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Terri Schiavo: My Sister's Regret
Townhall ^ | 3/31/08 | Bobby Schindler

Posted on 03/31/2008 5:17:23 PM PDT by wagglebee

Recently, and for the second time in less than a year, presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama stated that his greatest regret as a Senator was not objecting to a vote that was intended to help save my sister from being dehydrated to death.

Senator Obama went so far as to say that this type of “inaction” (failure to speak out against the Senate’s unanimous consent to allow Terri the same due process allowed the most vicious of criminals) can sometimes prove to be just as costly as taking action. One has to wonder what could possibly have been “more costly” than the loss of innocent human life.

At a Democratic rally in Florida in February 2006, Senator Hillary Clinton scolded the Republicans in an effort to single them out for intervening in Terri’s situation, even though the effort to save her passed the Senate with bi-partisan support.

In an August 2006 interview with Esquire Magazine, Senator John McCain said the following: “I understand the frustrations a lot of Republicans feel. We’re not representing their hopes and dreams and aspirations. We worry about Ms. Schiavo before we worry about balancing the budget.”

One of these candidates will be our next President, and the fact that they can make such statements with little to no fanfare from our secular media, or any noticeable outrage from the general public, is a chilling reminder of how far we have drifted as a nation.

It would be interesting to see if there would have been a similar reaction—or lack of one—if, at the time of Senator McCain’s service to his country, a ranking U.S. senator made this comment: “I understand the frustrations a lot of Americans feel. We’re not representing their hopes and dreams and aspirations. We worry about saving POWs like John McCain before we worry about balancing the budget.”

How is that statement any different than what John McCain said about Terri? Terri was an American citizen and was supposed to be protected. But she wasn’t. In fact, we treat animals better than we treated her. Her country failed her, and despite Senator Obama’s remark, that inaction can be “costly” for Terri paid the ultimate cost—her life. Now others like her face the same type of treatment unless our leaders do more to protect them.

There is a lethal bigotry against the disabled in our country and it’s getting worse, in particular against the cognitively disabled—human beings who are being killed every day in our nation. If left unchecked it will likely threaten the lives of everyone who is not able-bodied. This is especially problematic when you have potential leaders who have made it abundantly clear that they are going to do nothing to protect the value and dignity of people like my sister.

I often wonder if our presidential candidates would make such insensitive and callous comments if this were their child or if they had ever known someone like Terri.

Perhaps they could take time to visit my parents and see the agony and torment that remains with them every single day as a result of having to needlessly watch their disabled child slowly killed by dehydration and starvation.

Maybe as president they could explain why my parents were told by the armed police guarding Terri that if either of them tried to give her ice for her bleeding lips they would be arrested immediately.

Maybe my parents could remind all three candidates, who are parents themselves, that a mother and father value nothing in life more than their children and want only to love them unconditionally and protect them in every way possible—a right you can no longer take for granted.

March 31st will mark the third anniversary of my sister’s brutal death. Sadly, it is a day that reminds me of what our nation has become, bringing back horrible images of a hideously inhumane death and how the judge who sentenced Terri to die also, in essence, sentenced my parents to death with her.

Senator Obama said that his biggest regret was allowing Congress to try to help my sister. I wish I could ask Terri about her biggest regret, because as things turned out I’m certain that hers would have been that she was born in an America where life is no longer viewed as precious and worthy of protection.

As I think about the future of our nation I can’t help but remember the words of one of our founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson: “The care of human life and happiness and not their destruction is the first and only legitimate object of good government.”


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: euthanasia; moralabsolutes; obamatruthfile; prolife; terrischiavo
As I think about the future of our nation I can’t help but remember the words of one of our founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson: “The care of human life and happiness and not their destruction is the first and only legitimate object of good government.”

Words that now seem lost.

1 posted on 03/31/2008 5:17:24 PM PDT by wagglebee
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2 posted on 03/31/2008 5:18:04 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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3 posted on 03/31/2008 5:18:27 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee

Rest in peace, Terri. We who are still here will keep fighting.


4 posted on 03/31/2008 5:19:03 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (It's not conservative to accept an inept Commander-in-Chief in a time of war. Back Mac.)
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To: floriduh voter; BykrBayb; bjs1779; Lesforlife

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5 posted on 03/31/2008 5:19:22 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee

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6 posted on 03/31/2008 5:19:43 PM PDT by JessieHelmsJr
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To: All
Today is the third anniversary of Terri's death; whatever your personal beliefs on the subject, I would ask that, at least today, you refrain from negative comments and respect the fact that many of us have very strong feelings about what was done to her.

Thanks and God Bless

7 posted on 03/31/2008 5:20:08 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: Mr. Silverback; All

Miss you Terri


8 posted on 03/31/2008 5:20:13 PM PDT by Poetgal26 (God bless the US Military and our vets! (RIP Sgt Matthew Maupin))
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To: Mr. Silverback

Yes we will!


