March 23, 2005

Not That You Wanted to Hear This . . .

James sums up the facts in the Terry Schiavo case. Obviously, we need to get a little more organized around this issue as a society. We need more living wills. But it's very hard to paint Michael Schiavo as some kind of monster.

P.S. "We're the party of small government. We're here to help you."

Via Say Anything.

Posted by Attila at March 23, 2005 12:36 AM
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Good link. Jinnji did a piece on this, noting she'd never seen such venom over an issue. Savage says Terri's a Christ-like figure & our nation stands or falls on her fate. Sully is thoroughly enjoying the conservative meltdown over the whole affair. And I humbly defer to the judges. It's particularly galling to see so-called conservatives like Taranto doing a 180 (he actually accused the circuit court of judicial restraint)

Posted by: jeff at March 23, 2005 06:01 PM


As one person put it, are you willing to kill an invalid for your belief in small government?

Posted by: anon at March 23, 2005 07:58 PM


I like the term "invalid" here. If I were in a similar situation for a decade and a half, I'd hope that I didn't end up in film clips on the internet.

If I cannot think, there is no point in living.

Keep me comfortable, and pull out the tube.

Posted by: Attila Girl at March 23, 2005 09:31 PM


Buckley has a good piece in NR. And Anon makes the point: the Schiavo case should end once & for all the pro-life movement's phony talk of states' rights. They've shown that exactly like their opponents, they're willing to go to any lengths - including writing unconstitutional midnight legislation - to impose their beliefs on everyone else. Which is fair. Let's just not hear any more nonsense about Roe violating states rights from people who couldn't give a rat's ass about states rights. And should it surprise us that the moral imperative of life doesn't genuflect to a mere legal abstraction?

Posted by: jeff at March 24, 2005 06:29 AM


Probably not. But the whole thing is pretty distressing, given the violence and chaos of the world we live in. The woman isn't suffering, and won't suffer.

If you want to do some good, help build infrastructure in Afghanistan and Iraq: there are live children there who need food. And unlike Schiavo, they feel hunger.

No concern for law. No concern for those who are actually suffering. Just concern for someone who's technically alive, but has been in a sort of limbo for 15 years. Not even a child: a full-grown woman who used to be healthy and vital.

Posted by: Attila Girl at March 24, 2005 11:52 AM


Hillary hasn't had a such a great week a long time. Did u see the frothing about the 'rigged poll'? Turns about CBS did a poll that was clear about the terms & the results were the same: people felt Congress was out of line

Posted by: jeff at March 24, 2005 06:04 PM


But what does it matter if we shred the party and the pro-war coalition and weaken our actions against terrorism? If we just save ONE LIFE, we will have done the moral thing!

I mean, isn't it better to let Hillary have the White House than to abandon this poor woman, who is theoretically LIVING?

Do you have NO FEELINGS?

Posted by: Attila Girl at March 24, 2005 07:01 PM




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