I’m Not Sick of Talking About It

This will be my final commentary on Terri Schiavo. I find it mildly amusing that CNN.com showed a picture of Terri for the past two weeks, the picture of her in her hospital bed, obviously a victim of serious brain damage. Now that she has been successfully killed, they show the cute picture of her before the accident when she was 26.

It’s the subtle ways the media exerts its influence that are the most interesting to me.

And so the American “justice” system works as it is designed, or at least how it has evolved. The right to life guaranteed by the Constitution is no longer a right if you can’t speak for yourself.

Michael gets to be “next of kin” even though his next of kin is actually the woman he’s lived with the past 7 years and had two kids with.

To me, the debate was never over who should make the call. The call should never have been in human hands. State sanctioned killing has been going on in this country for a decade, and many other countries started the same way. We have countries now that have progressed to the point that handicapped children under 14 can be “mercy killed” if a doctor decides they are clinically depressed. Thank god we’re not to that point here. Yet.

20 years ago, euthanizing someone would have made people’s skin crawl. Today, it’s considered doing them a favor.

Getting from point A to point B has taken a lot of effort from the left. I applaud their persistence in driving their agenda.

Sometimes, I am embarrassed by the decisions made by leaders on the right, which is where I normally hang my hat. Today, I thank god that the right stood up for what was right, even where they had no legal standing, and likely at the detriment of their own political careers. More than the left’s agenda, I applaud those that chose to take the moral highground even at the risk of their careers.

It’s not easy to stand up for what’s right when it’s the unpopular opinion. The Civil Rights movement of the 60’s, the Pro Life movement of the 80’s, and the Pro Terri movement of 2005 all had one thing in common… People who stood up for principle no matter what the circumstance.

So are we “sick of talking about Terri?” It’s the ultimate cop out for those in favor of killing Terri. If I had a dime for every time I read someone’s entry that said that, I could retire.

I will never grow sick of defending someone’s right to life. We can try and spin the conversation back to “quality of life,” “federalism,” “next of kin,” or even “due process,” but the fact is, those are distractions from the real issue.

So no, I’m not sick of talking about Terri. I’m sick that most of America believes she should die. I’m sick that most of America thinks Michael should make the call in spite of the fact he’s moved on with his life. I’m sick that I’m told to shut up for speaking in her defense. And most of all, I’m sick that Terri had to pay for our screwed up system with her life.

But as someone pointed out to me, amidst cussing me out, “God gets to deal with Michael Schiavo, not you, Incredipete.” Well, this is somewhat moot, because I never claimed to have any power over the situation. But, in the broader statement, that person was correct.

“They are a nation without sense, there is no discernment in them. If only they were wise and would understand this and discern what their end will be!

It is mine to avenge; I will repay. In due time their foot will slip; their day of disaster is near and their doom rushes upon them.”

The LORD will judge his people and have compassion on his servants when he sees their strength is gone and no one is left, slave or free.

He will say: “Now where are their gods, the rock they took refuge in, the gods who ate the fat of their sacrifices and drank the wine of their drink offerings? Let them rise up to help you! Let them give you shelter!

“See now that I myself am He! There is no god besides me. I put to death and I bring to life, I have wounded and I will heal, and no one can deliver out of my hand.”

-Deuteronomy 32:28-39

  15 comments for “I’m Not Sick of Talking About It

  1. November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    AUTHOR: BigPimpinMBA This is actually my first comment on the matter. If it was “left in God’s hands”, she would have starved to death quite a while ago, but for the feeding tube that is being kept there by (relatively) modern medicine.

  2. November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    In a heartbeat.

  3. November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    Mike needs to have an accident. We wouldn’t pull the plug on him, would we?

  4. November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    This just in… – Terri Schiavo’s ashes will be buried in an undisclosed location near Philadelphia so that her immediate family doesn’t show up and turn the burial into a media spectacle, a member of the Schiavo family said Thursday.

    “If Mike knew they would come in peace, he would have no problem with it,” Scott Schiavo, Michael Schiavo’s brother, said during an interview at his home.

