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March 19, 2005

Why do Republicans hate marriage

This whole mess with Terry Schiavo is outrageous in so, so many ways. But I have one simple question... if "one man and one woman" marriage is so great and perfect, why is Congress stomping all over the traditional prerogatives spouses have to decide difficult matters like this? The GOP's actions are an attack on the sanctity of marriage. Seriously. Thank God David and I have living wills-- and durable powers of attorney-- but these rights are exactly the rights that inhere in civil marriage and a great example of the rights denied to us through marriage.

In case anyone missed it, the message of the new, fasc-tastic Republikan party is this: we're for individuals rights (and states' rights) until you do something we disagree with, at which point we will try to control your life, micromanage your death, and make a hideous media-political spectacle of what was already a tragedy.

Let me say this very clearly to my friends and family. If anything like this ever happens to me and somehow my wishes aren't followed, I don't want you just to stop feeding me. And don't wait 13 years to do something, either! I want 80cc of morphine, a bullet to the head, or whatever it takes--and wherever I end up, I'm sure I'll see some of you there. OK? Thanks!

Posted by jay at March 19, 2005 04:21 PM | TrackBack
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I said to Bob, this morning, "We need living wills." I would be horrified if something happened and, even though Bob and I have both made it clear that we would not want to be kept alive to each other, some outside party could choose to intervene on behalf of "life."

What about quality of life? Terry Schiavo has been in a permanent vegetative state for 16 years. Every court appointed doctor has come to the same conclusion: she's not there anymore. Let go, mourn the woman and move on. I know that sounds cold but I believe that life is for the living. Someone in a permanent vegetative state may be technically alive, but she is not living.

Republikans, led by Tom DeLay, are using this woman and her family's fight as a sop to the Christian Coalition and their forces of reaction. This is an excellent way to keep the news media and public attention on something that the federal government should have nothing to do with while Congress merrily goes along its way drilling in ANWR, cutting education and environmental programs and not investigating Rep. DeLay's continuing ethics violations.

By throwing in with the "we know how to live your life better than you do" crowd, the Republikans have shown that they are no longer the party of privacy and personal responsibility. They need to go.

Posted by: terry on March 21, 2005 08:24 AM

Adding further irony to the situation, authorities in Florida announced this morn that they are going to seek the death penalty against the fucker who killed that little girl a few weeks ago. I wouldn't mind taking him out myself, but it is interesting that they pick and choose which lives deserve the utmost in protection...

Posted by: Marti on March 21, 2005 10:26 AM

Jay has hit the nail on the head. The same point has since been made in Slate -- worth a read.

Posted by: David on March 23, 2005 04:22 PM

Hearsay. One plain and simple answer, hearsay. Spouse or not, you can't just starve someone to death because of something they supposedly said after watching some program on TV.

Ever heard of fundamental rights?

On top of this, Michael Schiavo is an adulterous monster with a history of abuse whose credibility is crap. Don't you find it a bit odd that Michael was the only one present when Terri suffered brain damage from a lack of oxygen? And as far as I'm concerned, there has technically been no marriage remaining between Michael and Terri for the last 10 years, ever since he took up with some other unsuspecting victim. I'd be very careful before I sided with this man.

One other answer for you Con Law buffs, it's all about Article III and the 14th Amendment. This has absolutely nothing to do with the 10th Amendment.

You thought the nation was covered by red states this last time? Your new liberal culture of death is coming back and will kick your ass in upcoming elections.

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Posted by: Thomas on March 24, 2005 01:45 AM

Hearsay??? Bill Frist and the other doctors who have "diagnosed" her by watching a video take "hearsay" to new depths. And Thomas, I'm not too scared about the 2006 elections with poll numbers like this:

CBS News. 3/21-22. MoE 4%. (February results)

Congress Job Approval

Approve 34 (41)
Disapprove 49 (44)

Bush Approval Ratings

Approve 43 (49)

Should Congress and the President be involved in the Schiavo matter?

Yes 13
No 82

You're free to post and argue with us, but we don't take kindly to trolls here. Care to offer a reasoned response to evidence of overwhelming public support for keeping government out of Terry Schiavo's hospital bed?

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