March 27, 2005

Simmah Dahn Nah

I have a lot of sympathy for the family. The protesters, on the other hand, are asshats.

The noise prompted Schiavo’s brother, Bobby Schindler, to come out and ask protesters to tone down their behavior.

“We are not going to solve the problem today by getting arrested,” he told the restless crowd. “We can change laws, but we are not going to change them today … You are not speaking for our family.”

Polls are showing that most people agree with Michael Schiavo’s position, the law and Terri’s wishes.

Even among christians:

A Time Magazine poll released on Sunday found a majority of Americans surveyed who called themselves born again Christians or evangelicals agreed with the decision to remove Schiavo’s feeding tube. The poll was conducted March 22-24.

People do not see this as a culture of death. They see it as a personal decision that they would make for themselves, and a bunch of meddlesome, grandstanding government officials getting as much mileage as possible.

So, where are these protestors coming from? When they were checking out FOX news and heard “remove feeding tube” they thought it applied to them.
Or maybe they thought it was a NASCAR event. Your guess is as good as mine. Because they don’t appear to be adding anything to the discussion. Well, except for that one clever stunt to try to bring water to Terri — on which she would have drowned, since she can’t swallow. These protesters don’t inspire confidence that they actually understand what’s going on here.

Posted by James at March 27, 2005 9:12 PM
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Jon Stewart's take on the insanity: Culture of Strife (video clip)

Posted by: Mike at March 27, 2005 10:20 PM

I wish the moron with the water had gotten through so he/she could be charged with attempted murder or something.

I also loved the clergy trying to force their way in to offer her communion. Since communion is so important, I'm sure they have been doing this constantly for the last fifteen years, right?

Anyone else want to use this poor woman and her much maligned husband for free publicity?

Posted by: briwei at March 27, 2005 10:39 PM

Well, I was going to go down there and try to get on TV by having my daughters arrested -- wearing an Aces Full of Links T-Shirt to promote my blog, but you took the wind out of my sails.

Mwahhhh. :O

Posted by: James at March 28, 2005 12:02 AM

Oh, that Daily Show clip is priceless. Jon Edwards of Crossing Over? Fox and Friends is insane.

Posted by: James at March 28, 2005 12:16 AM

I find it frightening that Congress, in their "culture of life" legislation, told the federal courts to overrule the state courts. It is odd, is it not, that the Republicans--champions of states' rights--would overrule themselves in such a dramatic way? This time, pandering to "the base" wasn't such a hot idea. Ironic, isn't it, that they are referred to as the "base"? For they truly are.

This week's Economist has an article on this case, entitled "The sad case of Terri Schiavo: A ghastly dilemma which Congress and George Bush have only made worse"

"The Schiavo bill is an extraordinary piece of federal interference in the judicial system. In order to get it passed, the Republicans had to limit their bill to Mrs Schiavo; but it will surely justify a surge of similar heart-breaking requests. The bill also specifically tells the federal judge to examine the case 'notwithstanding any prior state-court determination'. The Republicans, who are usually stern defenders of states' rights, may come to rue the day when they urged the federal system to ignore them."

This could not be more true.

Posted by: Patti M. at March 28, 2005 8:32 AM

Yes but don't you think congress should involve themselves directly every time they take someone off life support?


Posted by: James at March 28, 2005 9:46 AM

There's a whole lot of "duh" going around lately.

Posted by: Patti M. at March 28, 2005 10:04 AM

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