Florida Pilot

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Friday, March 25, 2005

opportunities and nut cases

Although the Terri Schiavo situation is unfortunate, there are plenty of folks around who already benefiting from the whole situation.

Terry Randall, for example, is basking in the publicity associated with the case and Terri Schiavo's brother has already hinted at launching a media career a la Mark Klauss once his sister dies. Another big winner is Tom Delay who has been successful in diverting attention away from questions regarding his ethics. The same can be said for the Roman Catholic church which is happy to issue daily pronouncements regarding Terri, something they have nothing to do with, while their silence continues regarding the decades of pedophile priest attacks on young people, something the Church not only had control over but was responsible for.

It is not clear whether Terri's parents, the Schindlers, are idiots who are just too stupid to interpret the obvious regarding their daughter's medical condition or whether they are opportunists basking in the publicity and planning to cash in. We'll have to see but I'm thinking they are getting addicted to being in the spotlight.

Now we come to the total nut cases that let themselves be aroused and manipulated by the likes of Randall and the Schindlers. " A man was arrested after trying to steal a weapon from a gun shop so he could 'take some action and rescue Terri Schiavo,' authorities said. "

And then we have Jeb Bush who has pretty clearly been manipulated by the Schindlers almost as much as the guy who was trying to steal a gun. Bush, of course, was not going to personally dirty his hands but was instead going to send his Department against Children and Families thugs to kidnap Terri. Althought that plan was halted before it could be implemented by the courts, the news stories report that Jeb is still looking for other ways to deny Terri's rights. At least the time around, the legislature is apparently unwilling to again be a pawn to the Schindlers. Jeb's term as governor can't end soon enough as far as I am concerned. I hope that others remember Jeb's lack of respect for the law if he runs for public office again in the future.


At 9:29 AM, Blogger MP said...

Well this whole thing is really ridiculous. I can hardly stand to read about/see it on the news anymore. I think a lot of people have been manipulated by Terri's parents. Who are really using her to further whatever bizarre agenda they have, in my opinion. They seem to have no real regard for the quality of her life. At a minimum, they should allow her to pass on in peace and not turn this whole thing into a circus.

I feel so terrible for any other people staying at that hospice who deserve the right to die with dignity that Terri's parents have denied her.

I still think her husband is also being a bit of a self-serving jerk in this case as well.

The politicians who have allowed themselves to become embroiled in this are not starting the right dialog. The discussion should not be about one particular person, but about end of life questions for everyone if that's what people here are really worried about. If they are really worried about people starving to death, they should be worried about everyone who is in that situation or a similar sitatuation. I wouldn't let my cat die like this and I would do everything in my power to keep a human from going this way too. But that leads to a discussion of euthanasia which people are uncomfortable with. I heard a reporter refer to the current discussion as one with Terri's "right to live vs. euthanasia". That's not the discussion that's been going on at all.

At 10:03 AM, Blogger FL pilot said...

To date, what the "right to die" proponents have achieved is only the right to withdraw artificial life support measures not anything like a right to a quick and guaranteed painless death. The medical experts say that this situation, although drawn out, is not painful but, even if true, it seems inhumane.

But what this case really represents is an opportunity for the Terry Randalls and others like that to attempt to sway public opinion. Terri does have lower brain stem functions so se does have a wake/sleep cycle and can appear to the casual observer to have some consciousness. The Schindlers have edited hours of videotapes in order to get some clips that appear to show Terri responding.

Last time around, the Florida legislature was duped into passing an unconstitutional private bill. This time around, they seem to be a little smarter. The Congress and President, while acting like idiots, seem to have backed off a bit. It looks like only Jeb Bush who has really lost his mind on this one.


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