Monday, March 21, 2005

But Seriously..

After a nice long drive home last night, I was just sitting around watching TV. It was a busy night for some folks there in congress. I saw some interesting things that were happening all around the country (outside of the major upsets in the tournament). And by interesting, of course I meaning sickening.

It was interesting to see our congress and president work so hard and diligently for the life of one person. Too bad though, that they’re helping to pass legislation that would be against her will.

In case you’re not familiar with the case, here’s a quick summary. Terri Schiavo had a heart condition that lead to serious brain damage and that has left her in a vegetative state. She can breath on her own, but other than that, she relies on machines to keep her alive.

Her husband Michael, who has won multiple court decisions in FL to carry out what he said his wife would have wanted for herself (not to live by machines), is continually being stopped by the government.

Jeb Bush was the first to misuse his power as the governor to stop the court order, then the FL legislature passed a similar order after the courts once again decided in favor for the husband.

Now, the federal government/congress are now getting into the act with this with the passing of this one bill that is specific only to Terri.

Our government was built on 3 braches that would have checks and balances over each other. Instead of being checks and balances, this church-bought republican government continuously attacks the Judicial branch. Whenever a decision is passed that the other two branches doesn’t like, they simply pass legislation or misuse executive power to deem the decisions useless.

I can hardly describe how angry I would feel if I was to be kept alive by a machine when I have told others that I would NEVER want to live my life that way.

This is a perfect example of how blinded people (esp. in our government) has become as they stand on their pedestals and following some supposive “moral high ground” and arguing that they’re saving a life. Keeping this poor lady alive is not saving her. You’re only prolonging the agony and pain for her, her husband and her family. They are the ones that have to live with this. Not you.

An even more angering and disturbing point to this is that the government now extends their influence not only on the way you should live while you’re alive, but now to how you will die. Who are we as individuals if we don’t even have the choice over that?

Even if you want to choose how you want to die, or what medical procedures you may or maynot want, this case clearly shows that you have very little say if the government decides that they can make better decisions for you.

The government making a better decision for you. Hmm.. what does that sound like?

How much freedom does that sound like we have? Where exactly is the freedom here that this government and president keep talking about spreading throughout the world? As with many things the president and government believe in, it’s blinded by their own righteousness and is only done to make them look good. There’s very little intention of it actually benefiting the people that they supposively serve.

Is it really freedom for the individuals that this government is behind or is it just a change in the kind of government that will tell you exactly how to live your life? Sure doesn’t sound like it.

I will state it here, not that our government would ever recognize it or care, but if I am ever in a situation where I need to be kept alive by machines, please don’t try to do me any favors or use me for your moral righteousness. End it as quickly as you can. Thank you.

On that happy note. Happy Monday!

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