
President Bush signed a bill on March 21 that would transfer jurisdiction of the Terri Schiavo case to a U.S. district court. This commendable yet ineffective and admittedly delayed bill was supported by 156 congressional Republicans and only 47 congressional Democrats.
Liberals are now assuring us that the only reason the president and the Republicans decided to push this bill was to pander to their religious right constituents and score some sort of political victory. The New York Times accused President Bush of intruding into the sufferings of the Schiavo family, insisting that the move was directed not at the bulk of the populace, but at their base vote among the evangelical and fundamentalist conservatives who have been demanding greater deference since working to deliver Republican victories last year. Maureen Dowd explained that the real intention of the Bush administration in this endeavor is to pander to religious fundamentalists who want to dictate how the government should be run.
Apparently liberals brilliant method of invalidating President Bushs actions is invoking the possibility of ulterior motives. Whether hes liberating a Middle Eastern nation from tyranny and oppression (oil!), paying a surprise Thanksgiving visit to the troops stationed in Iraq (publicity stunt!), or assembling the most diverse cabinet in American history (pandering to minorities!), any commendable move made by President Bush or any Republican is automatically discredited on the basis that (gasp!) he may be reaping collateral benefits.
It evidently never occurred to liberals to think twice about why Michael Schiavo is so adamantly pressing to subject his wife to this much-anticipated mercy killing. Surely its not for the $1 million in medical malpractice suit awards which he stands to inherit after Terris death. Lets not be too cynical.
Thus far, the central arguments proposed by the starvation-and-dehydration lobby have been: a) Terri is in a hopeless persistent vegetative state (no shes not), b) Terris condition can never be improved (yes it can), c) Terri will never be the same (that does not make her any less human), d) the executive and legislative branches have no right to ignore judicial orders which they deem unlawful (yes they do), e) Terri would have wanted to die (there is absolutely no proof of that), and f) it should be left up to her family (what with two out-of-wedlock children and an engagement to a different woman, Michael Schiavo is certainly no more of family to Terri at this point than her parents are).
At this point, a congressional effort to place Terri under federal protection through a subpoena has been all but defied, U.S. District Court Judge James Whittemore has twice rejected the Schindlers emergency requests to have the tubes reinserted, a plea to the U.S. Supreme Court was ignored, the 11th Circuit in Atlanta has shot down the case, and Pinellas County Circuit Judge George Greer has rejected a request to hear new medical testimony from a doctor challenging the diagnosis that Terri is in a persistent vegetative state.
Needless to say, the clock is ticking fast and not much time is left before the ravenous pro-death camp finally gets its way. Lets hope theyre satisfied.
Christian Lee Hartsock, 18, is a screenwriter, videographer and political columnist. His columns have been run in various publications and websites including World Magazine, American Daily, Newsmax, Political Vanguard, Renew America, Free Republic, Newsbull, Reality Check, Banner of Liberty, Common Voice, and others. A native of Oakland, California, Chris is currently a senior at Piedmont High School and will be attending Brooks Institute of Photography in Ventura next year, where he will pursue a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Film and Video Production.
Another spin I hear lately is regarding the President's low poll numbers. They are attributing it to him trying to SAVE Terri's life. I attribute it more to people's perception that he hasn't done ENOUGH to save Terri's life.
They did it to get at Terri's oil, didn'tcha know?
If a little baby crawled out into a busy highway and sat in
the middle of the road, I'm quite sure that Governor Bush
would risk a jaywalking ticket to rush into the street and
save the child even if the Don't Walk sign was flashing !!!
Terri is an innocent and helpless child right now. Therefore, she
desperately needs someone to bravely risk arrest for jaywalking
to save her life from that evil mob of monsters who are blatantly
attempting to murder her ... in plain view of the entire world !!!
Jaywalk NOW Jeb !!!
Dammit... Jaywalk NOW !!!
You have nailed it. People love Bush because, despite his various flaws, he is not afraid to act on principle.
Take that away and the magic is gone. Both Bushes have been revealed as weak before a minor judge in a minor court.
I just found an interesting post on Sherrie Gossett's blog at A.I.M.org.
Click on the link for the entire page.
"Every appropriate legal and political governmental means must be used. "The final bottom line"-- I have invented this term in A Christian Manifesto. I hope the Christians across this country and across the world will really understand what the Bible truly teaches: The final bottom line! The early Christians, every one of the reformers (and again, I'll say in A Christian Manifesto I go through country after country and show that there was not a single place with the possible exception of England, where the Reformation was successful, where there wasn't civil disobedience and disobedience to the state), the people of the Reformation, the founding fathers of this country, faced and acted in the realization that if there is no place for disobeying the government, that government has been put in the place of the living God. In such a case, the government has been made a false god. If there is no place for disobeying a human government, what government has been made GOD."
I agree with you Grim Freeper. The leader of the free world has never looked weaker.
Wow...now I know it's really true. (Moron Dowd "explained"? She couldn't explain why it gets dark when the sun goes down)
Someone said today, on one of the talk shows, that her parents were angry with Michael cause he wouldnt share the millions he had received in the malpractice suit.
None of us really know the whole truth only the people involved do, but as to whatever suits he may file afterwards you can bet he wants the book deals etc.
High gas prices.
Holy Cow - Busy night for moderator. Some of the removed messages were reponses to my rants. Wondering what they said.
It isn't. My comment was in reply to what is merely a side-issue. The press wants to promote the idea that his poll numbers are down because he acted, and I believe its the opposite, his polls are down because he has failed to act. Its just an opinion, obviously.
What is so wrong with the rule of law?
Nothing at all. But there are several issues. One is the separation of powers; the separate branches of government are separate-but-equal. Judges rule on matters of law, and congress makes that law. In this case, however, the judges have rejected acts of congress that they have found inconvenient.
We also have a governor asking a judge for permission before he enforces a law, and a judge denying him permission to enforce that law. If you get the chance, may I recommend Mark Levin's "Men in Black"... he covers this issue in great detail, its important reading, never more so that now.
There is another issue, and that is that laws are imperfect. Meditate on the policeman whose job it is to make sure the girl's mother doesn't bring a glass of water to her dying daughter.
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