Skip to comments.***GOTTA READ THIS! GOV. JEB BUSH'S PRE-INAUGURAL LETTER TO THE DISABLED IN FLORIDA (1998)***
Posted on 03/29/2005 2:11:48 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo
What happened? Hello? Hello? Anybody home?
By Governor-elect Jeb Bush
"Talking with a variety of Floridians with disabilities and their families has helped understand a lot more about the lives, challenges and dreams of those with disabilities. However, I know that my education continues with everyone new I meet.
People with disabilities are no different than anyone else. They want to work, have families, and live independently. As Governor, I would work hard to create an environment that gives people with disabilities every opportunity to be independent and play an active role in their communities and in our State.
My first experiences with disability issues were visiting with adults and children with developmental disabilities, their families, advocates, and providers.
I have been impressed by the differences between persons with these disabilities who remain in their homes, receiving community-based support services and similar persons living primarily in institutional or large residential facilities. What I observe is not just a difference in expression, it's a difference in the way they act, how they respond, how they interact with the people around them, how they look, how they talk, and probably in how they will face life with its opportunities and challenges.
I am convinced that, whenever possible, Floridians with disabilities should be able to remain in their communities with their families, friends or roommates and receive the support services they require.
That way, their lives are enriched and they continue to enrich the lives of their families, friends and communities. Of course, in cases of severe and profound disabilities, there may be no option other than a dedicated residential facility. That choice should be preserved.
In order for individuals to be able to live at home or on their own, there must be an excellent, responsive network of support services available to assist them and their families. Funding needs to be shifted to provide the full range of these services. In turn, more individuals can be served and with a broader range of services, such as transportation or respite care that have often been unavailable in the past.
As Governor, I will work to allow individuals with disabilities and/or their families to have more say about what services and necessary treatments are provided, based on each person's professionally identified needs.
This is a time of setting new directions in care for people with disabilities here in Florida. I have reviewed the Governor's Task Force proposal for the future of DD services and I am waiting for an independent study on the future of developmental disability services that was contracted by the Legislature and will be released shortly. Both of these will help a Bush Administration to make detailed decisions to assist individuals with disabilities. My team will also monitor Washington legislation and work with our Congressional delegation to ensure that federal initiatives are responsive to Florida's needs.
On a separate note, I also have come to realize the importance of educating the public about people with disabilities and disability issues. Too often, people react in fear or distaste when coming face-to-face with persons with disabilities. These people simply lack the necessary knowledge to understand persons with disabilities.
If elected, I will work with state agencies and disability organizations to help erase that insensitivity. If people understand more about how to interact with persons with disabilities, their fear will be diminished. That will open up more opportunities for education, employment, and participation in community life.
In addition, I will support educational programs about disabilities in our schools. Young children are especially receptive and accepting, and their understanding will help bring about changes in everyone's misconceptions about disabilities. I would also support efforts to mainstream children with disabilities whenever possible.
Finally, my Administration will support full compliance with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. This is vital, not just for the individuals themselves, but for the communities that will be enriched and blessed by their contributions and participation in community life.
I know that there are other issues that need to be addressed. The state has complex legal mandates to meet. The waiting lists need to be cut way back. The best way for me to lead on these issues is to continue to learn the people who are living those issues day-to-day, their families, and the professionals who provide the care. Let's work together to make Florida a better home for people with disabilities."
I could not have found anything more ironic on The Web today, than this from the past. Past promises. Past vision.
Have at it Freepers.
Oh, here it comes, another Jeb is a Judas thread. Can we please not?
Please provide your evidence and input that he did not say these things?
No one is disputing that he said them.
I'll abide by the FR Moderator's opinion.
Like all politicians, Bush is one.
I missed the sentence where he promised to break the law, but I'm sure it's in there, so yeah, he's a hypocrit. (rolls eyes)
There is nothing to have at.. if he goes in to save her, he will go to Jail and cause and constitutional state crisis. You want police drawing guns on one another? He has done all he can do, Jeb is not to blame in my opinon.. You know who is? That d*ckhead husband of hers.
Seems like he has lived up to all of his principles. He deserves our thanks.
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Terri is not disabled. You may continually try to make it so but it isn't. Terri cannot function on any level other than to breathe. She has no cerebral cortex. For all ostensible purposes she is totally functionless other than to lie there day after day, year after year. If anyone thinks that is merciful, they ought to have their own cerebral cortex examined.
He's Pilate, not Judas.
Heroic is only as heroic does.
As an almost six year FR member, I'll abide by FR rules and decision.
These are exact quotes and promises.
What about it editorially do you object to? Thank you.
Duh, silly me.
But FR needs it's hourly "Bush is a Nazi" "Bush is Pilate" "Bush is a murderer" thread.
Jeb Bush is not a traitor, however, he is not leading.
