March 25, 2005
The BuzzFlash Mailbag
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Subject: Terri Schiavo And My
She lay on a bed we had moved to our living room. Much like Terri Schiavo, she occasionally moaned and sighed. Other than that, she appeared to be asleep. We all knew there was no hope, and what the outcome would be. It was only a matter of time. My mother passed away about a week after my birthday, the day she went into the coma. Her death certificate reads "malnutrition" under cause of death.
We could have easily hooked her up to feeding tubes, and IVs, and she would likely still be breathing to this day, if we had. She never told anyone in the family that she didn't want this, only her doctor. She could easily have become a Terri Schiavo case. But, we loved her. We knew that no sane person would EVER agree to live that way-a soul, stuck in a useless body. Most of the family were Christian, or at least believed in God. We all knew her soul would be freed of the bonds of suffering the moment she took her last breath. And when it happened, we ALL breathed a sigh of relief, that she was finally free.
How can Terri Schiavo's family claim to be Christian, or to love her, when they would doom this formerly vibrant, active woman to living in a useless body, where she is imprisoned by a feeding tube. She died 15 years ago, yet they want to keep her soul trapped.
This is NOT right-to-life. This is cruelty. I would plead with her family: PLEASE don't let this drag on any longer. You know in your hearts that she's gone. Let her go in peace. She's become a circus act, thanks to all the publicity you've garnered on her behalf. We've all seen her movements, which are nothing but base responses. She will never walk along a Florida beach. She will never tell you her most heartfelt desires. She will never hold you in her arms and tell you how much she loves you. She died when her heart stopped, 15 years ago.
If God wanted her to live, he
would have performed the miracle
you were looking for, the moment
the tubes were removed. HE would
have had her sit up, and ask what
was happening. Did she? No. Her
soul is already gone, all that's
left is the vehicle it inhabited.
Let her rest, now. Doesn't she
deserve it? If you are the Christians
you claim to be, you KNOW her
soul will be in Heaven, waiting
for you. Why put yourselves, and
her, through all this torment?
Subject: Have we all had enough yet?
Is it time for the MAD AS HELL
MARCH on Washington? Is it time
for all those sick of the manipulation,
indifference to our troops' safety,
phony concern when it's politically
beneficial, incompetence and corruption
of the current regime to make
a loud statement and call for
the immediate resignation of Bush?
Subject: If Terri Schiavo had been living in Texas ...
A BuzzFlash Reader
P.S. If Terri Schiavo had been living in Texas, she would have had her feeding tube pulled the week after George W. Bush, as governor, signed the legislation enabling a hospital to disconnect feeding tubes, breathing devices and any other care to patients in Terri Schiavo's condition -- even WITHOUT the consent of the family. Bush signed the law in 1999 to save money for the Texas Hospitals Association AND keep taxes down. See what happens when the drive to keep taxes down overrides humane concerns?
Subject: Defending the Truth
Carolyn in Tennessee
[BuzzFlash Note: In the Mailbag, our readers provide unique insights and personal opinions on political issues. "Disgusted" did so by addressing Rove's "divide and conquer" strategies, albeit with provocative language. We doubt that any ethical progressive is happy with the Terri Schiavo debacle, either as it impacts the family personally or from a political perspective -- it's an unmitigated mess. Oh -- and we try to avoid blue state/red state spats in the Mailbag. Let's seek truth and political strength together. Thanks for being part of BuzzFlash.]
Subject: Terri Schiavo And Florida's DCF
To wit, remember little Rilya Wilson? The poor child disappeared years ago while under their "care" and has never been found; they recently charged her caregiver. Another instance come to mind where one of their workers was found passed out, dead drunk in her car with again, a child in her care. And perhaps this glaring instance of just how awful they are, a senior citizen had not been seen for many weeks and his neighbors became alarmed since he was rather visible in the community. They called the police to check on him and he was found dead, eaten alive by rats!!
One can only imagine what they would do to Terri Schiavo. Her supporters
should allow her to die peacefully and with dignity and realize
that the brothers Bush don't give a fiddler's f--k about the least
among us, it's always about them and this awful charade they keep
trying to perpetrate on us; PEOPLE, get your shit together and stand
up for the rights that the Constitution and the Bill of Rights gives
to us or else they could disappear like poor little Rilya Wilson!!
Subject: Republicans vs. the Judicial
Bush doesn’t own all of the Judges across the country as proven by the recent court decisions on Schiavo. And now we see a side-door power attempt through Bush’s brother Jeb, taking a quantum leap by trying to gain state custody of Schiavo. This all appears to be a political power grab to take judicial decisions out of the picture completely ["We’ll show those judges who runs this country!"]
