Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Gov. Bush Seeks to Take Custody of Schiavo

Terri Schiavo's parents saw their options vanish one by one Wednesday as a federal appeals court refused to re-insert her feeding tube and the Florida Legislature decided not to intervene in the epic struggle. Refusing to give up, Gov. Jeb Bush sought court permission to take custody of Schiavo.

Given that Jeb's own daughter has had real problems with nose candy and prescription drug fraud, I'm not sure a court would agree that he would be a fit guardian. And, of course, there are the interesting words of Governor Bush, one of the authors of the current media circus, when his family was under the klieg lights:

"This is a private issue as it relates to my daughter and myself and my wife."

But I digress.

Two Schiavo points that I have not seen elsewhere:

1. Would Bill Frist, Tom Delay and Jeb Bush be falling over themselves in orgiastic "culture of life" rituals to save a gay black man felled by complications from AIDS? Judging by the right-wing silence regarding the sad case of Sun Hudson in Texas, one must assume the answer is no. Which brings us to:

2. Many of the articles on this case point out that Schaivo's heart atack was brought on by bulimia. The jury in the malpractice case brought on her behalf whacked about 2/3rd of the award because the jury thought she was partly to blame for her collapse.

The Bush Social Security plan and the Republican-sponsored evisceration of the bankruptcy laws are both evidence of a general dedication on the Right to the individualization of risk -- if your life doesn't pan out, don't come looking to society to bail you out. And yet, incredibly, these paragons of consistency seem bound and determined to bring the full force and effect of the entire federal government to bear to rescue this woman who, though unfortunate, had a hand in her own tragedy.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Notice the evangelicals do not believe their own stuff. If they believed they were going to Heaven, why wouldn't they want Terri to go there now? Why keep her on earth?

9:26 PM  
Blogger Monkeibusiness said...

I am always amazed at how people spin arguments for their purpose and pick the ones they want to take on. For instance removing a feeding tube, it's cruel some would want you to believe but if that is the case feeding tubes should never be pulled regardless. Same thing with life. How can you be so pro-life and so pro death penalty. And abortion, how come its ok to terminate a fetus if it is a product of rape or incest. Isn't that still an unborn child? I don't know, I just see a ton of hypocrasy here.

4:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's because their priests are part of the catholic conservative cabal that believe the current papacy is too liberal. They've convinced the family and many folks she'll go straight to hell if she dies this way.

It's such a mean and pathetic case of using religion to torture and manipulate this family for the purposes of power and control. This is a prime example of why separation of church and state IS such a big issue, and why these guys are so clueless about what morality actually constitutes.

11:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The problem with the right is they have no respect for individual dignity. The stand of the left on abortion, death penalty, euthenasia are all about the right of the individual (or their guardian) to make a PERSONAL choice. And the right says religious dogma (and THEIR religious dogma) should force the state to intervene in these personal decisions. Even when the person is forced to live in an undignified state, or the persons viewpoints allow for abortion.

The right talks about 'personal responsibility', but they have no respect for quality of life and personal dignity of the individual or the family. They prefer to pollute water and air with mercury than to curb big business, yet they want to intervene in the personal choices that often result from their corporate irresponsibility.

Hypocracy is the best word to describe the right. They talk a great game, but it's basically contraditory nonsense.

11:24 AM  

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