I just found this in a news article concerning the most recent failure by Terri Schiavo’s parents to get their way:

Randall Terry, who is acting as a spokesman for Schiavo’s parents, said Bob and Mary Schindler were not giving up, and again slammed Gov. Bush for not strong-arming the court.

“The governor blinked. The governor blinked,” Terry said. “We can only hope the governor is huddling with his attorneys and he is determined with his constitutional authority to enforce the statutes.”

I almost cannot believe I am reading this. This is like a really un-funny Onion satire piece. Jeb Bush personally applied to become Terri’s legal guardian, and was denied by the court. Now Terri’s parents are angry at Bush for failing to (ab)use his power as a State Governor to force the court to give it to him anyway.

I am completely, utterly appalled.

Earlier, [Judge] Greer had also barred the Department of Children & Families in an emergency order from taking custody of Schiavo. The new filings from Gov. Bush and DCF contained allegations that Schiavo’s husband Michael had mistreated her, along with physician testimony that she was not in a persistent vegetative state.

Allegations of abuse by Michael Schiavo are purely speculative. There is no evidence whatsoever that this happened. It comes from hearsay and speculation from a witness nurse who admitted that she never actually saw or heard firsthand any such abuse.

The number of physicians who argue that Terri is not in a PVS is, to my count, 3. At least 2 of those physicians have questionable expertise in the particular field of Terri’s disability (Sen. Bill Frist, for example, was a heart surgeon and a family practitioner). That 3 out of dozens of others who claim otherwise. The woman is missing something like 80% of her brain. She reportedly has a flat EEG. By my layman’s investigation, she meets the criteria for a PVS patient, and there is a lot of misunderstanding about exactly what PVS is and how people in a PVS act.

This is pure madness. Legislative bodies are trying to circumvent courts, and executives are trying to circumvent legislatures. The roles of the three branches of government in the United States are clearly defined and they may not — must not — usurp each other’s powers.

Terri’s wishes to not be kept alive in this manner have been established. The Florida court weighed the issue carefully some years ago, and even noted in their decision that it is standard for the courts to be biased in favor of life. Even so, the evidence that Terri would prefer to die was so overwhelming that it was incontrovertible, and even now courts refuse to review the case. It’s a done deal from a legal perspective, and Terri’s wishes should be respected.

Terri Schiavo has become a lightning rod of the highest order for various political and social groups on all sides. Perhaps from the fallout we will gain new caution regarding the overlapping of the branches of government (national polls suggest that the American public is reacting overwhelmingly negatively to government interference in this, regardless of whose side they are on).

Perhaps most other Americans are, like me, revolted to the core by this shameless political maneuvering, which has become so aggressive that it shocks even people who are jaded to such shenanigans in American politics.

It frightens me, this intensity, and the ease with which it has risen to this level. Only the steadfastness of the judicial branch at the state and Federal level has prevented it from collapsing into true lawlessness.

7 Responses to “I Literally Feel Like I'm Going To Puke”
  1. Mithras says:

    So … who are you voting for in the mid-terms?

  2. Luke says:

    Y’all seem frustrated with corruption and inanity, both in society and in government; what is there to do about it?

  3. Kyle Haight says:

    I can’t speak for Anne, but I haven’t made up my mind yet as regards the mid-term elections. It depends on what else happens in the interim, and what kind of positions the Democrats run on. If they’re still a bunch of America-bashing appeasement monkeys I won’t vote for them. (The Democrats have hardly covered themselves with glory in this whole mess, either. If the value they provide is in opposing the wackiness of the religious elements of the right, then where is their opposition right now? As I recall, that idiotic Schiavo bill passed out of the Senate pretty much unanimously, and the House wasn’t a whole lot better.)

    Anyhow, given that I live in California, my mid-term vote won’t do much to impact the GOP nationally. The odds of my district electing a Republican Congressman seem to be about nil, I don’t think we even have any Senators up for election this time around, and whatever else you can say about Ahnuld he isn’t a member of the religious wing of the Republicans.

    I will say this, though — if the GOP continues acting like this over the next few years, they will lose power no matter how I vote. And they’ll deserve to.

  4. Anne Haight says:

    What Kyle said.

  5. syn says:

    I can’t speak on behalf of any religion but religious or not, our society is cultivating a very narrow-minded view of that which we determine to be Life. The fact that we have become so numb to our narrow-minded view is even more troubling. Babies in the womb are determined just to be a bunch of cells while severely brain damaged human lives are deemed souless empty shells of a body? Who is next to be determined lifeless and not worth living? This influence scares me more than any political posturing by some politicians.

    That said, the political landscape will completely go berzerk when science identifies the homosexual gene and gays will lead the fight to impose a law aimed at outlawing the practice of aborting gay babies. The abortionist movement won’t have a prayer in the world against the gay movement. How in the world will a law be designed to protect the life of a gay person but exclude protecting the life of a disabled person?

  6. Pride says:

    How in the world can anyone assume anything about what science will or will not discover? If a “homosexual gene” is discovered and there are people who want to abort “gay babies” then I should only hope that all of America fights to stop those abortions. There is nothing wrong with being gay. Homosexuality is not equivalent to any kind of mental defect or disorder.
    I’m not sure I understand why that was even brought into a discussion about Terry Shiavo.
    I definately do NOT understand how you made a gay person equal to a disabled person. I also don’t understand what you are protecting by trying to keep Terry Schiavo alive. She wanted to be allowed the peace of death if she were in a PVS. Why take that away from her? Why make her a household name in her last moments?

  7. Anne Haight says:

    That said, the political landscape will completely go berzerk when science identifies the homosexual gene and gays will lead the fight to impose a law aimed at outlawing the practice of aborting gay babies. The abortionist movement won’t have a prayer in the world against the gay movement. How in the world will a law be designed to protect the life of a gay person but exclude protecting the life of a disabled person?

    Say what? What does any of that have to do with my post? For that matter, what does it mean?

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