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!