9 posted on 03/31/2008 5:20:41 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee
How many candidates in the race support abortion?
10 posted on 03/31/2008 5:21:28 PM PDT by bjs1779
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To: wagglebee

I am still stunned at what happened to Terri and will never allow a loved one to stay hospitalized in Florida, a death state. It was a crime.


11 posted on 03/31/2008 5:25:00 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys--Reagan and Bush)
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To: wagglebee
McCain said the following: “I understand the frustrations a lot of Republicans feel. We’re not representing their hopes and dreams and aspirations. We worry about Ms. Schiavo before we worry about balancing the budget.”

I didn't know that he said that. I am appalled.

12 posted on 03/31/2008 5:25:10 PM PDT by Bahbah (Typical white person)
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To: bjs1779

Two out of three. Obama even played a crucial role in killing the Born Alive Act here in Illinois when he was a state senator.


13 posted on 03/31/2008 5:32:16 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (It's not conservative to accept an inept Commander-in-Chief in a time of war. Back Mac.)
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To: wagglebee

Just when I think I just might hold my nose and vote for the old fart, McCain opens his yap and spews. Disgusting statement from a small, sad man.


14 posted on 03/31/2008 5:33:37 PM PDT by don-o (My son, Ben, reports to Parris Island on June 30.)
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To: don-o
Don-o, I know he's an old jerk, but there are two reasons you should vote for him:

1. He's pro-life, the other two are the hardest of hardcore pro-aborts.

2. Your son--and mine--deserves to have a C-in-C who is the real deal, not a brainless twit.

15 posted on 03/31/2008 5:40:04 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (It's not conservative to accept an inept Commander-in-Chief in a time of war. Back Mac.)
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To: Mr. Silverback

That is true. I know it.


16 posted on 03/31/2008 5:44:54 PM PDT by don-o (My son, Ben, reports to Parris Island on June 30.)
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To: wagglebee

I think of two episodes of the last ten years or so:

1) Federal marshalls hold off the family of 6-year old Elian Gonzales at gunpoint so they can ship him off to communist Cuba.

2) The government stands by and allows Terri Schiavo to be dehydrated until dead.

—And I wonder if we have lost our soul.


17 posted on 03/31/2008 6:30:32 PM PDT by CZB
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To: wagglebee

Maybe as president they could explain why my parents were told by the armed police guarding Terri that if either of them tried to give her ice for her bleeding lips they would be arrested immediately.


Just ask McCain. Do this to a woman in Florida, it’s all about the “rule of law.” Try it with a terrorist at Gitmo, well, that’s “torture.”


18 posted on 03/31/2008 6:35:44 PM PDT by CZB
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To: wagglebee

May God have mercy on us.


19 posted on 03/31/2008 6:47:03 PM PDT by Jerry Attrick (<B>)
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To: wagglebee
When Jeb Bush went on national TV and whined about his hands being tied in terms of being able to help Terri( outside of legal appeals), I knew then that his political career was finished. What a coward.
When Congress cleared its throat to say something meaningful and forceful while Terri's murder was taking place, and nothing came out but platitudes, I knew then that the Republicans would lose in 2006.
20 posted on 03/31/2008 6:57:50 PM PDT by zeller the zealot (Are Republicans the Party of Life, or is that too risky?)
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To: wagglebee

I agree. Many of us felt a little of their agony of helplessness-like standing at the foot of the cross, I would imagine, even if you did not know He was God-unable to undo or prevent the injustice.


21 posted on 03/31/2008 7:12:09 PM PDT by fetal heart beats by 21st day (Defending human life is not a federalist issue. It is the business of all of humanity.)
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To: zeller the zealot

If I had been Jeb, I would have sent in the troopers, and then told the feds that if they didn’t like it they could come get me.


22 posted on 03/31/2008 7:42:17 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (It's not conservative to accept an inept Commander-in-Chief in a time of war. Back Mac.)
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To: wagglebee

The memory of Terri will live with me and countless others for the rest of our lives. I remember Terri and her suffering, but also the faith, courage and dignity that her family showed through those heartbreaking weeks. Evil was there, but there were a lot of important people and good people there too who tried to help her, to save her. My prayers now are all for her parents and brother and sister. Terri doesn’t need prayers anymore because she is happy in Heaven.


