Wednesday, March 23, 2005

WFB Sums Up My Schiavo Case feelings

The Terri Schiavo case is a tragedy for the parties involved, both her parents and her husband, and especially Terri herself. Of course, now it's become something of a national travesty as well, and certainly a travesty for traditional small-government conservatives like myself. Congeress has been out of control recentlely, sticking it's nose in places it doesn't belong (Steroid heraings, I'm looking at you) and creating massive deficits with too much spending. Ronald Reagan, who Congressional Republicans keep claiming to admire, is probably doing 360's in his grave out in California for what these so-called "Conservative Republicans" are doing. Never in a million years did I think that a Republican-led Congress would intervene in the muddled yet sad case of one poor woman who is, for all anyone can really tell, beain dead. That is simply an area in which the Federal Government need not intercede, as the State of Florida is allowed to set it's own laws on the subject, free from Federal interference. The Republican response to charges that they are stomping on state's rights is to give half-baked assessments of the case not based entirely in fact. Tom DeLay, who was responsible for the Republican ascendency and may also cause it's fall, is just scummy enough to have no right to call Michael Schiavo, who in the final analysis seems to be a normal, if not perfect, human being, names and accuse him of insensitivity. It's been 15 years since Terri went away, and he didn't say "kill her" immediately, he waited until every doctor said there was no hope, and then did what he believed she wanted. That's Florida state law, and the Congress of the United States should have stayed far away.

Of course I feel for the parents and family of Mrs. Schiavo as well, the Schindlers. They claim that Terri communicates and that she understands them. But as every reputable doctor in the case disagrees, one gets the impression that they are seeing what they want to see in their daughter, not what is actually there. They are also devout Catholics, and the Church opposed assisted suicide, and while this is not quite a right-to-die case, the starvation aspect of Terri's demise make it an emotional hot plate. But at a certain point, the Schindler's are going to have to accept that theit beloved Terri is really gone. It seems that after 15 years and 19 judges, the law is clear and the doctors are mostly unanimous in saying she is gone and not coming back.

Over at national Review Online, where there has been a vigourous debate on both sides of the coin, William F. Buckley, the Dean o modern Conservatism, says that enough it enough. That Terri should be allowed to die, and that the state is not killing her, something I totally agree with. He decries the politicization of the issue, by both sides now, though the damn GOP leadership started it with that stupid memo. I think we all wish this had never happened, and that Terri and Michale Schiavo both had a long happy marriage. But it didn't happen. For so-called "Conservatives" to abandon the principles of States rights because it didn't, and to insert the Federal Government into an area where it does not belong risks turing the tragedy of one family in the destruction of what was once a powerful political force, the small-government Conservative. Congressional Republicans should be ashamed. And I pray for the Schindlers and the Schiavos. That's all we can do, and that's all we should do.


Blogger Joseph said...

The Republicans certainly didn't start out as advocates of states-rights. They're simply reviving their old principles.

Thu Mar 24, 01:04:00 AM 2005  
Blogger C.M. Burns said...

Yes, I don't think Lincoln was a State's rights guy. I didn't think a party could devolve that far...Hopefully it stops.

Thu Mar 24, 10:45:00 AM 2005  

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