After striking out three times in lower federal court decisons, Terri Schiavo’s parents made a desperation, long-shot appeal to the Supreme Court on Wednesday, asking justices to order resumption of nourishment for their severely brain-damaged daughter.
What,” a reader wanted to know, “turned you into such a Bush-hater?” Nothing. I’m not a Bush-hater. I don’t know the man well enough to hate him. Hate is a personal emotion. I don’t get personal. I am, however, very angry over what Bush and his minions have done to the country I love.
As I write these words, Terri Schiavo is being starved to death because she was once a chubby little girl. Almost everyone has heard about how, 15 years ago, Schiavo’s heart stopped for several minutes, causing massive brain damage that left her severely disabled. What very few people are aware of, because it has gone largely unreported, is that Terri’s heart stopped as a consequence of an eating disorder.
Journalists who cover a town hall, city hall, statehouse or White House have all had the experience of covering a story in which the government is lying. It makes no difference whether the halls and houses are controlled by Democrats or Republicans. Lies happen. Sometimes daily.
Both President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney lied during the 2004 Presidential campaign when he claimed U.S. forces did not miss a chance to capture Osama bin Laden at Tora Bora in 2001. A U.S. government document shows a terror suspect held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, was a commander for Osama bin Laden during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in the 1980s and helped the al-Qaida leader escape his mountain hide-out at Tora Bora in 2001.
A federal appeals court refused early Wednesday to order the reinsertion of Terri Schiavo’s feeding tube, denying an emergency request by the severely brain-damaged woman’s parents to keep her alive.