You can bet that no matter when Ms. Schiavo’s life ends, the republicans
have their hate propaganda well drafted in advance against the Democrats.
Whether the food tube is reinserted or not, the republicans will
blame those cruel Democrats for her death. Republican propagandists
know this is a win-win situation all the way around. The cable news
pundits will be in their glory. The Christian wingnuts will have
another wacko cause to crusade around the country. Get ready ...
it is all guaranteed for the Land of Oz.
... Well this is the story of a governor named JEB
a slick politician who kept this dying woman fed
then one day he was pandering for some votes
saying he and Dubya are just like regular folks ...
rich and powerful that is, politically connected ...
So the next thing you know old JEB's fix-in up a scare
saying, let this woman die you'll be heading straight down there
if messing in this tragedy is more than you can bear
well, we need them Christian votes and I don't really care ...
hanging chads, stuffed ballot boxes, stop the recount ...
well now as JEB and Dubya hate to mess in this family feud
getting involved in your private life is really sort of rude
using the heavy hand of government is nothing short of crude
but they're gonna keep your dying wife on her feeding tube ...
Supreme court ruling, police state, big brother ...
Subject: Mrs. Dogood
Who was Mrs. Dogood? Mrs. Dogood thought that "the hypocrite is the most dangerous person of the two, especially if he sustains a post in the government." When did Mrs. Dogood write this? She attacked the link between church and state, which was the very foundation of the commonwealth. She finished with, "... the most dangerous hypocrite ... is the one who leaves the gospel for the sake of the law. A man compounded of law and gospel is able to cheat a whole country with his religion and then destroy them under the color of law."
Mrs. Dogood was the name taken by Benjamin Franklin when he had charge of his brother's newspaper while his brother was in the hoose-gow for several weeks. This was written in late 1722. Sounds as if it is quite up to date, doesn't it?
Subject: President Bush And Congressional Members Hanging By A
Rope In The Schiavo Case
The Schiavo case made its way through the court system, going all the way up to the Florida Supreme Court. Since the issue was one of legal guardianship over her, the State of Florida used the guidance of Florida State Law in order to render a decision. Although federal law would state that legal guardianship must be established, it’s up to individual states to determine what constitutes such guardianship. Had federal law established who would receive guardianship, then that law would apply to all states and have to be enforced uniformly throughout the country.
That’s why there are no federal laws detailing specifically who has guardianship. Instead, it’s up to individual states to determine, just so long as their laws do not violate federal law or the constitution. Any law so precise at the federal level would constitute a violation of civil rights, giving too much power to the federal government allowing them to dictate to the people. By signing the bill regarding the Schiavo case and moving it out of the state’s jurisdiction into federal jurisdiction where there are no laws that address such specifics, Bush has set aside the U.S. Constitution, completely undermining the very foundation on which our government and judicial system has been built.
Not only have they violated the civil rights of Terri Schiavo, her parents, and her husband, but they’ve also violated the civil rights of every U. S. citizen. Bush may now face the possibility of being sued in federal court for the violation of U.S. civil rights and every member of congress that voted in favor of the bill may now also face similar charges.
Also, given Bush’s recent statements regarding the sanctity of life in the Schiavo case and the recent death of a sixth-month old infant who was removed from life-support against his mother’s wishes, and done so under a Texas law that he signed as governor in 1999 allowing hospitals to do so if a patient is deemed terminal and the legal guardian cannot pay for care, the state of Texas and Bush may also be facing charges in a wrongful death suit, should the child’s mother choose to pursue it.
Should a civil rights case go to court, and Bush and members of congress are found guilty, Congress would have no choice but to impeach Bush and any congressional members involved in passing the bill on the charges of Treason. If no civil charges are filed in federal court, yet criminal wrongful death charges are filed and he’s found guilty, Bush may be the only president in U.S. history to sit in office not from the White House but from a jail cell.
Additionally, Michael Schiavo could also file charges of slander and defamation of character against Tom DeLay for his negative on-the-record remarks concerning him during the congressional debates and interviews with the press. Other members of congress who may have also slandered him during the debates and interviews may also face similar charges.
I guess it’s true what they say, “if you give someone enough rope,
they’ll hang themselves.” Well these people have been given plenty.
And given their actions, their end may be coming soon at the end
of their own rope.
Subject: Food For Thought
Subject: A Drama Now Being Staged For George W Bush Supporters!
