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Republicans have way to protest party's takeover by religious right
Omaha World Herald/Omaha.com ^ | 3-27-05 | Harold Andersen

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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Standard RINO line from a limousine liberal whose newspaper genuflects to the pro-choice pro-population control "oracle of Omaha" Warren Buffet
1 posted on 03/30/2005 8:45:03 AM PST by stan_sipple
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To: stan_sipple
Um, the paleocons and the libertarians really need to get out and show some political drive. If they don't they need to just stop their bitching.
2 posted on 03/30/2005 8:46:59 AM PST by bahblahbah
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To: stan_sipple
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?

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.

3 posted on 03/30/2005 8:47:40 AM PST by SandyInSeattle (Official RKBA Landscaper and Arborist, Pajama Duchess of Green Leafy Things)
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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.


4 posted on 03/30/2005 8:49:17 AM PST by Madeleine Ward
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To: Madeleine Ward

Don't forget that the constitution says its a matter for the state and not the federal government.


5 posted on 03/30/2005 8:51:49 AM PST by VaBarrister
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To: SandyInSeattle

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"


6 posted on 03/30/2005 8:52:01 AM PST by TexasTaysor
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To: stan_sipple

What garbage.


7 posted on 03/30/2005 8:52:18 AM PST by SIDENET
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To: stan_sipple

Uh-huh.

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.

Yeah, right.

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.


8 posted on 03/30/2005 8:52:29 AM PST by franksolich (coming soon (April 17): the Albania ping list)
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To: stan_sipple
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?

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.)

9 posted on 03/30/2005 8:53:52 AM PST by quack
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To: stan_sipple

"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?"

Yes.


10 posted on 03/30/2005 8:53:56 AM PST by tkathy (Tyranny breeds terrorism. Freedom breeds peace.)
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To: TexasTaysor

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?


11 posted on 03/30/2005 8:53:59 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic (" I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just. " A. Lincoln)
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To: Madeleine Ward
And most Americans are basing their opinions on incomplete information.

I'd say this is the best explanation. Even Fox is giving mixed information and we all know MSM is slanting all the "facts" or ignoring anything in her favor
12 posted on 03/30/2005 8:54:25 AM PST by TexasTaysor
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To: stan_sipple

no kidding.. if the religious right owned the party, Terri wouldn't be in trouble.. nor would the country.


13 posted on 03/30/2005 8:54:30 AM PST by Awestruck (Yes, prayer does help and it is important~!)
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To: stan_sipple
I am beginning to see that the there is going to be a split in the GOP. On side wants to return to the country club days and become the Democrat lite party. The other is the moral conservatives who want to restrict infanticide and euthanasia.

I can see it here in FR. The religious right is treated at times like the minorities are in the DNC. Just vote straight ticket, and "we know what is best."

This whole Terri Schivio case maybe the breaking point. The religious people are getting fed up, and the power structure is just praying that she dies soon so they can go back to normal.
14 posted on 03/30/2005 8:55:16 AM PST by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: 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.

There's nothing quite like starting off with a false premise by which to make an opinion transparent.

16 posted on 03/30/2005 8:55:55 AM PST by Carry_Okie (There are people in power who are really stupid.)
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To: stan_sipple

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?


17 posted on 03/30/2005 8:57:05 AM PST by Veto! (Opinions Freely Dispensed as Advice)
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To: stan_sipple
Seems about the right course to me.

I would rather the zelots and the government stay as far away from me and mine as is humanly possible.



18 posted on 03/30/2005 8:57:06 AM PST by G.Mason (If you get upset that I ignore you please feel free to contact the management)
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To: stan_sipple

Someone in the news media telling Republicans how they should think.


19 posted on 03/30/2005 8:57:21 AM PST by Kenny Bunkport
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Well, she should be thankful she doesn't live in Florida


20 posted on 03/30/2005 8:57:28 AM PST by TexasTaysor
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