03/27/2005: As Terri Schiavo slips from life to death–as ordered by the courts–I have a few questions for those who are so anxious to get Terri out of the way:
(1) If–as the New York Times has claimed–Terri’s starvation would result in euphoria for her rather than pain, then why is she on morphine? Didn’t the “experts” say she has no brain function and would feel no pain?
(2) If Terri’s cerebral cortex is completely destroyed, then why is she responsive to her parents? Why has she never been given an MRI or a PET scan? Why only a CAT scan?
(3) If Terri can feel pain, then how can there be no electrical activity coming from her brain?
(4) Why has judge Greer–who has received money from Michael Schiavo’s lawyers–not been recused from this case?
(5) Why is the initial police investigation into Terri’s “accident” sealed? Would a little sunshine not clear the air on the matter?
(6) Why has Michael Schiavo’s quest to kill Terri–complicated by the fact that he has two children with a mistress he has been humping for ten years–not been thrown out on standing? Any rational human being should be able to see the conflict of interest here. (For a probable answer to this, see question #4.)
Lest anyone fall prey to the notion that Terri’s supporters are exclusively pro-lifers:
(1) Terri’s supporters include Ralph Nader, who is very pro-choice on the abortion issue.
(2) Terri’s supporters include Tammy Bruce, a former NOW leader who is openly gay, feminist, and pro-choice on abortion.
(3) Terri’s supporters include moderate Republicans such as Peggy Noonan, who is pro-choice on abortion.
Fact is, if I starved and dehydrated my cats, I would be arrested, prosecuted, and convicted of cruelty to animals. Contary to Peter Singer’s sputum, Terri Schiavo is worth more than an animal.
This case is not about a woman’s right to die. This is about corruption in the Police department, Sheriff’s office (where Michael Schiavo works), and the judicial branch of Florida.
There is only one way to stop this:
(1) Immediately after Terri dies, the state should order an autopsy. We need answers on the extent to which Terri was abused by Michael Schiavo’s willful withholding of dental care, antibiotics, and other therapies that may have benefited Terri.
(2) The State should investigate Judge Greer for corruption.
(3) The State should investigate Michael Schiavo and the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Department for corruption.
Of course, if I were Bush, I’d call in the Florida National Guard to move in and reinsert the feeding tube. Greer has made his decision, now let him enforce it.
We need a showdown between Bush and Florida’s judicial system. Nothing will change until the defacation hits the circulation at a high velocity. Someone needs to go all-out to combat judicial tyranny. Jeb Bush has nothing to lose.