Subject: IMAX Film 'Volcanoes' Gets Cold Shoulder (AP/Chicago Tribune)
Do you know anyone that is doing an e-mail bombardment taking
Imax to task for their creationism stance? I tried the theatres'
website but of course couldn't get on it. If I was an internet techy
I would definitely start one.
Subject: Did Jo Bonner really say that?
[Author's note: I usually do not like to write about occurrences when I don't have first-hand knowledge of them. The words of one of my journalism professors, many years ago, echo in my thoughts. "It isn't what you DON'T know that gets you in trouble. It's what you DO know that isn't so." Indeed. Even so, the quote I write about below comes to me from eyewitnesses whose recollection and truthfulness I trust implicitly.]
America ... love it or leave it. Did Jo Bonner really say that? I was out of town and unable to attend one of Rep. Josiah Bonner's (R-AL) "Town Hall Meetings" in Baldwin County, Alabama on Tuesday, March 22. But I heard about them. Oh yes, I heard a lot about them.
First, I must commend Rep. Bonner. His town hall meetings are not nearly so controlled nor as scripted at George W. Bush's. Unlike the Bush "pep-rallies," I understand attendees at Rep. Bonner's meetings are not required to obtain tickets beforehand, nor are they chosen from a roster of "approved" citizens. Evidently there's not even a list of "undesirables" who would be summarily turned away. Perhaps because of this, it's impossible for all questions or comments from the audience to be previously vetted and scripted.
Unfortunately, some of Tuesday's gatherings didn't go quite as smoothly as had been hoped. Again unlike the Bush public relations/propaganda shows, participants (both Democrat and Republican, I am told) did not go along with absolutely every action of the current Washington administration. Each and every one of these actions is apparently wholeheartedly endorsed by Rep. Bonner.
Many citizens who attended questioned and commented on the Iraq invasion and subsequent aftermath, the cost and conduct of same, the record-breaking federal deficit, and, of course, the proposed privatization of Social Security. I understand how frustrating it can be to meet with constituents who do not completely share your opinions, especially constituents who may actually oppose and disapprove of what you want to do. Maybe it was because of the frustration level, and maybe it was also just the end of a tiring day, but towards the conclusion of one meeting a member of the audience quoted Rep. Bonner as saying "If you don't like it in America, then you can leave!"
"America ... love it or leave it." I thought we had gotten past this short-sighted, anti-democratic, and un-American bumper-sticker mentality after Viet Nam. Wiser and cooler heads prevailed. "If you don't like it, change it." is the remedy endorsed by the vast majority of freedom loving Americans. That's the great thing about living in a democratic republic. If we don't like the course our elected leaders have set out upon, we can change them and change that course of action.
Maybe it's time for such a change.
Footnote: Although there was coverage in local newspapers of the town hall meetings, no mention has so far been made of Rep. Bonner's invitation for dissidents to leave the country. Why am I not surprised? I contacted Rep. Bonner's office to ask if he actually said what had been reported to me. A very pleasant and courteous aide said since they hadn't been present, they didn't actually know what he said. Fair enough. Then they told me that all of the meetings, conducted over two days in Mobile and Baldwin counties, had been "very contentious". Small wonder.
Subject: A Mask Tells More Than A Face! -- Oscar Wilde
In like a lion, out like a lamb! If this happens the Bush plan has worked in the outing of a CIA agent, Valerie Plame! Out of Sight, ignored by the media and out of mind, seems to be the result with little expectation that the REAL truth will EVER be known!!
George Bush puts on a mask of honesty over a face of deceit! This is just one example of his hypocrisy! Many other scandals and investigations have met this same fate and the call for justice goes unanswered! The Plame investigation was not that complicated and should have been over a long time ago. Patrick Fitzgerald was appointed in December of 2003! The road to justice in this particular investigation has been met with detours, pursuing wrong leads and reporters, trying to pull information out of a reluctant Administration, all in a determined effort of Mr. Bush and his cronies to COVER-UP for that Administration Higher-up!
What about the promise of George Bush to get to the bottom of this outrage and do it quickly! His words do not match his actions once again! At one time the public recognized this farce as an act of revenge, many concluded it was a criminal act! Who is Bob Novak protecting and just who in the Administration is protecting him?
Disclosure is vital and action must be taken, we must CLEAR OUT
the “old growth forest” of misleading information and reveal the
truth of the Plame investigation. Then we must expose the mask of
deceit and the many scandals hidden, covered-up, voted down, misrepresented
and dismissed by the most deceitful Administration in our nation’s
Subject: Pew Poll Shows A Backlash Brewing Among Young Adults
Subject: Do We Really Want To Open That Door?
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