Right to Die

[This post is a syndication of my latest Ruberyvillage MattSez column]

Note: It is incorrect to state that George Bush did not veto a single execution as Governor of Texas. Many thanks to Ward Larkin for pointing out the error. However, he did preside over 152 in 6 years.

President Bush has found time in his busy schedule of warmongering and prisoner execution to remind us of a person’s right to ‘life’ in a 15 year coma.

Terri Schiavo, a brain damaged woman from Florida, has been in a “persistent vegetative state” for 15 years. Her parents want her kept ‘alive’ while her husband, and legal guardian, argues that she would not want to live like this. It would be difficult for any family in this situatation, but the intervention of President Bush is curious. He even interrupted his holiday to interfere, because the timing of one woman’s death is obviously such a crucial issue for him.

This is a man who, as Governor of Texas, did not veto a single execution. As President countless numbers of peoples have died in Iraq in a war that turned out to based on faulty and downright wrong intelligence (and that’s putting it kindly.) He’s done nothing to help the millions of American who have no health insurance, and his environmental policies may end up killing us all at some point.

Yet apparently, Bush thinks that there “a presumption in favour of life” in these cases. What kind of life, I wonder, is Mrs Schiavo living? Is it even humane to keep her ‘alive’ for this long, when there seems no hope of her ever recovering?

Most people would agree that these things should be looked at on a case by case basis. The ‘right to life campaigners’ don’t see it this way, and have now succeeded in allowing the politicians to try and overrule judges. Just think, if this ever happened to you, a large group of evangelical nutters might use you as a way to smash the freedoms of the very American Constitution they claim to love so much.

Isn’t that called a dictatorship? And doesn’t it directly contradict the “hands-off, personal freedom” that Republicans enjoy shouting at anyone who will listen?

President Bush was elected as a fanatical, right-wing evangelical Christian and he’s governing like one. We shouldn’t be surprised. I’m actually starting to think he a has a mental condition – He craves power, can’t resist meddling in people’s lives, and the voices in his head tell him he is a messenger from God. Meet the most powerful man in the world!

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7 Comments on :
Right to Die

  1. Crusader42 and a 1/2 says:

    Thats Really unfair i mean in all state of life as well. Although u might not know what im talking about. im going to shoot Bush and Im 1/2 American"

  2. Alex Newman says:

    Being half American has nothing to do with it, half of America probably wants to shoot him.

  3. Big_Bro_Man says:

    Ok lets take our shoes off at the door, AND leave our crazed left-wing prejudices there too.

    Its basically another Catch-22 situation. For those of you who don’t understand that, in the novel Catch-22, US Soldiers in service could apply to go home by pleading insanity, however by applying for the application process that demonstrated a capable mind and the claim that one was insane was therefore quashed.

    Same here; if you apply to kill yourself then it could be claimed one is depressed.

    Wouldn’t you be if you were severely ill?

    Under UK legislation (based on the assumption US legislation is similar), a person with a mental incapacity has no right to form a contract therefore rendering any application for euthenasia void.

    If it ever makes Parliament, any opposing judge in the country could claim this…..

  4. Red Dalek says:

    She hasn’t applied for euthanasia Big_bro… she’s been in a coma!

  5. BigBroMan says:

    Exactly – SHE hasn’t applied.

  6. Alex Newman says:

    SHE can’t apply for anything, and probably never will be able to.

  7. Crusader42 and a 1/2 says:

    Thats true

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