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.”