Scheer on Terri: Where's My Oxygen?
Scheer is famous for his tasteless and bitter harrangues, but I can't believe what I'm reading here -- relating the Schiavo case to 9/11?
Even more shocking, President Bush did what he would not do in August 2001 when terrorism warnings were "blinking red," in the words of the then-head of the CIA: He returned to Washington from one of his many sacrosanct vacations, in this case to sign this ill-conceived legislation.I thought the 9/11 Commission had put a stake through the heart of that diatribe.
Demonizing those who would save a live over those who would prevent any effort to fairly evaluate the case to see if that life is worth saving?
But that didn't stop the Christian right and the politicians in its thrall from seizing on the Schiavos' plight to advance their "right to life" agenda. If only this agenda were consistent. For example, as governor of Texas, George W. Bush refused to review cases involving mentally retarded death row inmates. Nor can I remember any time Congress rushed back from a vacation to deal with real-time incidents of genocide in the Balkans, Rwanda or Sudan. This is selective compassion of the most pandering sort.Is Scheer really correllating Terri to a death row murderer? What exactly was her crime?
And by raising the Balkans, Rwanda, Sudan, grand-scale political human tragedies that emerged during the Clinton Administriation, what is Scheer suggesting Congress should have done? Pulled the feeding tube out of Milosevic's mouth? Told the Sudanese Christians that they should just go on dying because that appeared to be the world opinion on their fate?
Finally, like most leftists, Scheer casts this as a religious issue:
What this case is really about is keeping politics and state-endorsed religion out of our private lives.It emphatically is not, even though many who are fighting for Terri are religious. It is about how and by whom end-of-life decisions should be made. Congress got involved because the case is so transparent and so egregious they couldn't stand to sit by and do nothing.
It's All So Simple
The logic of this case is so simple, and so defies the howls of the Left, that it's a wonder they're letting themselves be cast as ghouls of death. It all comes down to this:
If Terri is in as bad a shape as her husband says she is, she doesn't know and wouldn't care whether she is alive or not, so why not let her parents care for her if they want to?
And if she is not in as bad a shape as her husband says she is, why in the world would you kill her instead of transferring responsibility for her care to people who love her and will support her?