Hell, everyone else has weighed in on the Terri Schiavo case, so why not me? Here’s the count so far: husband wants to let her die, parents don’t. Husband, claiming Terri had spoken about not wanting to live this way, gets Florida court order to remove her feeding tube. Parents appeal to the feds. Federal ruling is pending. The Republicans and Christian Right, cementing their hold on modern American discourse, have miraculously driven this private case to the front pages, above ongoing war, pending war, terrorism, global disasters, foundering economies and political scandals. Gotta give the bastards credit.
Here are my observations:
- Isn’t it odd that the same people who demand the strengthening of states’ rights and the need for the federal government to get out of our lives are the very same people demanding that the federal government step in to overturn a perfectly legal state ruling? I see, they’re for states’ rights unless they need Congress to pander to their base.
- Isn’t it interesting that the same people who trumpet loudly about the sanctity of marriage and of spousal rights are so very eager to deny the spousal rights of Michael Schiavo?
- All this “sanctity of life” crap would ring a lot more convincingly if it weren’t spouted by the same people who fight like hell to execute minors and mental deficients, and who gleefully drop bombs on legions of innocent non-brain dead people in foreign countries.
Hypocrisy thine name is the American Right. If only the President and his goose-stepping minions were as concerned for the oceans of people going hungry in America and abroad, the children of the working poor, or even the limbless bloody civilians victimized in their foreign wars, as they claim to be for this single woman whose living status is questionable at best.
Lastly, let’s consider the one thing no one else seems to: that when the federal government became involved in this case it was to enforce the will of the people. Well, what do the people want? Recent polling data, in outlets from Fox News to the Washington Post, show that an overwhelming majority of Americans back the husband. A 2003 Fox News poll (yes, Faux News), showed that a mere 2% of Americans believe the government should be involved in this case at all.
So what’s my personal final verdict? Put the feeding tube back in. Yep, you heard me. Why? Because food and water are basic, not extraordinary, means. Starving someone to death, regardless of her cognitive state, is cruel. If her body is to die, give her a drug. If it’s good enough for executed convicts and family pets, it’s good enough for someone’s wife and daughter.
From Charley Reese, the wisest curmudgeon south of the border:
“…The only prevailing morality in the country is greed. Greed has corrupted politics, law, science, medicine, education and even the church.
Greed is not the exclusive vice of the rich. The poor are greedy, too; they are just less competent. Every time we choose to buy a cheaper product from a multinational corporation rather than a product from a local merchant, it is because of greed and stupidity. It is greed because we would rather save a few dollars than support a fellow member of our community. It is stupid because the multinational corporation sucks money out of a community and therefore contributes to its impoverishment. It is greed that allows people to be lured by advertising into spending themselves into debt. It is greed that is making health care unaffordable even for the most prudent.
It is greed when we vote for the man who promises tax cuts even though we should know that reducing government revenues while demanding more government services is a formula for ultimate bankruptcy. It is greed when we covet another people’s resources and resort to force and subversion rather than fair trade to get them. Greed corrupts, pollutes, impoverishes and kills.”
And greed is undeniably linked to moral corruption of another kind. Tales of US military abuse against Iraqis continue to compile. The latest is a revelation that children as young as 11 were held by the Americans at Abu Ghraib. Go ahead, spineless conservative lurkers, defend that! The money quote, attributed to Major General Wodjakowski: “I don’t care if we’re holding 15,000 innocent civilians. We’re winning the war.” Yeah right. Winning. Are only retards allowed to become Generals in the US military?
Courtesy of Neil H., here’s another in the regular mindless US conservative attacks against Canada. Really now, there’s a lot to criticize Canada about, but this guy misses all the salient points.
As we jump back and forth on this blog between politics, health issues, literature, reality TV and the fascinating minutiae of my life, let us segue yet again to another vital topic: unsimulated sex in movies! At long last, this link will allow you to view the unsimulated oral sex scene between Vincent Gallo and Chloe Sevigny, from the movie The Brown Bunny, which was once heralded as the worst film ever shown at Cannes. Enjoy, my droogies, enjoy.
I leave you with this cartoon, courtesy of the ex-girlfriend’s sister:
The Apocalypse is officially nigh: I, Raywat Deonandan, actually agree with a neocon position, to wit their missive on the PNAC website titled, Europe, China and the Arms Embargo: The Implications of European-Chinese Partnership for American Interests. Specifically, I think it’s irresponsible for Europe to be moving toward lifting the West’s embargo of arms sales to China, though perhaps my motivations are different from those of PNAC.