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Mi Fa' Schivo

I can't draw. But if I could, and if I were going to draw a cartoon to summarize the Schiavo affair, it would be the all but lifeless body of Terri Schiavo being picked to pieces by vultures named DeLay, Hassert, Rove, Sensenbrenner, Frist et al.

Make no mistake, I'm not qualified to have an opinion on whether Terri Schiavo should live or die. Neither, of course, is Congress, but apparently this is neither a medical or moral issue, but a political one. A "talking points memo" reportedly authored by Senator weirdo-in-chief Rick Santorum gushes over the political opportunities offered by Terri's withered existence. And so the vultures are feeding.

The hypocrisy is running even deeper than usual. In fact, it's practically a Hypocrisy Tsunami. What disgusts me so much about this whole Schiavo circus isn't just that these creeps capitalize upon this family's sad and difficult situation for personal gain -- that's what politicians do -- but how these low life's talk about the sanctity of life.

I've noticed something about the "pro life" issues advanced by these neo-cons. They are always "pro-life" when it makes no difference and where no commitment is required. It's all well and good to be against abortion, but these people lose interest in "life" once the child is born. If you are really pro life, then you should make a commitment beyond just getting a child born. If these people really cared about children or life, they would turn their legislative agenda toward healthcare and education and things that really matter in the life of young children. But they don't. They pass laws to reduce taxes for the rich and large corporations, and they cut funding for health and education programs for children. And then they have to the nerve to hold a grandstanding midnight legislative session to save Terri Schiavo's life.

Terri Schiavo, by the way, is a good example of the kind of harm that can be caused by medical malpractice. Maybe, just maybe, if these legislators were capable of putting a little commitment behind their rhetoric, they would show their respect for Terri Schiavo and the Terri Schiavo's of the future and abandon their efforts to deprive victims of medical malpractice of just compensation for the harm that is done to them.

As usual, George Bush not only leads the pack of anti life hypocrites, but stands head and shoulders above the rest. It's common knowledge, or at least should be comment knowledge, that Bush as Governor of Texas signed a bill that permits hospitals to pull the plug in similar situations when a patient can't pay the bill, And of course, we have Bush, again as Governor of Texas, who presided over scores of executions and never once granted clemency or a stay of execution. It is Bush who proposed the budget reductions in education and health care for children and the mentally ill. Finally, it is Bush the warmonger who started an immoral and unnecessary war that has resulted in the death of tens of thousands of innocent Iraqi citizens.

A small but annoying aspect of this whole charade has been lost in the media frenzy. Bush managed to drag himself away from his Texas ranch to get back to Washington to sign the Terri Schiavo bill at something like one in the morning. Remember that this is the same George Bush who usually goes to bed at 10pm no matter what is going on in the world, and who in August, 2001, couldn't be bothered at the Texas ranch to pay any attention to warnings that Osama Bin Laden was planning a domestic terrorist attack. When it comes to being a real president, Bush goes to bed early and hides out at his Crawford ranch, but when it comes to political grandstanding, he's a real trooper.

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