Tuesday, March 22, 2005

The Terri Schiavo Fiasco

I know this is probably in poor taste, but I cannot wait until this is over. I had a hard time discerning just what side I was on throughout this tragedy. I am a Libertarian who swings way right on most matters, so I am usually on the GOP side. But on this one, I am on the fence. I hate to see news clips of this poor woman looking like a vegetable and I most certainly would not want to live in that physical state (for my loved ones, please keep this in mind if something like this ever happens to me), however I cannot see what is "humane" about letting this woman starve to death.

While I have an opinion on just about everything, this article by Richard Lowry helped make sense of it all. At least I can have an opinion on the sick opportunists that use this poor woman's tragedy to get their name in the press for the day.


Blogger RJ Ross said...

I'm with you on this issue. Terri's husband was right when he said there is no happy ending here. The grandstanding by Delay and the rest is just sickening. The Republicans hated Federal meddling until they got to be the meddlers. Now they seem hellbent on being nuttier than the Democrats. Hopefully this will be a boon for the Libertarians.

5:30 PM  
Blogger kcluva said...

rj ross,

Thank you for taking time to comment on my post. You (and Terri's husband) are 100% right, there is no happy ending here. Unfortunately, both sides are falling over each other to make bigger jerks of themselves! Take care!


8:22 PM  
Blogger pacmd said...

No issue in the news has had me more enraged than this.

I have spelled it all out to my wife, parents, friends. 2 weeks tops, unless I am making obvious progress on a daily basis.

Laying in a nursing home is torture. I mean torture. I am a physician and I watched loved ones sit there with bed sores, infections, suctions tubes to clean sputum, etc. Whatever her condition, anyone would be humiliated, and would feel nothing like a human being in her condition.

Pulling a tube is removal of an artificial means of life support. She can not chew, she can not swallow, she can not taste or smell. That part of her brain function will not return. Brain cells do not regenerate. Had the tube never been inserted by surgery, she would never have survived this long. If the husband wanted her to die, he would not have had the tube inserted years ago. The reason he did was to give her a chance to get better.

The Christian majority is out to lunch on this one. The uninformed idiots on the news are surreal. It is wrong to make every issue about Christianity in government. Another government in the mid 1930's tried the same thing in Europe. They also used to make stuff up so they could invade other countries.

7:36 PM  
Blogger kcluva said...

Thank you for taking the time to comment on my post. Sorry I have taken so long to get back. I was away in the Dominican Republic for vacation.

I agree that it must be torture to lay in bed for years on end. That is why I would never want my family to keep me in that state. I would rather die, however, starving doesn't sound all that appealing. Inject me with something that I'll enjoy on my way out.

About your comment about Christianity, the influence of Christianity in today's government is quite different than the one in the 1930s that you cited. This one wanted her to live. The one you are referring to encourage euthanasia and/or suicide for people who could not perform at their optimal levels. In fact, they made propaganda movies about talented people who suffered paralyzing injuries and glorified the choice of suicide rather than be less than 100%.

10:37 AM  

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