Terri Schiavo. Terri Schiavo. Terri Schiavo. And if I write it about 10 million more times, I might get close to the number of times the name has been mentioned over the past few weeks.
Needless to say, I'll write it a few more times as her sad, but common, case holds media attention and as people, who are desperate to find meanings in their own menial lives, continue to protest and "fight" for her rights to live or her right to die depending on which side of the political divide one may rest on (apart from her parents and husband who have a personal stake and should have intense interest).
My real concern relating to this story has nothing to do with rights of Schiavo, her parents, or her husband one way or another. As was evident in some of my previous articles, I have this incredible capability to not care about some issues
. I can actually understand why a lot of people are interested in this case--it's some seriously gripping drama. My concern, though, doesn't have anything to do with the drama, but the timing
and the specific characters. Why are we interested now
? And why Schiavo? There have been many others that have been in the same situation in the past and yet none of those have garnered this much interest.
As with many hot-button political issues, this is all about timing. The question we should be asking (perhaps rather coldly) is not about Terri Schiavo's life or death--after all, many very competent doctors and judges (who are not
the spawn of satan) have already ruled on the issue. The real question is (throwing a bone to consiracy theorists everywhere)what are the powers-that-be trying to distracts us from?
Or what are they trying to draw our attention to? The language presented by many, such as the evangelical ramblings of Tom Delay
act as a complaint against "activist judges."
This come at a time when the Bush Administration needs to build support for judicial appointments. The argument goes as follows: Look at what these terrible activist judges
are doing. Support our
judges and such horrible things won't happen. My question: where was all of this concern back in 2000 when it was first decided that Schiavo's feeding tube can be removed
? Or since that time? Hasn't there been 5 years and numerous appeals before this point?
If they were that concerned about life, why not try to help Sun Hudson
as well? The real reason: because Sun Hudson, an infant, was not kept alive because of a law that Bush himself signed back when he was governor of Texas.
The simple truth: neither Bush nor his cronies care about Terri Schiavo or what happens to her or her family. The irony of this case lies in the fact that she has been kept alive this long largely because of the judges who have granted numerous appeals to her parents' case. It is ironic that this poor woman and her family have become a political football and that she serves as little more, according to Tom Delay, than an example of what's wrong with our society.
Our so-called leaders should be ashamed of themselves.