L. Neil Smith's
THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE
Number 312, March 27, 2005
"The sooner the better"
The Living Corpse
Special to TLE
Note: Judge George W. Greer, Presiding Judge over the Theresa Schiavo case, ruled in 2000,
My translation: Theresa Schiavo is permanently brain dead.
When it comes to the two major political parties, I normally consider myself to be an equal opportunity politician despiser. I never thought I would see the day when I would long for the return of the Clinton Administration.
Just when I thought things couldn't become any slimier, disgusting and revolting, the Republican Party manages to find new depths of insanity and depravity to stoop to. Is there no bottom to this particular abyss?
Listening to conservative babble radio and observing the circus surrounding Schiavo case in Washington, one can not help but wonder which Republican talk show host or party member, pundit or politician will come out on top in the 'World's Biggest Asshole' contest.
For the first contender for this dubious honor we have Denver based KOA's Sean Rima calling Michael Schiavo "a piece of crap" for 'adultery' and 'spouse abandonment' for taking up with another woman. Let's see now. Michael was told that his wife was PERMANENTLY BRAIN DEAD and that there was NOTHING that the medical profession could do for her, so he chose to get on with his life. Michael Shiavo is NOT an adulterer. He is effectively a widower. He has been trying to send wife to her final rest for years. Any decent husband in the same situation would do the same.
Next up, we have two contenders Lars Larson and Michael Gallagher who argue that removing the feeding tube from a woman who is PERMANENTLY BRAIN DEAD is tantamount to murder.
Sorry, fellas, The PERMANENTLY BRAIN DEAD can't be murdered. It's a logical impossibility.
Exactly which part of the phrase 'persistent vegetative state' don't these people understand? Which part of the court appointed doctors medical testimony defy Conservative comprehension?
Next we have a column  by Reagan speech writer Peggy Noonan which simply reeks with insanity. Here's a few samples:
It's not 'emotionalism'. It's cool, clear headed logic based on knowledge of the FACTS. Facts which were determined in a court of law. All of the emotion seems to be coming from people like Peggy Noonan.
Horse pucky. It's because when an individual has been declared brain dead and beyond the reach of modern medicine, by highly trained board certified professionals, it's time to close the curtain on that individual's tragic life. No one is 'in love' with death.
Excuse me, Terri Schiavo has no 'life.' Life requires more that a pumping heart and expanding lungs. It requires some actual cognition. All of which are PERMANENTLY BEYOND Terri's capabilities without artificial assistance. The cognition part is permanently beyond Terri's capabilities even with artificial assistance.
We arrive at our certainly by listening to the judges who in turn listened to years of court room testimonysome of which was provided by both court appointed guardians as well as five court appointed board certified physicians, four of which were specialists in neurologyand who has also examined the physical evidence which includes CAT scans.
All of these possibilities were considered throughout the many years this case has been in the courts and by many layers of the judiciary. Read through the time line of the events as well as the supporting documents. 
There's no 'love' of the situation going on here. The "vegetative state," "brain dead," "liquefied cortex." are the natural conclusions one comes to after examining the CAT scan, reading through the court rulings which are partially based on medical testimony and observing Theresa 'in action!'
Peggy Noonan's column is a perfect example of what any aspiring political commentator should never do! Her column is high on emotional arguments and political philosophy without any apparent awareness or comprehension of the facts. The amazing thing is that she is paid to turn out this kind of crap.
To everyone fighting to keep this 'living corpse' alive, I know you 'think' you are doing her some great personal favor by fighting for her. Actually you are treating her and Michael with disrespect.
For Christ sake, we have more real compassion for dogs and murderers!
Then, of course, we have all the political hacks and politicians scurrying around filing court motion after court motion, passing insane last minute laws trying to keep the remains of Theresa Schiavo 'alive' all on some sort of 'sanctity of life' pretext.
In case it still isn't crystal clear, when an individual is PERMANENTLY BRAIN DEAD there is no life left to get sanctimonious about!
Actually, what they're doing is trying to win few more votes from the Right to Lifers. They've lost mine.
I have a couple of questions for of the Right to Lifers. Where were you when the first Bush Administration's employees were busy murdering people at Ruby Ridge for no good reason? Where were you when the Clinton Administration did the same to the Branch Davidians at Waco? How come no self-proclaimed "Constitution respecting conservative Pro-Lifer"I ask with disgustever called for the impeachment and prosecution of these two goons for their manifest failure to perform their affirmative legal duties during both tragedies? Where was you're vaunted "respect for life" then?
You know, while these assholes are wasting our time and money with their 'baseball players on steroids' nonsense and their 'Theresa Schiavo' nonsense, pulling their "Wag the Dog" stunts, they have been successfully avoiding doing something useful and potentially life affirming.
For example, they could go to George Bush , give him a sharp slap across the face and say something like:
Or they could impeach Bush and prosecute him and the Neocons as the war criminals they plainly are.
Or they could put an end to public schools doping up their victims with Prozac or Ritalin.
Or they could try to rein in some of their spending!
Or they could try to get something resembling control over their pathetic lust for power.
They could also repeal the 'Patriot Act' and disband TSA both of which would be far better for America than this crap!
Theresa Schiavo's brain is dead.
Time to allow the rest of the body to follow.
2. In Re: The Guardianship of Theresa Marie Shiavo, Incapacitated; In The Circuit Court for Pinellas County, Florida, Probate Division, File No. 90-2908GD-003
3. In Love With Death: The bizarre passion of the pull-the-tube people, By Peggy Noonan, New York Times, March 24, 2005; http://www.opinionjournal.com/columnists/pnoonan/PEGGY NOONAN
4. http://www.miami.edu/ethics2/schiavo/timeline.htm There is also a link to download Judge Greer's February 11, 2000 ruling from here.
5. I won't dignify this moron with the word 'President.' That would imply that I have respect for him.
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