Tuesday, March 29, 2005

DeLay Deals Deathblow To Dad, Denies Decency to Dying Dame

I wasn't going to say anything about the Schiavo case, because it was so incredibly inconsequential on a national/political scale, but when you convene a special session of Congress to subpeona brain-dead people to testify, you're not only wasting my money, you're grandstanding in the most egregious manner. And you're hurting people. And that's wrong.

Now, of course, it's come out that many of the people involved in this grandstanding don't even believe in the issue they're pimping. G. W. Bush, who sent a lot of people to die without much thought (how do I know that it was without much thought? It's George Fucking Bush, ferchissakes!) and then rushed to D.C. to sign special legislation to "save" the "life" of Terri Schiavo, also once signed a bill allowing hospital ethics committees "to overrule the wishes of family members and terminate life support if they believe further care would be futile." (as reported in Salon.com...link goes to text of bill.)

Then it came out that Tom DeLay made an end-of-life decision for his father, deciding that he should be taken off life support and allowed to die. Strangely, Delay has refused to comment on this. Could it be that he considers this a private, family matter, and that he wouldn't want it dragged out in the press or, say, in a special session of Congress?

To be fair, DeLay didn't say he wasn't going to talk about it because it was a private matter... he just refused to comment. I mean, it's entirely possible that DeLay doesn't want to talk about it because he's aware that in matters of this sort, he comes across as exactly the kind of mean-spirited, manipulative ass-wipe who would torture the Schiavo/Schindler family just to gain some political capital even when it means taking a stand he doesn't in the slightest believe in.


Blogger Juniper Flesco said...

She's dead! She's dead! Now all the political/religious twits will have to talk about real issues! (or look for another distraction)

9:58 AM  
Blogger kant said...

Regarding the remark that " G. W. Bush, who sent a lot of people to die without much thought," this (a passage from Sister Prejean's recent article in the New York Review of Books) makes it pretty clear:
In his autobiography, Bush claimed that the pending execution of Karla Faye Tucker "felt like a huge piece of concrete...crushing me." But in an unguarded moment in 1999 while traveling during the presidential campaign, Bush revealed his true feelings to the journalist Tucker Carlson. Bush mentioned Karla Faye Tucker, who had been executed the previous year, and told Carlson that in the weeks immediately before the execution, Bianca Jagger and other protesters had come to Austin to plead for clemency for her. Carlson asked Bush if he had met with any of the petitioners and was surprised when Bush whipped around, stared at him, and snapped, "No, I didn't meet with any of them." Carlson, who until that moment had admired Bush, said that Bush's curt response made him feel as if he had just asked "the dumbest, most offensive question ever posed." Bush went on to tell him that he had also refused to meet Larry King when he came to Texas to interview [Karla Faye] Tucker but had watched the interview on television. King, Bush said, asked [Karla Faye] Tucker difficult questions, such as "What would you say to Governor Bush?"

What did [Karla Faye] Tucker answer? Carlson asked.

"Please," Bush whimpered, his lips pursed in mock desperation, "please, don't kill me."

Carlson was shocked. He couldn't believe Bush's callousness and reasoned that his cruel mimicry of the woman whose death he had authorized must have been sparked by anger over Karla Faye Tucker's remarks during the King interviews.

3:21 PM  

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