The brouhaha over Terri Schiavo has really gotten under my skin. Being neither a medical professional nor a member of her family I'm not speculating either way regarding her medical care.
My concern is when it was that the Republicans on Capitol Hill become a collective medical brain trust.
And, how did this become the predominant story on all of the news outlets the past five days and counting, pushing virtually everything else aside?
In short, they brought the manure inside.
I would like to know exactly which one of these GOP leaders went to personally discuss Mrs. Schiavo's plight with any member of her family down in Florida. Ooh, there's that magic word - Florida.
Terri's family claim that Michael just wants her dead so he can inherit her estate. That question is for someone else to debate in another forum.
Now, 15 years later, several of the most unethical people to ever litter the landscape of Washington, D.C., have injected themselves into this family's life, while skewing what should be a private issue into a national right-to-life debate.
Piggybacking this particular situation onto abortion issues is a complete sham.
It's the classic conservative tactic of muddying the waters to obscure the truth.
It is smoke and mirrors to divert attention from other, more ignominious misbehavior.
And heading up the charge, spouting the most sanctimonious epithets of moral righteousness and indignity, we have that exemplary American pillar of inscrutability, the aforementioned Knave, Tom DeLay.
Here's a quick overview: In 2001, the Schindler family lost their plea to the Florida Supreme Court to keep the feeding tube inserted. Despite Michael's wishes as her spouse, they prolonged the process with continued appeals.
"Terri's Law," making it illegal to remove Schiavo's feeding tube, was passed and signed by Jeb Bush (surprised?) in 2003, then unanimously struck down by the Florida Supreme Court as unconstitutional.
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