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***GOTTA READ THIS! GOV. JEB BUSH'S PRE-INAUGURAL LETTER TO THE DISABLED IN FLORIDA (1998)***
Gov. Jeb Bush Gubernatorial Website, 1998 Archives ^ | Decemeber 1, 1998 | AmericanInTokyo (via archived Jeb Bush website)

Posted on 03/29/2005 2:11:48 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo

What happened? Hello? Hello? Anybody home?

"MESSAGE TO DISABLED FLORIDIANS"

December 1998, Florida

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."


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From the December 1998 Jeb Bush Governor-elect website, shortly before his first oath of office for Governor of the State of Florida, (archived). Available through "Wayback Machine".

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.

1 posted on 03/29/2005 2:11:57 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Oh, here it comes, another Jeb is a Judas thread. Can we please not?


2 posted on 03/29/2005 2:12:42 PM PST by mcg1969
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To: mcg1969

Please provide your evidence and input that he did not say these things?


3 posted on 03/29/2005 2:13:11 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (FR and FREEPERS show their COURAGE if they can equally oppose G.O.P & Dems, on major/moral issues)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

No one is disputing that he said them.


4 posted on 03/29/2005 2:13:42 PM PST by RushCrush (The FReeper formerly known as Alias."If we love our country, we should also love our countrymen" RWR)
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To: mcg1969
Please kindly hit the "abuse" button then.

I'll abide by the FR Moderator's opinion.

Thank you.

5 posted on 03/29/2005 2:14:39 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (FR and FREEPERS show their COURAGE if they can equally oppose G.O.P & Dems, on major/moral issues)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
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.


6 posted on 03/29/2005 2:14:42 PM PST by Diogenesis (Si vis pacem, para bellum)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Like all politicians, Bush is one.


7 posted on 03/29/2005 2:14:49 PM PST by Blzbba (Don't hate the player - hate the game!)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

8 posted on 03/29/2005 2:14:55 PM PST by advance_copy (Stand for life, or nothing at all)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

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)


9 posted on 03/29/2005 2:15:09 PM PST by Darkwolf377 (When DUmmies said "Not my country" we called them traitors.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

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.


10 posted on 03/29/2005 2:15:13 PM PST by Next_Time_NJ (NJ demorat exterminator)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Seems like he has lived up to all of his principles. He deserves our thanks.


11 posted on 03/29/2005 2:15:22 PM PST by The Ghost of FReepers Past (Legislatures are so outdated. If you want real political victory, take your issue to court.)
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To: mcg1969

Gov. of Florida's new limo

12 posted on 03/29/2005 2:16:07 PM PST by joesnuffy (The generation that survived the depression and won WW2 proved poverty does not cause crime)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

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.


13 posted on 03/29/2005 2:16:58 PM PST by flaglady47 (O)
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To: mcg1969

He's Pilate, not Judas.


14 posted on 03/29/2005 2:17:05 PM PST by Sir Gawain (Jeb Pilate and the Republican Congress: Standing by while someone dies)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Good idea.

Done.

Thanks.


15 posted on 03/29/2005 2:17:12 PM PST by mcg1969
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To: mcg1969

Heroic is only as heroic does.


16 posted on 03/29/2005 2:17:23 PM PST by Natural Law
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To: advance_copy
Please hit 'abuse'.

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.

17 posted on 03/29/2005 2:17:33 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (FR and FREEPERS show their COURAGE if they can equally oppose G.O.P & Dems, on major/moral issues)
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To: Sir Gawain

Duh, silly me.


18 posted on 03/29/2005 2:17:43 PM PST by mcg1969
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To: mcg1969
Oh, here it comes, another Jeb is a Judas thread. Can we please not?

But FR needs it's hourly "Bush is a Nazi" "Bush is Pilate" "Bush is a murderer" thread.

19 posted on 03/29/2005 2:19:04 PM PST by COEXERJ145 (Believing in Internet Polls is Like Believing in the Tooth Fairy)
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To: AmericanInTokyo; mcg1969

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.....

(not lead?)


20 posted on 03/29/2005 2:19:38 PM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It!)
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To: mcg1969
Not a single person who attacks the Bush brothers for their alleged inaction in this case have mounted a single commando style mission on the hospice to free Terri themselves.

