Thursday :: Mar 31, 2005

Amidst The Schiavo Tragedy, Remember That She Was Used By The GOP


by Steve

After being gone for several days with family scouting colleges for our daughter, I return home to see the Terri Schiavo tragedy reach its terrible conclusion today when the poor woman finally succumbed because of a political system that failed her. If only George W. Bush spent as much time worrying about the nutrition of thousands of Iraqi children at his hands as he has about the treatment of Terri Schiavo.

I realize that I have a somewhat minority opinion on this matter. My sympathies lie with her parents, regardless of their politics and I despise those such as the GOP, Jeb Bush, and Tom DeLay who are using the Schindlers for their own purposes. As Yuval and others have noted, we will now see the GOP use the Schindlers’ loss to bash judges for the next several months, while trying to ignore the fact that W while governor signed a law that allowed doctors in that state to do exactly as this case played out. And while the GOP bashes judges over the coming months, please remember that against the backdrop of conservative whining about liberal judges, Republicans will claim 85 percent of the federal circuit court judgeships by the end of the Bush's second term. They already claim 60 percent.

And the GOP's hypocrisy on this issue knows no bounds: check out Tom DeLay's own family tragedy and the decision he made to allow the doctors to call the shots and then use trial attorneys to seek some accountability. (But then the GOP likes trial lawyers when it suits them, right?)

Jeb Bush and the Florida GOP have seen the Schiavo tragedy coming for years, and despite being in control of the statehouse and legislature, failed to pass a law that would have allowed parents in a situation like this to petition the courts to reassume custody of an incapacitated child from a spouse. Instead of dealing with the broader issue here, as I understand it Jeb and the GOP in Florida tried to pass flawed laws that dealt only with Schiavo’s case, and after failing in the courts, waited for this terrible concluding month to come so that they could grandstand this tragedy. For that, Jeb Bush should burn in hell along with his brother.

As for Tom DeLay, who has tried to make himself a victim and wrap himself in the Schindlers' grief to deflect attention from his own despicable deeds, he topped himself today when he said the following:

Mrs. Schiavo’s death is a moral poverty and a legal tragedy. This loss happened because our legal system did not protect the people who need protection most, and that will change. The time will come for the men responsible for this to answer for their behavior, but not today. Today we grieve, we pray, and we hope to God this fate never befalls another. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Schindlers and with Terri Schiavo’s friends in this time of deep sorrow.

Again, DeLay has known that this case would evolve towards this terrible result for years, but did he lift a finger to deal with the issues represented by this case in a broader sense beyond just the Schiavo case at any time in the last decade? No. He also waited to exploit this for his own purposes.

And a message to DeLay is in order here: our legal system Mr. DeLay does not exist to protect those who need protection the most, and hasn’t since the GOP has controlled the courts. Mr. DeLay, if you believe that our legal system should protect those that need protection the most, why are you silent while folks have been executed in Texas or are still on Death Row as a result of incompetent legal representation and the heavy malicious hands of George W. Bush and Alberto Gonzales? The truth Mr. DeLay is that you only care about the justice system protecting folks when they are white Christians, your campaign contributors, or you yourself.

My prayers go out to the Schindlers for the loss of their daughter, and may the Bush boys and Tom DeLay burn in hell.

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