23 posted on 03/31/2008 7:52:42 PM PDT by chgomac
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To: wagglebee

I still cannot wrap my head around the fact the entire premise of the court case between terri and her husband was an off the cuff remark terri made to her husband about “not wanting to live like that “while watching a movie....how could it end 10 or so years later by a court ordered starvation..liberalism is truly a mental illness


24 posted on 03/31/2008 8:16:27 PM PDT by ditch bank guru (yet there are soulless men whose hand and mind tear down what time will never give again!!)
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To: wagglebee

my biggest regret was not being able to see Terri live... one of the greatest heartbreaks of my life.. I didn’t know her.. but I did what I could to help... the whole thing sickened, frightened and saddened me.. but what do you expect of Obama, the man who said if his daughters became pregnant, he wouldn’t “punish” them by forcing them to have babies.. life is disposable and throwaway to these people.. they would spend thousands on no kill animal shelters but not one dime to save a human being.


25 posted on 03/31/2008 8:20:41 PM PDT by Awestruck (All the usual suspects)
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To: wagglebee

Ubama = pro-death

Hildebeast = pro-death

McLaim = pro-death

It’s a three-way tie! Are we supposed to close our eyes in the voting booth and just accept whatever vile creature we accidentally vote for? Or are we allowed to write in a human being?


26 posted on 04/01/2008 12:35:21 AM PDT by BykrBayb (In memory of my Friend T'wit, who taught me much. )
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To: wagglebee
What's ALSO lost is the idea that ELECTED pols are SUPPOSED to represent we, the people and what we, the people want.

It's pathetic that this country is so lost that MOST think that we, the people think they have to abide by the pols dictates.

27 posted on 04/01/2008 1:44:14 PM PDT by mommadooo3 (Old concept in justice. If the law won't take care of it, it's just us.)
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To: BykrBayb

McCain is not running for all the people. Clearly, he’s running cuz it’s his turn in his opinion. It’s not a good year for candidates. Not at all.


28 posted on 04/01/2008 9:44:45 PM PDT by floriduh voter (FL Gov. Crist "This is America. I can wear whatever I want. I believe in freedom." You go, girl.)
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To: wagglebee
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29 posted on 04/02/2008 4:39:24 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: Mr. Silverback; don-o
McCain is not really pro-life. According to National Right to Life's stats, he's a no-show for most pro-life votes. If he cared about pro-life issue, he would be there. See the NRLC Senate Score Card
30 posted on 04/03/2008 12:36:19 PM PDT by MockTurtle
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To: MockTurtle; don-o
McCain is not really pro-life. According to National Right to Life's stats, he's a no-show for most pro-life votes. If he cared about pro-life issue, he would be there. See the NRLC Senate Score Card

That's the report card for the current Congress. Note that Senators Obama and Clinton (we could hardly say they aren't committed on abortion!) also missed several votes. That's because they're running for President. On that report card, only presidential candidates (including Joe Biden) and the injured Tim Johnson missed more than one vote. But take a look at this score card...

http://www.populationconnection.org/Reports_Publications/Reports/dl/455 where McCain voted against all but one item a bunch of population control weirdos wanted, and these NRLC 108th and 109th Congress report cards, where he's in on every vote and he gets an 81% and 75% respectively. In fact, I think he should have gotten a 100% for the 108th, because the two votes where he disagrees with the NRLC are Medicare funding issues. BTW, note the ratings that Obama and Hilllary got on those report cards: 100% from the population control freaks and 0% from the NRLC. Note especially that they voted against Roberts and Alito and McCain voted for them.

McCain sure has his flaws, but on the pro-life issue the choice this year is between good and absolutely abyssmal.

31 posted on 04/03/2008 2:30:27 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (It's not conservative to accept an inept Commander-in-Chief in a time of war. Back Mac.)
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To: ditch bank guru
I still cannot wrap my head around the fact the entire premise of the court case between terri and her husband was an off the cuff remark terri made to her husband about “not wanting to live like that “while watching a movie....how could it end 10 or so years later by a court ordered starvation..liberalism is truly a mental illness

Consider this: If I was on camera with you during the Super Bowl and told you (in front of about 2 billion people) that I wanted you to have all my stuff when I died, it would have absolutely no force in law, because wills fall under the statute of frauds, the technical requirement that certain transactions only be conducted on paper. For example, you can't sell real estate on a handshake deal.

Yet Terri's supposed "living will" was a half-remembered decade old conversation. And the most stunning part is that there are people who don't see why that's scary. This ruling was scary even if Terri Schiavo wanted to die.

32 posted on 04/03/2008 2:35:02 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (It's not conservative to accept an inept Commander-in-Chief in a time of war. Back Mac.)
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To: BykrBayb
McLaim = pro-death

You're mistaken. See post 30.

33 posted on 04/03/2008 2:36:06 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (It's not conservative to accept an inept Commander-in-Chief in a time of war. Back Mac.)
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To: BykrBayb
McLaim = pro-death

Oops, make that post 31.

Darn it, I are supposed to be more smarterer than that. ;-)

34 posted on 04/03/2008 2:37:00 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (It's not conservative to accept an inept Commander-in-Chief in a time of war. Back Mac.)
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