This, along with ranting hysterical screeds from Peggy Noonan claiming people like me have a “passion for pulling the plug” on Terri Schiavo, is the type of sophistry and appeals to emotion that got us into this mess in the first place:
A Few Questions…
What if Terri Schiavo were a five-year-old child with no apparent disability, and the “rule of law” said she should be starved to death?
What if you saw that five-year-old on television begging for a drink of water and saying she was in pain?
How many of you would be concerned with states rights or separation of powers then?
How many people would be able to say that this “very personal matter” should be “left to the courts to decide”, and then just forget it was happening?
Terri Schiavo is not five years old, she is 41.
Despite the nonsense propagated in the last couple of weeks, Terri Schiavo is not disabled. She is in a persistent vegetative state, and has been for 15 years. She will not recover. Not ever.
The “rule of law,” is not saying that she should be starved to death, the “rule of law” says that we, as people with a deep respect for individual liberty, should act in best faith, in accordance with the law, to do what we can determine with her wishes. It has been determined, through careful, studious, tedious, and repeated litigation that Terri would not have wanted to live in this state, and she is being taken off of her feeding tube in order to acquiese to her wishes.
If I saw a five year old on television begging for a glass of water, the first thing I would do is slap the shit out of the cameramen and newscasters for not giving her the water. Is that what you think this is all about- a thirsty five year old?