18 March 2005

Hypocrites all

    Yet in instances like this one, where there are serious questions and substantial doubts, our society, our laws and our courts should have a presumption in favor of life. Those who live at the mercy of others deserve our special care and concern.
      George W. Bush
      talking about the Terri Schiavo case

    While driving back from the speech later that day, Bush mentions Karla Faye Tucker, a double murderer who was executed in Texas last year. In the weeks before the execution, Bush says, Bianca Jagger and a number of other protesters came to Austin to demand clemency for Tucker. 'Did you meet with any of them?' I ask.
    Bush whips around and stares at me. 'No, I didn't meet with any of them,' he snaps, as though I've just asked the dumbest, most offensive question ever posed. 'I didn't meet with Larry King either when he came down for it. I watched his interview with [Tucker], though. He asked her real difficult questions, like 'What would you say to Governor Bush?' 'What was her answer?' I wonder.
    'Please,' Bush whimpers, his lips pursed in mock desperation, 'don't kill me.'
      "Devil May Care" by Tucker Carlson, Talk Magazine, September 1999, p. 106
      (For the record, Tucker never asked to be spared during the Larry King Live interview)

Fucking hypocrite. Excuse the language, but it applies here. It is so appalling and despicable. He was so cavalier dispensing death in Texas. It makes me sick to hear him talk about a presumption in favor of life! Fucking hypocrite!

The Terry Schiavo case frightens me to no end. What right do these self-righteous bastards have to interfere in the gut-wrenching and immensely private decisions that Michael Schiavo has to make on his wife's behalf. In death penalty cases, they say that the courts have spoken and decry the delay tactics made on behalf of the condemned. Yet the courts have spoken here, ruling that Ms. Schiavo would not want to live like this and that her husband is rightly carrying out her wishes. In response they've used every tactic in the book. Hell, they even tried to pass a law.

Here is the latest new on this story. The Senate health committee (GOP controlled, surprise) wants Michael Schiavo and Terri Schiavo to appear in front of the committee. As if they haven't suffered enough, now they want to grill him on TV and make him defend what may have been the hardest decision in his life. I feel so sorry for the Schiavos. They are made to suffer so some politicians can further their political agenda. I feel sorry for her parents, to, by the way. Their false hopes are being exploited by these same politicians.

Fucking hypocrites!

1 comment:

PapaGoose said...

Since the Congressional subpoenas were issued, the presiding judge ruled that Terry Schiavo's feeding tube can be removed.

This case really illustrates how important it is for all legally competent adults to have a Living Will or advanced directive indicating their wishes regarding healthcare decisions should they become incapacitated.

I ask that question on an almost daily basis, and fewer than 10% of the patients we treat have such a document.

Free forms from all states can be found through this website:

US Living Will Registry