Mar. 31st, 2005
Not another Shiavo post  
My mom finally asked the question the other day. (No, not that one.) The one that goes, "What do you think about this whole Terri Shiavo issue?"

"But she looks so alive," my mom said.

I didn't really debate that. Honestly, it's irrelevant, none of my business, and I've neither read enough up on her status nor care to. Based on the limited info I've heard, I think I believe the doctors when they say the activity we see is basic, inate, brainstem functioning and that the rest of her brain has actually turned to liquid. But... who cares? I'd just be one more asshat without a medical degree commenting on something I don't know enough about.

I told her what I didn't understand is why the President and the GOP thought it appropriate to call a special weekend session to interfere to possibly save this ONE life.

"He's standing up for what he believes in."

And there's the problem: the nonissues he uses to not address the important things.

I might respect these moral crusading, Republicans Do-Gooders (or so they'd like us to believe) if they stood up for other things. They stood up for this one "life" (for argument's sake, let's assume it is). But, as I told my mom, I want to know where the passion was and where was the special session to address the 14 kids who were killed in yet another school shooting. I wish George W. Bush and these God-fearing, Bible-thumping, Jesus Lovers would actually use that same fervor to stand up and call for some sensible level of gun control. After all, What Would Jesus Shoot? That's 14 lives (in just this one incident) to Shiavo's 1 (maybe 1).

I'd like to know where the special session was to address the sorry lack of basic safety equipment and armor our troops had. 1,530 U.S. troops (and counting) have been killed in Iraq, fighting a war he swore was necessary to protect the U.S. from the weapons of mass destruction that never existed. Where's the anger and passion over that?

I'd like to see Bush's Holy Crusaders call a special session to address the 18,000 Americans who will die this year because these "compassionate," God-fearing Republicans refuse... blatantly, heartlessly, callously refuse to even consider providing basic health care to its citizens.

Where's the perspective?

So pardon me if I'm not impressed by his stand to make a disgusting media circus of this poor woman's life. Pardon me if I'm once again not impressed by his moral, politically-motivated, self righteous indignation as a smoke screen to distract us from the things that really do and should matter.

Of course, I guess I should be grateful in some way to Terri and Michael Shiavo. They've taken the focus of the hateful, fundamentalist Christian lobby away from their crusade against teh gheys—at least for a little while. But don't worry, they have enough more than enough hate to go around.
 
 
( Post a new comment )
Gantriochgantrioch on March 31st, 2005 - 11:22 am
"I'd just be one more asshat without a medical degree commenting on something I don't know enough about."

You know, we really do think alike.

On a different note, where did the car post go :-p? Hee.
(Reply) (Thread) (Link)
The People's Exhibit Adavidology on April 1st, 2005 - 12:43 am
it's still there. I think I locked it as I fell asleep last night, since, thanks to ponfarr, I think I've put everything back to normal.

On that car, I think I <3 the seats most of all. They're so soft.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread) (Link)
Ryanbcp on March 31st, 2005 - 01:57 pm
sometimes Dave, your journal just scares the hell out of me, and then i remember i'm not in the US and i feel just a little safer
(Reply) (Thread) (Link)
The People's Exhibit Adavidology on April 1st, 2005 - 12:44 am
oh, you should be here. It's like retards on parade every day.

It's amazing what idiots these Republicans today really are.

In other news, I heard CSPAN is paying MTV a licensing fee to rename the network to "Jackass."
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread) (Link)
Tonylyte_reality on March 31st, 2005 - 02:27 pm
heh
Dave you're not the only one who's mom did that this week... but ironically in my legal overview class we did an assignment on it so I was able to debate her. But yea my jaw just dropped when I heard about this special session just for her-- it's just one of those times you've gotta say "What the F*ck?"
(Reply) (Thread) (Link)
BoyGryphon: faithboygryphon on March 31st, 2005 - 04:30 pm
At the White House
yesterday, at lunch I sauntered the 5 chilly blocks from my office to the park in front of the white house. Always a good time-as there's often someone protesting something for some reason. Americans are an agitated bunch.

The save terri folks were milling around. Seriously, save terri is about as cool today as those hideous ugg boots (a fad that thankfully came and went quickly in this town) I'll add the schiavo debacle to my snap-bracelets for Dukakis collection of dumb ideas for politicians whose time is long passed.

As a bioethicist (if not in practice than at least theory) I'm happy to argue the relative merits of terri's alleged life. I mean, really, she was a plaything for a guilt-ridden mom and dad who hid behind their faith and were willing to sell out their daughter to the GOP for some sense of validation. Sick Sad World!

But Terri, may she rest in peace, is gone now. Thankfully (hers and mine)
(Reply) (Thread) (Link)
The People's Exhibit Adavidology on April 1st, 2005 - 12:45 am
Re: At the White House
I know. May she rest in peace now.

I know her parents were trying to hold on to anything they could, but was it really worth what they put her through. In the end, she was just another political chew toy of today's GOP.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread) (Link)
Bitch pleasedivalee138 on March 31st, 2005 - 04:47 pm
The worse part about your post is that it pointed out how dense I've been. When that school shooting happened, I freaked out, but of course when I read your post I thought, "Oh my God, I'd totally forgotten about that." It's sad to know that even someone like me, who doesn't even care all that much about Terry Schiavo's life (and now death), can let the media take such a hold.

In college, we learned in our journalism class that the media doesn't tell you what to think, only what to think about. And I swore(!) that I'd be better than that. Ah! I get an F.
(Reply) (Thread) (Link)
The People's Exhibit Adavidology on April 1st, 2005 - 12:46 am
It's hard when it's all you read. I don't watch TV news any longer. I didn't even hear about Shiavo until a couple days into the whole debacle.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread) (Link)
xed_geekxed_geek on March 31st, 2005 - 06:41 pm
Well she finally passed so only a little longer on this fiasco that should have been a private affair. Also the NYT front page has several Church Leaders (Jewish, Catholic, etc) in Jerusalem today protesting against a Gay Pride parade being held there in August. Looks like life is returning to normal. *sigh*
(Reply) (Thread) (Link)
xed_geekxed_geek on March 31st, 2005 - 06:47 pm
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread) (Link)
Sigso: mesigso on April 1st, 2005 - 02:23 am
This has been one of the better posts i have read in a while.
YOu make a lot of great points. I wish more people would think think you!

(Reply) (Thread) (Link)
Teenage Dreamweedonranger on April 1st, 2005 - 03:48 am
couldn't agree more
(Reply) (Thread) (Link)