Saturday, March 26, 2005

Terri Schiavo Case: Right-Wing Hypocrisy Knows No Bounds

The Republican mantra over the last two decades has been "We need smaller government. Let's get the government off of our backs". In the case of Terri Schiavo we find the Bush administration playing the role of big government interfering in the private lives of US citizens. This hypocrisy is even more stunning when you take into account that when George W. Bush was governor of Texas he backed a law that said the hospital, not the family would have final say in determining if an incapacitated patient should live or die. The Miami Herald reports that Jeb Bush was planning to send police to the hospital in order to insert the feeding tube, completely ignoring the dictates of a federal judge. Ten children were killed in Minnesota in a Colombine-like incident....as of March 26, 2005 President Bush has said NOTHING about this. But he can get out of his bed at 2:00AM to put himself into the fray of the Terri Schiavo case. It is obvious that the right wing involvement in the life of Terri Schiavo is to take the heat off of Tom Delay. The most influencial man in congress finds himself knee deep in the big muddy with three accusations of improper conduct. If Tom Delay is able to walk, this will set a precedent. Like minded ultraconservatives will have destroyed the constitution and our democratic form of government. When vice-president Dick Cheney ignored a subpoena by the General Accounting Office I could see that we were moving in that direction. If the U.S. citizenry let's Delay off the hook we are headed for limitless demagogery. Anyone who reads this message and has a firm belief in democracy should be writing their elected officials to let them know that Tom Delay should not be above the law and that Terri Schiavo's husband should be the one who makes the final decision as to if an attempt should be made to extend her life.

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