Friday, April 01, 2005

I refrained from discussing the late Teresa Schiavo's death until now because I would been reduced to rageful rambling and grief-stricken insipidity. I will just say this: if this were a just nation, we would hunt down and punish Michael Schiavo for his treacherous, lecherous, adulterous, and ultimately murderous behavior. If this were a just nation, Mrs. Schiavo would have died quickly and painlessly, and not in a drawn-out, agonizing circus of tearful protestors and self-serving politicians and judges, who chose to do nothing when they could have saved an innocent life.
But this is a civilized nation. A nation where we starve the weak and powerless and let their murderers go free. No wonder Jesus wept.


Blogger AndyEricson said...

If the whole thing were to make more sense, then Terri Schiavo would have left her wishes in writing. As it is, the judges who ruled on the case made the best decision they could--based on the legal standards the British-American tradition has had since, in some regards, the 1200s.

As it was, the judiciary--pretty overwhelmingly--agreed that the preponderance of the evidence (the standard for civil procedure) indicated that Terri Schiavo had indicated a desire not to be sustained in a PVS--which the presiding Doctor had determined to be the case. The next-of-kin (who at the time was not involved in his terrible adultery--to my knowledge) made that decision as was fitting.

If this were a kind nation, we would have spared the people involved the grief of losing a loved one in the center of a political and media storm. The time wherein one's spouse or child--regardless of the state of that relationship--dies cannot be pleasant. Those involved should have been provided with a greater degree of privacy. Their feud should have been settled as privately as possible, and not in the media.

If we lived in a just nation, the federal government, as controlled by the party driven by states' rights, wouldn't have seen fit to interfere in a case that's even mroe clearly a states' rights issue than some other widespread discussions. Also, they would either have opened the door for all people in that situation, or none--altering the judicial system for a single family in a situation that cannot possibly be that unique is a betrayal of the belief in equity that our nation was based on--"we hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal."

As it is, we are a civilized nation, where we allow a grieving family the opportunity to express their grief to the world, and help to magnify a dispute that should be private--a dispute over a death that should have been private also.

1:44 AM  
Blogger AndyEricson said...

So, in some respects, we agree--there should have been no media circus. She should have died "quickly and painlessly."

I imagine we may disagree about when and how, exactly.

Also, Michael Schiavo has been adulterous, and probably lecherous.

1:48 AM  
Blogger Gryffilion said...

I just don't understand how we can execute criminals in a quick and painless manner (by lethal injection) and execute the innocent in a two-week long, painful, excruciating, process

1:49 PM  
Anonymous Natasha said...

I agree with that she should have died in a painless way. Starving her was so cruel.

But Michael Schiavo is NOT a murderer. The whole situation is ininiftely more complicated than that. To call him a murderer is simple minded.

Both sides have good arguments, and I truly feel that Michael Schiavo did what he thought was right. He had moved on, but the parents had not. I also feel it a little diffuclt to call Schiavo an adulterer when his wife has been in vegetative state for 14 years. He has moved on with his life. That is the healthy thing to do.

In court cases, doctors APPOINTED BY BOTH SIDES said she was not going to get better. She had been in that state for 14 years.

It is horrible for a parent to watch their child die. I simply wish there was some way they could have been able to let go peacefully. I truly feel for the Schiavos, they simply weren't ready. And I pray that somehow, someway they could have been so.

I completely agree that there is no reason she should have died in such a horrible undignified way. Some doctor should have given her an overdose of morhpine and that would have been it. But the same laws which people want in place to protect Terri Schiavo are the ones that keep her from dieing humanely. One has to choose one or the other. You can't have both. Either you die with an administered overdose-euthanasia style. Or you die in a drawn out procedure because no one can actually kill you, they can only remove life support systems.

The entire issue is so complicated, there is no right or wrong.

I also feel that the Jesus wept comment is a little...frustrating. Jesus wept why? I don't feel that Jesus could have come into this case with a simple answer. On one hand are the parent's rights, on the other hand is the right for a husband to respect what he believes are his wife's wishes and to move on.

The issue is just too complicated to call anyone names.

5:15 PM  
Blogger Gryffilion said...

I'm not merely "calling names," I'm stating a fact. Michael Schiavo is an adulterer; he cheated on his wife while she was still alive. Michael Schiavo, in my opinion, is a murderer; he had her feeding tube removed, which killed her as surely as if he'd put a gun to her head.

The only claim we have that she would have wanted to die came from Michael Schiavo. He obviously had a conflict in this case, because he wanted her dead so he go off with the girlfriend he's been living with for, what, a decade now?

He disregarded and disrespected the vows he took when he married Teresa Schiavo: "In sickness and in health." Those words became a cruel mockery as he campaigned for what would ultimately become her execution.

I believe that our reaction to this entire travesty was typical. We are morbid and death-fixated; we considered her dead long before her heart stopped beating or her soul left this plane. She was dead to us long before they ever pulled the feeding tube from her mouth. All we were waiting for was the coroner's validation of this assumption.

Saying that "The entire issue is so complicated, there is no right or wrong" is a dodge. It is hiding behind a moral equivalence. I will continue to call this entire episode what I believe it to be--wrong. Regardless of whom I may "frustrate" along the way.

1:18 AM  
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