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3/25/2005

The Obligatory Terry Schiavo Post

Filed under: — Jaime @ 11:52 pm

When the circus first came to town I did my best to ignore it. Somewhere over the last two weeks, however, we have collectively propelled ourselves into a nationwide frenzy over the ordeal. The whole matter has gone from a family spat to one of the oddest legijudicinfotainment episodes in modern memory. The only reason I feel compelled to write is because it may be one of those incidents on which we will want to reflect in the future. It appears to be a historically unique sort of frenzy.

A few people out there have made certain points about this issue in a much more salient way than I ever could. Eeyore, for example, speaks of the same collective confusion I see regarding facts of the events leading up to and surrounding the last 15 years of Terri Schiavo’s life. I disagree with him, however, when he says that this case is not ‘incredibly confusing’. Any matter that has been litigated for as long and in as many courts as this has is, by default, is confusing. The problem I see is that certain people prefer to not bother themselves with learning all the details. For some, it is far easier to find a few good talking points from the talking heads on their side of the aisle and repeat them ad naseum. Learning details would require independent research and that sounds too much like work.

Newly acquainted fellow Savannah blogger Dizzy-Girl echoes my sentiments surrounding the dark, bureaucratic repercussions that could arise from the legislatures (Federal and Florida State) involving themselves in a single, personal family episode.

I think that we’re crossing a very dangerous line when we allow politicians into personal matters like this. We’re opening the door for them to take more control over our lives and our decisions. I’m just not down with that.

Me neither. Stick that on your slippery slope and slide.

Continuing to ensure my spot between Mike and Wertz in hell, I can’t help but wonder what will become of our already frenzied fundies like Randall Terry if Terry Schiavo dies over Easter weekend, it being Jesus Death Extravaganza Days and all.

I do have an outstanding question regarding the hospice doctors. How are they not being brought before the state board (or whatever agency Florida has established for regulating doctors) to inquire why they are allowing a patient to starve in their care? Mike showed me an article today regarding a Florida farmer who is facing criminal charges:

Rancher Michael Lee Swails of Immokalee is being held in Collier County Jail on 120 felony counts of animal cruelty that accuse him of starving his herd of cattle.

He was arrested Thursday and is being held in jail on $100,000 bail. Each of his 120 charges carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison.
The News-Press

So let me get this straight. It’s a felony to starve cattle in Florida, but not people…oooookkkkk. Florida continues to live up to its reputation as America’s Wang. The sentiment has been made many times but we don’t starve our pets to death, it’s unconscionable we do it to people. If the rulings stand that she is to die then her go outright. Why prolong the agony? All men must die…. Appropriate musical irony brought to us by Roger Waters.

Is the frenzy surrounding Terry Schiavo’s life and eminent demise a symptom of an increasingly opinionated, yet barely educated, populace? Will we see more frenzy events like this as our access to information and broadcast methods becomes more available? Are we drowning in a sea of information?

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