Eight years after her body was mercifully pulled from the machines keeping it artificially “alive” long after her brain was done (literally gone, as in turned mostly to liquid), the wingnuts are still bleating about Terri Shiavo. So a group still raising money from her name asked Sarah Palin to spout some utterly meaningless rhetoric on the subject:
“Her plight, her journey, taught Americans who we are and what we can be,” Palin said, speaking about Schiavo. “Her story is certainly not over.”
Palin referred to Schiavo as a beautiful young woman with an unquenchable spirit. She assured the crowd that Terri continues to teach with a spirit that is alive.
The former Republican vice presidential nominee has been on the front lines defending the unborn as well as those in a persistent vegetative state. Terri Schiavo’s case captured the nation’s attention in 2005 when, despite the best efforts of her family, she was allowed to starve to death. Palin contended Terri did not die in vain.
“The fight is not over,” Palin said. “Terri is still teaching us. We’re gaining momentum. Terri’s making a difference.”Palin said Shciavo “led the way with her determination and declaration that she wanted to live.”
What? Seriously, what? She did not declare that she wanted to be alive. She didn’t declare anything whatsoever. She couldn’t possibly have done that. The autopsy found that her brain was about half the size of a normal brain; the rest of the cranial cavity was filled with blood. She was gone. Long gone. And she wasn’t coming back. It was merciful to let her body die. And yes, her story is over. The story of highly irrational people continuing to use her name to raise money and get attention, unfortunately, is not.