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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