That is obvious.
He is the supreme executive of Florida, he believes an injustice is taking place, and he has decided to.....
They have to ask themselves if they've done enough.
And the small town, crony infested judiciary and LE of Pinellas county. MS is fortunate to have found a Death Zealot like Felos and to have the money from the malpractice award to engage this nut job on the case. This has made all the difference. See: "Why Terri's Parents Lost: The Real Story" -
Follow the law? Good or bad, that is what he must do.
Jeb is no Judas. He's more of a Peter.
Exactly. Well said.
Aren't we all.
William Large, Deputy Chief of Staff
At the very least, Governor Jeb Bush should respond to Michael Schiavo's explicit public invitation, by showing up unannounced with everyone and everything he needs to make a final and sudden decision on whether he should attempt to save Terri's life right now.
Please SHOW GOVERNOR BUSH THE DOCUMENTS FROM ALAN KEYES AND LARRY KLAYMAN
TELL HIM TO EXERCISE HIS CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY, AND TAKE TERRI SCHIAVO INTO PROTECTIVE CUSTODY RIGHT AWAY
Raquel Rodriguez, General Counsel
Governor Jeb Bush
Are you guys actually dense enough to believe he hasn't already seen these constitutional arguments?
Make up your minds, bozos. Is he ignorant of the law or willfully ignoring it?
Ditto to every word you posted!
If Jeb grabbed Terry, saying the judges' rulings are unconstitutional, how would he go to jail?
He could state that the executive is a co-equal branch of government and thus has an equal opportunity to voice which laws are constitutional or not. In essence, as a co-equal partner in government, the executive can make arguments on which statutes are constitutional or not.
As such, it would be up to the legislature to impeach Jeb or not. If he were impeached, he would make his case before the legislation and the lawmakers would vote to remove him or not.
This scenario, I believe, is allowed under Florida law.
The "Road Less Traveled" was a certain prominent man's for the taking.
To make a stand not only on behalf of Terri Schiavo and preservation of the Truth, but on the coming Terri Schiavos of the world, who will also be subject to civicide due to Judicial Tyranny, which has tested it's strength and has seen no resistance--it will only thirst for more power and more death.
He took another route, though.
Now people put up the straw-dog argument i.e., "Hey American in Tokyo? What do you want? A bloody showdown between the state and local forces?" This, too, shows what poor excuses utilizing dream-like scenarios with limited outcome possibilities, in lieu of True Leadership and Accountability, (such rationalizations which by nature must necessarily be made by loyal followers), are floating out there.
Any chance Jeb EVER had of becoming president he blew two weeks ago!!
According to a number of well-respected legal advisors, Gov. Bush has the power and the authority to remove Terri from harm's way. The posters you are castigating do not. So, the argument you are trying to make is a non sequitur.
You sound just like a lady that was on my local news when asked about the Schiavo case.
She said; pull the plug. LOOK AT HER, SHE IS JUST LAYING THERE DOING NOTHING.
Sad, Sad, Sad, when we as a society have judged the worth of human beings.
Dogs and cats just lay around all day doing nothing, but I bet you and that women have love for them and find worth in them.
If I thought it were doable I'd be for breaking the law to save her. The right to life is an inalienable right. But we cannot realistically expect to pit branches and divisions of government and segements of society against one another in an effort to save one person. Who else will be hurt in the process? And even if Jeb were to take Terri by force, what then? It would just return to the same struggle.... and the courts would rule in the same way.... and here we would be all over again, only without a wonderful Governor willing to stick his neck out for us. It just doesn't make sense. This is way beyond civil disobedience. We need to keep in mind that Terri is representative of many others. Let's work to save the rest of them in Terri's name. That means our allies need to survive to fight another day. As tragic as it is, sometimes you have to lose a battle or two before you can win the war.
I don't mean to lessen the value of her life. Just the opposite. Let's see that her sacrifice counts for something by redirecting our efforts and seeing to it that this never happens again. That's the best way we can honor her at this point.
what law is it that he's following?
No one ever knows the name of it.
"Terri cannot function on any level other than to breathe. She has no cerebral cortex. For all ostensible purposes she is totally functionless other than to lie there day after day, year after year"
And you know this to be a fact because...........
a.) A doctor said so and they are never wrong
b.) A lawyer said so and they only have the best interest of their clients at heart
c.) The media talking heads told me and they have no agenda other than truth
d.)I am Psychic and have spoken with Terry Schiavo personally.
Good. The thread still stands. :-) I guess that's our answer.
Then I'll repeat what I said before. If her consciousness is gone completely, then we are doing no harm to her as a person to keep her body alive. If it is not gone completely, then we are committing murder. So let's not fool ourselves that we're doing her any favors, that we're being "merciful", by "letting her die." We're not.