Skip to comments.Republicans have way to protest party's takeover by religious right
Posted on 03/30/2005 8:45:00 AM PST by stan_sipple
the (relatively silent) majority of Americans feel(s) that the most compassionate treatment for Terri Schiavo - as well as the proper legal course of action - is to let her vegetative existence end, as advocated by her legal guardian, her husband.
For Republicans who consider their party a captive of the religious right on matters like medical research and right-to-die legislation and now legislative intrusion into the judicial system, there is a way to at least feel more comfortable with their political consciences.
That way is to leave a party whose leadership is currently attempting to leave behind in the dust of American constitutional history the principle of separation of powers that has served this country well for more than 200 years.
the religious conservatives deeply involved in the case believe in an afterlife - eternal life in circumstances considerably more appealing than lying in a hospital bed in a vegetative state for 15 years, being kept alive by food and liquids fed into your body through a hole in your abdomen.
Wouldn't the more compassionate course be to release Terri from a vegetative existence in the belief you are sending her on to a better life after death?
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Yes, but it isn't our decision to make. We could say the same thing about disabled infants, Alzheimer's patients, quadriplegics... the list goes on.
His take is inaccurate.
Most Americans would say that they would not want to live that way, and they are projecting.
A lot of Americans say that it should be the husband's decision and not the parents.
A lot of Americans say that it's a matter for the state and not the federal gov't.
And most Americans are basing their opinions on incomplete information.
Don't forget that the constitution says its a matter for the state and not the federal government.
The Pope is now on a feed tube and unable to speak or swallow foods......so by their standards, he should be starved to death too. According to their standards, he is now "sub-human"
It just kills me when people accuse the Omaha World-Herald of being "reactionary," when in fact while it once was conservative, that was a very long time ago.
And the former editor Harold Andersen was part of the problem; a limousine liberal masquerading as a "moderate" Republican.
I think money does something to people; once they get it, they tend to forget the ordinary people, they tend to forget what it was like, being poor (as was Harold Andersen in his younger days so long ago).
Such people develop this notion that now that they're affluent and comfortable, so is everybody else, nobody's been left behind, we're all doing fine.....and so let's spend some taxpayer money on this, on that, on this thing over there, on that other thing, because we all can afford it.
For all I know, Harold Andersen might be a nice guy, but it is apparent from this distance that he forgot his roots a long time ago.
Only one small problem with this.As Christians,we are to be Christ-like.I don't remember Jesus letting the blind stay blind,the lame to stay lame,those with palsy to keep it,those who were to be stoned left to die,or even Lazarus to stay dead. If Jesus were here today,I highly doubt he'd stand by and let this happen,no matter what the law says.He would go to her and heal her affliction.He wouldn't just throw up his hands and say,"Well,the courts have spoken".(If they want to really bring the Christian religion into this,they will reap what they sow.Because under no circumstances in the Christian bible does it say to just let someone die.)
"Wouldn't the more compassionate course be to release Terri from a vegetative existence in the belief you are sending her on to a better life after death?"
And Joan Kennedy was found this morning lying on a street in Boston unconscious with a broken shoulder. She's a ward of her children. Do you suppose they'll have her care yanked?
no kidding.. if the religious right owned the party, Terri wouldn't be in trouble.. nor would the country.
There's nothing quite like starting off with a false premise by which to make an opinion transparent.
I don't like the Schaivo case "defining" the Republican Party, which the media is trying to do. Plenty of liberals didn't want her feeding tube pulled, but no one ever mentions them.
I also didn't like the movie The Passion defining the Republican Party, which the media attempted to do. There are plenty of Republicans who are not Christian, who didn't see the movie, or didn't like what they saw on screen. What the heck is political about that?
I would rather the zelots and the government stay as far away from me and mine as is humanly possible.
Someone in the news media telling Republicans how they should think.
Well, she should be thankful she doesn't live in Florida
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