    After an autopsy, Michael Schiavo plans to have his wife’s body cremated and her ashes brought to Pennsylvania, where she grew up. Scott Schiavo said the ashes would be buried in a plot left by an aunt and uncle, but the family does not plan on providing the specficic location for the burial, underscoring the bitterness of the dispute.

  5. November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    Well, of course, we all believe what Michael said about Terri’s wishes. He’s the type of guy to say “honey, what do you want on your pizza? ham and pineapple? ok..” Then order jalapenos and anchovies. But he’d tell everyone “Terri wished for jalapenos.” Not only is he an animal, he’s psycho with a P.

    Oh and I bet when he and Terri were having that famous talk during the movie that Terri said, “please make sure you don’t allow my family to visit me if I’m dying and make sure I’m cremated. And it’s okay for you to live with someone else and have babies with her if I’m ever in a persistent vegitative state.”

    This crazy woman at work believes that Michael Schiavo is right, that he’s her husband and he would know what she would want, and that everything that went on between them is sacred. She believes that her parents have no right to her and didn’t as of the moment she married the monster. She also said “why should he have to divorce his wife?” Um hello, he’s doing another chick and having babies with her… you tell me why he shouldn’t have to divorce his wife. Of course, there is no divorce now because he killed his wife.

  6. November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    No matter how I felt about whether or not Terri should have been kept on a feeding tube… Michael had NO right to keep her devoted parents from her in her final moments. Nor to decide the manner of her funeral.

  7. November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    Obviously Terri must have told Michael that she wanted to be cremated rather than have a Roman Catholic wedding. He would only do what Terri wants, I’m sure.

  8. November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    What I don’t understand is why Michael would want guardianship of Terri? He’s moved on with his life, but yet continues to f**k with her and her parents. He knows what her parents wishes were/are and yet he continues to do the exact opposite. Her family wants her to have a roman catholic funeral, so of course he’s going to have her cremated. This man is an animal.

    Let’s talk about how much I would NOT want to be the new woman. How freaked out she must be… better have that house clean and supper on the table when Michael comes home, otherwise you might find yourself in a persistent vegetative state with a feeding tube in your tummy.

  9. November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    I think the most awful part is how soon the doctors thought she was going to die. It’s almost like she was fighting to stay alive. I think it’s tragic.

  10. November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    I agree…. The entire point is that only after she’d already been on life-support for years, her “husband” says she never wanted to be like that. What the fuck?

    Bottom line: Michael Schiavo is an opportunist asshole… he denied her family to be with her in the fianal moments of Terri’s life. Just like he denied Terri much needed medical rehab.

    By the way, did you see South Parrk last night? Matt and Trey have an uncanny way of nailing things right on the head. They oversimplify the issues sometimes, but ultimately, they get it every time!

  11. November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    Smart entry, Incredipete. I like the passion behind your argument, even though I don’t necessarily agree with all of it. And for the people telling you to shutup about it… tell them to f**k off. It’s your blog. 😉

  12. November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    Jesse’s a liberal, but ultimately he is a religious leader. Granted, he’s effed in the head on the abortion issue, but still… saying he’s political is like saying that I’m sexy… A few people might buy it, but most people will just snicker and walk away.

  13. November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    Incredipete, it amazes me that this continues to be about politics. Out of all the “left” politicians in DC do you realize that only 52 democrats out of 202 voted against. 4 Republicans also voted against. in the senate only 2…Just 2! senators voted against it, yet you continue to harrangue the left as political thugs!

    Where was thios thuggery? congress voted overwhelmingly to get involved, it was the interpretations of the supreme court, six of the nine whom were ominated by Republican presidents, are the ones who decided that Schiavo is his wife’s next of kin.

    This is a tragedy, but not the political football the republican pundits are turning it into. for Christ’s sake, Jesse Jackson sided with the parents and he’s about as liberal as you can get!

  14. November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    Well said Incredipete.

  15. November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    Ezekiel 25:17

    The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he, who in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengence and furious anger those who would attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee…

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