Monday, March 21, 2005

Terri Schiavo and Congressional review

So, the United States Congress has decided to inject itself into the Terri Schiavo tragedy. Why am I not surprised? It’s tragic to watch many of these “States Rights” Republicans (actually, there’s not that many of them left anymore) now say that it’s OK for States Rights to be superseded. And, it’s ironic to watch liberal democrats, who wouldn’t know a “States Right” if it hit them in the head, now talk about “upholding” the United States Constitution. Too bad they didn’t feel that way when they were in the majority.

I’d be more outraged by this clearly unconstitutional action if I wasn’t so numb. They’ve done it so many times – what difference does one more trespass make?

This would be such a different (and, IMHO, better) country if the U.S. Constitution was truly upheld and respected by our Federal government. But it’s not and hasn’t been for a long time. And all 3 branches are equally culpable.

It was very revealing that Tom Delay, in his final comments before the House vote tonight, talked about what Terri’s parents, brother and sister wanted. Not a word from him about what Terri wanted.

Now that this matter is in the Federal courts, it would be refreshing if they clearly and forcefully stated that they will NOT review the Florida state rulings. But I think that’s wishful thinking. The Federal courts have been very happy to expand Federal power in the past and it’s hard to believe that they would stop here.

So, please order the tests you think necessary. Have them done quickly. And, when they show that Terri truly is not with us anymore, please butt out.

Update 24MAR05 - Well, I'm pleasantly surprised. None of the Federal courts appealed to have stuck their fingers in this particular pie. But one decision does not a trend make...

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