Monday, March 21, 2005

More Thoughts on the Schiavo Case

The only thing worse than a liar is a liar that's also a hypocrite!
Tennessee Williams (1911-1983), playwright

The battle between Terry Schiavo’s husband and her parents is a very sad and cruel story. I wonder if somewhere money is at the issue for Mr. Schiavo. The New York Times said the dispute started over a million-dollar malpractice suite, but it didn’t elaborate. I also wonder if there is a life insurance policy looming somewhere, otherwise why wouldn’t the husband divorce her and let the parents administer care if they want to?

Just as odious on another level are House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) and the sycophants who want the money he raises and Republicans who cater to the overzealous religious fringe.

DeLay should remind people of the crooked evangelist who rants only louder of the evils of Satan as the authorities are about arrest him. DeLay is doing his best to draw attention away from inquiries into fund-raising improprieties in Texas and potential violations of House travel rules in Washington. Senator Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn) is simply a Gumby doll for the White House, and as a physician should know that Schiavo will never recover.

If the Republicans were really trying to save lives, they might consider legislation to curb gun sales. One American young person is killed by gunfire every hour, making firearms the second leading killer of youths, after accidents.

Here is another thought. Why is Florida always having its court battles taken to the federal level? There was the Elian Gonzalez case, the Bush presidency, and now the Schiavo matter. Is this what happens when your brother is president?

Additional sites that have interesting comments:
The dogs breakfast
Poliblog

9 comments:

someguy said...

Misanthrope: If Rep. De Lay is using Terri's fight as a diversion to draw attention away from an investigation into alleged wrongdoing on his part, that is gruesomely unethical. (I say "If.")

But there are serious unanswered questions about this case that would set a very dark precedent for others that would follow. On The Mark's comment on your earlier post that this is what Terri wanted has not been substantiated. She left nothing saying so in writing. The only source for this assertion is her husband, who has had two girlfriends since Terri's been in a coma, and has two children by the current one.

IMHO, more substantial evidence should be required before condemning an innocent woman to a painful, lingering death--unless we think that unfaithful spouses should have the authority to decide our fates on verbal testimony alone. And the comparison with the relative humaneness of the death penalty is very pertinent.

(Sorry for these long comments. I hope I'm not goat-ropeing your bandwidth or anything.)

someguy said...

Misanthrope: If Rep. De Lay is using Terri's fight as a diversion to draw attention away from an investigation into alleged wrongdoing on his part, that is gruesomely unethical. (I say "If.")

But there are serious unanswered questions about this case that would set a very dark precedent for others that would follow. On The Mark's comment on your earlier post that this is what Terri wanted has not been substantiated. She left nothing saying so in writing. The only source for this assertion is her husband, who has had two girlfriends since Terri's been in a coma, and has two children by the current one.

IMHO, more substantial evidence should be required before condemning an innocent woman to a painful, lingering death--unless we think that unfaithful spouses should have the authority to decide our fates on verbal testimony alone. And the comparison with the relative humaneness of the death penalty is very pertinent.

(Sorry for these long comments. I hope I'm not goat-ropeing your bandwidth or anything.)

someguy said...

Sorry for the double comment! I didn't mean to do that!

The Misanthrope said...

Someguy, I don't think it is just Rep. DeLay. The House has circulated talking points on how to make political hay out this matter. The senator in Florida is up for re-election in 2006 and they are hoping this matter will make a difference for getting a Republican in. Make no mistake this is a terrible case, but the separation of power between state and federal has once again been blurred in Florida.

Anonymous said...

I read the husband waited 8yrs before deciding that she wouldn't want to be this way, and started the process of having the tube removed. Surely after two years or less it would have been obvious she wasn't getting better. So if he waited 8yrs, why? His main argument is that she wouldn't have wanted to be this way. Then why did he let it go on for 8yrs? I think he met someone, had children, ( and he should ) and wants to move forward with his life. If that is the case, give her to her parents, unless there is money involved like you and everyone else wonder.

Anonymous said...

Just found out Terri's husband will be on Larry King this evening. Maybe he will finally shed some light on this whole ordeal.

KOM said...

The great Conservative, sitting in the war room, looks over the case of Terri Schiavo.

"We must not let this happen!"

"YEAH!" scream the sycophants.

"We must do whatever is possible to make sure that this woman is allowed to live! Life is sacred!"

"YEAH!" scream the sycophants.

Ring.. ring..

"Hello? Yes. No clemency. Let him fry."

"I was saying... Life is SACRED!"

8ZERO8 said...

Well said. You have a very interesting blog.

The Misanthrope said...

8zero8, thank you. We do put some thought into the items we write about.