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The Schiavo case sends tremors through the country...
[Chris Field] 3/28/05
the biggest story over the last week has been the court-ordered
death of Terri Schiavo. This whole saga forced
an entire country to step back and think, and prompted a bunch
of questions and musings for yours truly. Including:
- During the bitter
floor fight in the House of Representatives last Sunday, über-liberal Rep. Barney Frank said this about
Congress' efforts to help Terri Schiavo: "This is a terribly
difficult decision, which we are institutionally totally incompetent
to make." Interesting. Since when did Congress' incompetence
on an issue prevent it from acting? If they would follow a rule
limiting their actions to subjects on which they were competent,
the U.S. would have the small government Republicans purport
- There's an old question
that asks: "If a tree falls in
the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it actually make
a sound?" Along those lines, I would posit this question: "If
you're starving to death and unable to scream or cry, are you
actually in pain?"
- Shouldn't Judge Greer be brought up on Contempt of Congress
charges? He refused to keep alive a witness subpoenaed by Congress.
If he's not in contempt, what good is a Congressional subpoena?
- If Terri cannot swallow liquids, how is it she did not choke
on her own saliva?
- If Terri can swallow, why was she denied water after her feeding
tube was removed?
- What is the difference between abandoning Terri in her bed without
food and water being put into her system and abandoning a newborn
baby in a coat closet without food and water being put into his
- Republicans are being
accused of hypocrisy to the nth degree for "trampling all over" the principle of "federalism" --
as the Democrats like to define it -- with the passage of the
Terri Schiavo Bill last weekend. Apparently, the Left considers
forced starvation/dehydration to be a states' rights issue. (Democrats
haven't claimed to be this supportive of states' rights since
the Federal Marriage Amendment.) What the Democrats refuse to
acknowledge is that the GOP is acting completely within the bounds
of the Constitution: Article III, Section 2 allows Congress to
determine the jurisdiction of the courts; the Fifth Amendment
says no one may "be deprived of life, liberty, or property,
without due process of law"; and the Fourteenth Amendment
says no state may "deprive any person of life, liberty,
or property, without due process of law."
- If we're going to discuss who follows the Constitution, how
many of the Left's pet issues are actually backed up by the Constitution?
Gun control? Separation of church and state? Abortion? Homosexual
sodomy? Campaign finance reform? Right to privacy?
- Why should we believe that Terri did in fact express a desire
to be killed in a situation like the one in which she found herself?
Has Michael Schiavo shown himself to be a man of unimpeachable
character? Has anyone asked his live-in girlfriend and two illegitimate
children what they think of him as a role-model?
- If Terri did want
to die, where, exactly, is that "right
to die" enumerated in the Constitution? I don't believe
that a right to life presupposes a right to death.
- There is obviously
some doubt about who's telling the truth in this case. Either
Terri said she wants to die or she didn't.
Either Michael is a liar or he isn't. Since when, in a "He-Said-She-Said" case,
has the Left been on the side of the man?
- Where do we go from here? tOR
2005 Human Events