If the concept of a campaign on the “culture of life” weren’t so frightening and hypocritical, it’d be funny.
Those wacky pseudo-republican neo-cons bowing to pressure from a freak minority. Wow.
I think, and this was shown with Roe v. Wade over and over, that Americans, no matter which side of the fence they fall on, find decisisions about life and death should be private, within the family, and that family unit should not be threatened by governement intervention regarding their most private decisions.
DeLay called on the Senate to pass a broader bill, championed by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis.,
The proposed Protection of Incapacitated Persons Act, which the House passed before agreeing to a narrower Senate bill that dealt only with Schiavo, would give jurisdiction to federal courts in any case in which there are questions about withholding food or medical treatment from an incapacitated person.
I feel completely bulldozed by a small group of creepy fanatics and those who pander to them. Thank god the judges stuck to the letter of the law and evidence as presented ad infinitim.
It seems, if the “culture of life” fanatics have their way, you wouldn’t be able to make end of life decisions at all, even if they were in writing! Either that or they’re *cough* hypocrits. If it is murder for the husband to make the decision when one in writing is lacking, is it not murder to make the decision yourself beforehand? Can you never “pull the tube”? Funny, Tom DeLay has had to pull the plug on loved ones. But that was different. Right.
“I never thought I’d see the day when a U.S. judge stopped feeding a living American so that they took 14 days to die,” De Lay said yesterday.
Um. Asshole, it happens EVERY DAY. There are tens of thousands of people in a persistant vegetative state in this country, and their families (and yes, sometimes judges) have to make this decision every single day. Not to mention the gazillions on other forms of life support.
On Wednesday, Judge Stanley Birch Jr., a conservative appointed by the former President George H. W. Bush, wrote a rebuke of Bush and Congress. He said the action by the White House and lawmakers was “demonstrably at odds with our Founding Fathers’ blueprint for the governance of a free people — our Constitution.”
The utter hypocrisy of campaigning for a culture of life while cutting medicaid, school lunch programs, food stamps et al makes my little head spin. You want Terri Schiavo to live in a vegetative state for the rest of her life, but do they want to pay the $80,000 a year it costs for the bed and care? Her parents TRIED to take care of her. They had her at home and it was too much. They couldn’t do it.
Barring the lack of a living will, who has the right to make the decision for you, your husband or Tom DeLay? Your parents or Dubya?
In any case, the past two weeks have been horrifying to watch. I don’t think it matters what your personal feelings on the matter are, most people are sickened at the idea that the goverment can just step in, willy nilly, and make these decisions for you.
And for the record, if it had been me? I would have let her parents have her, disagree as I might. Terri isn’t/wasn’t suffering any more. The parents and family clearly were. However, I do believe Michael Schiavo was doing what he thought was right.
The usual SF Chronicle articles:
DeLay blames judicial system, promises new legislation
Sen. Kennedy calls Republican leader’s words ‘reprehensible’
btw – I write these entries all the time, I just don’t usually post them. Why now? I think I’d like to go on record as saying “you people are NUTS!”
Also, you should read Andrew Sullivan every day.
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If my comment fields are empty I’ll keep it to myself (mostly) in the future. Heh. Or maybe not. Nyah!
EDIT: Oh, and my juiciest nugget didn’t even make it in. Bush, as usual=HYPOCRITE
The Texas law, Mayo said, tends to keep such cases out of court, allowing life-support decisions to be made privately. However, within the last month two Houston cases went to court. One case resulted in a baby being removed from life support; he died soon afterward. The other led to the transfer of an elderly man to a nursing home.