They have to ask themselves if they've done enough.

21 posted on 03/29/2005 2:20:43 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: flaglady47
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 by "letting her die." We're not.
22 posted on 03/29/2005 2:22:02 PM PST by mcg1969
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Jeb is a worthless hypocrite who should never run for any office again.
23 posted on 03/29/2005 2:22:05 PM PST by Tax Government (Support the Senate's "Nuclear Option" -- a rules change to dislodge DEATHocrats. Contribute to FR.)
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To: Next_Time_NJ
"Jeb is not to blame in my opinon.. You know who is? That d*ckhead husband of hers."

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" -

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1372730/posts

24 posted on 03/29/2005 2:22:23 PM PST by drt1
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To: AmericanInTokyo
What about it editorially do you object to?

I've got nothing against Jeb Bush's speech. And no, there's no abuse here. But you describing it saying, "I could not have found anything more ironic", seemed like an invitation to "blame Bush" and I'm getting sick of that.
25 posted on 03/29/2005 2:22:42 PM PST by advance_copy (Stand for life, or nothing at all)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
This is a time of setting new directions in care for people with disabilities here in Florida....What kind of care would that be Jeb?

STARVATION??? NO CARE????

26 posted on 03/29/2005 2:23:13 PM PST by SweetCaroline (I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me...Philippians 4:13)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
So he's a hypocrite, Tom DeLay too, what's the big deal? I doesn't take away from the fact that this is an issue that's best resolved through the legislative branch.
27 posted on 03/29/2005 2:23:20 PM PST by denver larry
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To: xzins
He is the supreme executive of Florida, he believes an injustice is taking place, and he has decided to....

Follow the law? Good or bad, that is what he must do.

28 posted on 03/29/2005 2:23:23 PM PST by Shryke (My Beeb-o-meter goes all the way to eleven.)
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To: mcg1969
Oh, here it comes, another Jeb is a Judas thread.

Jeb is no Judas. He's more of a Peter.

29 posted on 03/29/2005 2:23:37 PM PST by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: dead
Not a single person who attacks the Bush brothers for their alleged inaction in this case have mounted a single commando style mission on the hospice to free Terri themselves.

Exactly. Well said.

30 posted on 03/29/2005 2:24:07 PM PST by Shryke (My Beeb-o-meter goes all the way to eleven.)
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To: Mr Ramsbotham
Jeb is no Judas. He's more of a Peter.

Aren't we all.

31 posted on 03/29/2005 2:24:33 PM PST by mcg1969
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To: dead

William Large, Deputy Chief of Staff
850-488-5603 (office)
850-922-4292 (fax)
william.large@myflorida.com

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.

http://www.sptimes.com/2005/03/20/Tampabay/Schiavo___Come_down__.shtml
http://worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=43419
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1366624/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1367576/posts

Please SHOW GOVERNOR BUSH THE DOCUMENTS FROM ALAN KEYES AND LARRY KLAYMAN
http://www.rightmarch.com/media/JudicialReview.doc
TELL HIM TO EXERCISE HIS CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY, AND TAKE TERRI SCHIAVO INTO PROTECTIVE CUSTODY RIGHT AWAY

http://www.conservativealerts.com/terri-tj.htm
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1366335/posts

CC:

Raquel Rodriguez, General Counsel
850-488-3494 (office)
850-488-9810 (fax)
raquel.rodriguez@myflorida.com

Governor Jeb Bush
850-488-4441 (office)
850-487-0801 (fax)
http://capwiz.com/sicminc/mail/?id=9483&type=GV&state=FL


32 posted on 03/29/2005 2:24:39 PM PST by E-Mat
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To: E-Mat

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?


33 posted on 03/29/2005 2:26:21 PM PST by mcg1969
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To: flaglady47

Ditto to every word you posted!


34 posted on 03/29/2005 2:29:27 PM PST by Mears ("Call me irresponsible".)
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To: Next_Time_NJ

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.


35 posted on 03/29/2005 2:30:57 PM PST by sergeantdave (Smart growth is Marxist insects agitating for a collective hive.)
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To: xzins
Your's sounds reasonable enough. I wouldn't use the "Treason" word, either.

