Blogger is so unusable today that I’m trying to squeeze in as many important reads as I can in one post.
Hentoff: He has never wavered from his position or his principles.
…we have watched as this woman, whose only crime is that she is disabled, is tortured to death by judges, all the way to the Supreme Court. And keep in mind from the Ralph Nader-Wesley Smith report: “
The courts . . . have [also] ordered that no attempts be made to provide her water or food by mouth. Terri swallows her own saliva. Spoon feeding is not medical treatment. This outrageous order proves that the courts are not merely permitting medical treatment to be withheld, they have ordered her to be made dead.”
In this country, even condemned serial killers are not executed in this way.
Yes! Yes! Meanwhile:
Vanderleun is wrathful mood as well:
Then, just as I wondered how, in the face of the court order prohibiting all food and fluids, Mrs. Schiavo could have received the morphine, the reporter — a professional without a hint of shame in her voice or on her face — filled myself and the nation in. It would seem that the ‘nurses’ at her ‘caring hospice’ had gotten around the letter of the court order by giving Mrs. Schiavo a morphine suppository.
It was at that moment that I felt a wave of revulsion suffuse me. It was soon replaced by disgust directed at the reporter for reporting it, myself for listening to it, and the entire country for having let itself and its institutions slide into a slime-pit where that sort of detail was communicated without hesitation or shame to any and all who would listen. It was, after all, only our vaunted “right to know” that was being honored above all our other readily-assumed “rights” this vile example of the “rule of law” had brought to the fore.
Reflecting on this today I found myself thinking that the famous question asked by Joseph Welch of Senator Joseph McCarthy should now be modified and addressed to all of us as: “Let us not assassinate this woman further. We’ve done enough. Have we no sense of decency? At long last, have we left no sense of decency?”
The cold and true answer is, “No, we have no sense of decency left in us.” Our media is our mirror and, regardless of which way it is slanted, the reflection we see is still ourselves; and in this instance we see our entire nation as a kind of super-modern high-tech picture of Dorian Gray. It is little wonder we do not want to turn from the mirror and look at our image directly.
Meanwhile, back in Rome, the Pope may need a feeding tube?
(Lord, what ARE you up to? Pope on a feeding tube? Falwell on a respirator?)