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3.24.2005    |    Perhaps Jeb won't become...
...our next president. I had the thoroughly unoriginal idea on March 1 that Jeb Bush, governor of Florida and younger brother to W., would make a sterling candidate in 2008. Now, however, it looks as though Gov. Bush may be letting an opportunity to stand up for life go by. The latest installment is that the Supremes won't (again) hear the Schiavo case. It is beginning to look as though the only thing that might work is if Jeb Bush has the Florida National Guard or state police go to the hospice and rescue Terri Schiavo bodily.

What, you say? You advocate Jeb Bush taking the law into his own hands? In this matter, the law may say that Terri Schiavo must die. The law, if it says this, is not moral, and we have the duty to contravene it if we can. Gov. Bush can. It's true he would likely lose much support from so-called "moderates." To which I would say that there are some things more important than being president (or governor, for that matter). He's already on the outs with the pro-death crowd (for an outstanding essay on this group, see Peggy Noonan's article in today's WSJ). In reality, it's far from clear how much support he would lose. He might actually gain support from us evangelical crazies.

Terri Schiavo may, indeed, be beyond feeling or knowing anything. But simple justice, nevermind "the law", demands that the benefit of the doubt be given to the even infinitesimal chance that she could make some recovery. Ms. Schiavo's parents apparently stand ready, willing, and able to shoulder the financial burden for keeping her alive. The one who wants her dead has a bit of a conflict of interest (living with another woman with whom he has had children). Not to mention that it's his say-so against Terri's parents as to what she might wish to have happen.

We are told by some, most, in fact, that Terri is a vegetable and that she has zero chance for any kind of consciousness. Others are less sure. For instance, yesterday at NRO, Pia de Solenni, director of life and women’s issues at the Family Research Council, reminds us
Terri was not on life support. She breathes on her own and her brain can still keep her organs functioning. Terri wasn’t dying any more than the rest of us until her feeding and hydration tube was pulled on Friday. At that point, she started to die, just like you and I would if we were denied food and water for an extended period of time.
Ms. de Solenni's absolutely correct conclusion? "Disability or lack of ability are not grounds for starvation."

The courts are not the problem. Those who would err on the side of death are. Gov. Jeb Bush -- you know what you need to do.


Blogger John said...

Excellent post JL, surely someone must step in, either Jeb or the President, whoever, as long as they stop this barbaric act!

10:00 PM, March 24, 2005  

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Welcome. My name is John Luke Rich, (very) struggling Christian. The focus here is Christianity in its many varieties, its fussing and feuding, how it impacts our lives and our society, with detours to consider it with other faiths (or lack thereof).

Call this blog my way of evangelizing on the internet.

Putting it differently, we're only here on this earth a short time. It's the rest of eternity that we should be most concerned about. Call it the care and feeding of our souls.

I was born Jewish, and born again in Christ Jesus over thirty years ago. First as a Roman Catholic; now a Calvinist by persuasion and a Baptist by denomination. But I'm hardly a poster boy for doctrinal rigidity.

I believe that Scripture is the rock on which all Christian churches must stand -- or sink if they are not so grounded. I believe that we are saved by faith, but hardly in a vacuum. That faith is a gift from God, through no agency on our part -- although we sometimes turn a deaf ear and choose to ignore God's knocking on the door.

To be Christian is to evangelize. Those who think it not their part to evangelize perhaps haven't truly understood what our Lord told us in Matthew 28. We must preach the Gospel as best we are able. Using words if necessary.

Though my faith waxes and wanes, it never seems to go away. Sometimes I wish it would, to give me some peace of mind. But then, Jesus never said that walking with Him was going to be easy...

Final note: I also blog as Jack Rich on cultural, political and other things over at Wrong Side of the Tracks

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