Mar 22

I love the country, but I can’t stand the scene

There are so many things wrong with the Terri Schiavo case, it’s not even funny. While I’m sympathetic to her parents (because who would want their daughter to starve to death? It’s crazy), I also have to say that it’s giving people an even larger excuse to be hypocritical than usual, and that’s where my problem lies.

George Bush during his time as governor oversaw more executions than any other governor in US history. He helped send 152 people to their deaths. Then, as president, he was the first in 40 years to have a federal prisoner executed. And he goes on to say that women shouldn’t have abortions because of the sanctity of life and tries to go around a court order about Ms. Schiavo’s feeding tube.

I guess life only matters as long as it was someone who didn’t break the law. This is where I could make a crack about flip-flopping, but I think the disease goes much deeper than that.

And what is with the Congress lately? We have a spiraling dollar, human rights abuses in Abu Graib, thousands of people being murdered in the streets each year and they’re holding special sessions on baseball and the Schiavos? Who the hell cares if some jocks injected steroids? Lock them up for using controlled substances and be done with it. While they do that, they should also stop trying to interfere with the courts and let the judges do their job. The Supreme Court refused to review the Schiavo case… shouldn’t that tell you something?

I agree that it’s a complicated issue. But at the same time, shouldn’t our elected officials do their job and solve the more important crises in our country?


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