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April 4, 2005

Patrick Buchanan on "The Execution of Terri Schiavo"

Topics: Commentary

Always willing to speak his mind, Patrick Buchanan has more than a few words for all of us in America, where already "three in 10 in the dawn of life never see the light of day - they are destroyed in the womb because their very existence embarrasses or would encumber their parents." Now, Pat reminds us that "in the twilight of life, we have begun to provide our elderly ill with the means of assisted suicide. In Europe, euthanasia has become involuntary in some nursing homes. In the shadows of life - the sick, the needy, the handicapped - there is now in this land we once called "God's country" a chance the state will put you to death."

- The American Cause
Terri Schiavo is dead. She did not die a natural death, unless you believe a court order to cut off food and water to a disabled woman until she dies of starvation and thirst is natural.

No, Terri Schiavo was executed by the state of Florida. Her crime? She was so mentally disabled as to be unworthy of life in the judgment of Judge George Greer. The execution was carried out at Woodside Hospice. An autopsy will reveal that Terri's vital organs shut down for lack of food and water. She did not die of the brain damage she suffered 15 years ago. She was put to death. We have crossed a watershed in America.

Michael Schiavo's argument that Greer found compelling was that this is what Terri wanted and she had told him so, though Michael never mentioned this until eight years after she was disabled.

Did Terri, at 26, really tell the man to whom she swore lifelong fidelity to find a way to kill her if she became handicapped? Is that what she had in mind when they pledged to stand by each other "in sickness and in health, 'til death do us part"?

Was Terri that different from her mom, dad, brother and sister, who fought with all they had to keep her alive so they could take care of her for all the years she had left? Why, one wonders, did this severely handicapped woman fight for two weeks against the dying of the light?

America is a great country because she is good country, and if ever she ceases to be good, she will cease to be great, Alexis de Toqueville is quoted as saying. Are we that America today? Are we the same kind of people? Would the country we grew up in have done this to a disabled woman?

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cross posted at Hyscience

Posted by richard at April 4, 2005 8:56 PM


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I guess these leaves our legislatures one choice. They can stand up for what they truly believe in, without being stifled by being a political figure, or they can be a political figure and remain inhibited. Congress should have gotten involved IF they had truly ordered the correct thing to be done. IN that, DE NOVO was to be fully performed. Which is NOT what happened. In fact, they all should have been involved, from Congress to the President. Period!
If they had acted without the influence of "the political public opinion polls, nor the influence of trying to WIN Americans over, this country would be better all the way around. Whether or not anyone agrees doesn't really matter. It mattered to Terri's parents, and Terri. It's placing JUSTICE where it belongs and the includes standing up for the things which are "RIGHT", regardless of what other people think. You don't want to vote for someone who protected a human life, then don't. Doesn't bother me one bit!

Posted by: IMJ at April 4, 2005 9:22 PM

I guess this leaves our legislatures one choice. They can stand up for what they truly believe in, without being stifled by being a political figure, or they can be a political figure and remain inhibited. Congress should have gotten involved IF they had truly ordered the correct thing to be done. IN that, DE NOVO was to be fully performed. Which is NOT what happened. In fact, they all should have been involved, from Congress to the President. Period!
If they had acted without the influence of "the political public opinion polls, nor the influence of trying to WIN Americans over, this country would be better all the way around. Whether or not anyone agrees doesn't really matter. It mattered to Terri's parents, and Terri. It's placing JUSTICE where it belongs and the includes standing up for the things which are "RIGHT", regardless of what other people think. You don't want to vote for someone who protected a human life, then don't. Doesn't bother me one bit!

Posted by: IMJ at April 4, 2005 9:23 PM

How is it that a man who in a deposition before the malpractice trial could not get vital dates and information correct, suddenly remember after eleven years that his wife said that she would "not want to live this way". To me this is the one aspect of this case that defies reality. The judge was wrong to state that either MS or his brother and sister in law were credible witnesses.

Posted by: Maggie4life at April 4, 2005 10:25 PM

Michael Schiavo's credibility is the real issue. He has none, never has and never will.

You don't have to be a lawyer or a psychiatrist to see what this guy really is.

Posted by: Susan Nunes at April 4, 2005 11:31 PM

http://theempirejournal.com/judges_in_schiavo_case_maynot_have_qualified_for_Office.htm

IMPORTANT NOTE:

DURING ELECTIONS FOR CIRCUIT JUDGE, GREER MAY NOT HAVE OFFICIALLY QUALIFIED FOR OFFICE! IF NOT, HE SHOULD NOT BE JUDGE! See the above website.

Posted by: juleni at April 5, 2005 12:10 PM

Maggie,

See my comments to you on an earlier post. I've always said that satan has no imagination. He has written one script for these abusive men and with only slight variations they all play the same scene over and over. My ex, who was also into strangling me, lied constantly and often for no reason at all. I got to the point where I wouldn't believe him if he said he had gone to the bathroom.

And once you have smelled one skunk you always know the order at the first whiff.

Posted by: mary et. al. at April 5, 2005 1:05 PM

Excuse me--odor, not order. Typo

Posted by: mary et. al. at April 5, 2005 1:06 PM