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.

36 posted on 03/29/2005 2:33:02 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (FR and FREEPERS show their COURAGE if they can equally oppose G.O.P & Dems, on major/moral issues)
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To: mcg1969

Any chance Jeb EVER had of becoming president he blew two weeks ago!!


37 posted on 03/29/2005 2:33:19 PM PST by CROSSHIGHWAYMAN (NO PRISONERS!!)
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To: dead

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.


38 posted on 03/29/2005 2:33:27 PM PST by savedbygrace ("No Monday morning quarterback has ever led a team to victory" GW Bush)
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To: flaglady47
"For all ostensible purposes she is totally functionless other than to lie there day after day, year after year..

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.

39 posted on 03/29/2005 2:34:30 PM PST by Spunky ("Everyone has a freedom of choice, but not of consequences.")
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To: dead
Not a single person who attacks the Bush brothers for their alleged inaction in this case have mounted a single commando style mission on the hospice to free Terri themselves

Bravo!

40 posted on 03/29/2005 2:36:03 PM PST by SirAllen (Liberalism*2 = Communism)
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To: dead
Not a single person who attacks the Bush brothers for their alleged inaction in this case have mounted a single commando style mission on the hospice to free Terri themselves

Hypothetical hostage demands,

"We want an IV and a feeding tube for Terri or we'll kill her . . . uh - or kill ourselves, . . .or somebody else - yeah that's it!"
41 posted on 03/29/2005 2:36:24 PM PST by Bear_Slayer (If you're gonna be a Knight act like a Knight.)
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To: denver larry
I doesn't take away from the fact that this is an issue that's best resolved through the legislative branch.

it was resolved through the legislative branch. The Floria courts said, "FU." The Executive branch needed to pick up the ball. It didn't.
42 posted on 03/29/2005 2:37:46 PM PST by Bear_Slayer (If you're gonna be a Knight act like a Knight.)
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To: dead
Exactly, I'm so tired of these people passing judgment and threatening political retribution on Gov. Bush. So many are criticizing him after he tried everything he legally could. I'd like to see them all get together and take the steps they want the Governor to take. I guess the "go to jail, lose your job, lose your home, shame your family" stuff is just for somebody else.
43 posted on 03/29/2005 2:39:13 PM PST by scars
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To: AmericanInTokyo
The charges against Bush are really unfair. Why don't you and the others criticizing him go break the law yourselves in an effort to save her. You pay the price.

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.

44 posted on 03/29/2005 2:40:02 PM PST by The Ghost of FReepers Past (Legislatures are so outdated. If you want real political victory, take your issue to court.)
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To: Shryke

what law is it that he's following?

No one ever knows the name of it.


45 posted on 03/29/2005 2:40:34 PM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It!)
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To: flaglady47

"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.


46 posted on 03/29/2005 2:40:49 PM PST by The Lumster
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I want people to know that many of the KEYWORDS on this article I posted here, have been added to in the last 10 minutes. A number of the "Keywords" are not mine. Thanks.
47 posted on 03/29/2005 2:42:37 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (FR and FREEPERS show their COURAGE if they can equally oppose G.O.P & Dems, on major/moral issues)
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To: mcg1969

Good. The thread still stands. :-) I guess that's our answer.


48 posted on 03/29/2005 2:43:14 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (FR and FREEPERS show their COURAGE if they can equally oppose G.O.P & Dems, on major/moral issues)
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To: Mears

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.


49 posted on 03/29/2005 2:44:32 PM PST by mcg1969
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To: SirAllen
There have been many statements like this -- and they seem illogical to me. A commando-style mission by a group of private citizens has a high chance of failure. It also doesn't have any legal authority behind it. Chiding people for not rescuing Terri is pointless. It's basically saying "I don't see you committing an impossible and utterly foolish act!"

On the other hand, the Governor has Executive power, and the resources of the State Police at his disposal. He is the one person, other than the President, with the most capacity to rescue Terri, and has the legal authority to do so. That's why it's perfectly logical, and appropriate for us (the powerless) to admonish Governor Bush (the powerful) to do what he can -- which is so very much more than we can do.
50 posted on 03/29/2005 2:44:49 PM PST by atomicweeder
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