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March 31, 2005

OpEd Roundup

Christopher G. Adamo
Judicial Activism, When Will Conservatives Act?

“Throughout history, the law has served several functions. In a free and morally upright society, it provides a framework within which the people can safely live their lives and pursue their dreams. In a dictatorship however, it devolves into a weapon by which the strong control the weak.

“The incredible events in Florida during this past week prove that the law has ceased to serve its original purpose. As it mutates into a tool of those in authority, concepts such as “corruption” and “abuse of power” lose their meaning and fade into irrelevancy. Eventually, the only purpose served by such terms is, like the rest of the law, to be selectively invoked as a means of bludgeoning those who refuse to comply with the new order.”


J. B. Williams (sarcasm alert)
How the Right Has It All Wrong About Terri

“When are you people who only trust in God going to learn that men know better and that no God can protect you like a good secular judge can? When will you learn that if you just trust in the laws specifically made for you, morals aren’t necessary? Justice is in the eye of the beholder. It’s only what’s legal that matters.”

Matthew Holmes
At Least You Wouldn’t Die Hungry

“Their current ‘Let Terri Die’ campaign, however, is becoming much like Bill Clinton’s ‘I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky’ debacle. Specifically, it is method of defending an obvious lie by creating new definitions and endless qualifications for the act involved.”

Vincent Fiore
The Secular Media and Death

“The mainstream media have trumpeted Terri Schiavo's death like some clarion call to ideological arms. Editorials and stories abound within the pages of the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. These stories essentially look to pacify a concerned yet media-manipulated public regarding the questions that surround Terri's tragic life and excruciating death, and excoriate the Republican Party for trying to give her a final chance at life.”

Robin Mullins Boyd
Florence Nightingale Would Be Ashamed

“An organization of health care professionals stands alongside a Judge who ordered that nothing, including ice chips, be given to a patient? A profession that is dominated by females supports a husband's decision to refuse therapy services and other personal care, such as mouth care, to his wife? In this age of technological advances, a nationally recognized nursing organization supports discontinuation of basic nourishment without updated medical tests to determine the patient's true status?”

Mark Earley
The Lessons of Suffering: Terri Schiavo and Holy Week

“...why do we become so easily confused on matters of life and death? I think one of the biggest reasons is our fear of suffering. Strangely, our society—a society with fewer illnesses and a longer lifespan than any previous generation—has an almost morbid dread of any kind of suffering. Many of us are willing to accept any laws, any court rulings, just or unjust—as long as we believe that one day those laws might keep us from having to suffer.”

William Rusher
The battle for the courts

“A battle is about to open in Washington that will knock such old staples as Iraq and Social Security reform right off the nation's front pages – or at least to positions well below the fold. For President Bush has renominated to various Circuit Courts of Appeal nine conservative judges whom the Democrats managed to block in the last Congress by threatening to filibuster the debates on their confirmation.”

Matthew J. Franck
The Court of the Problem: Terri Schiavo and Supreme precedent

“As Terri Schiavo's case reveals, the effects of Cruzan have been catastrophic. No state, in the last 15 years, has been able to legislate in the traditional, fully protective pro-life fashion that Justice Scalia described, even if it wanted to. Scalia's opinion was a requiem for the unqualified protection of innocent life in American law.”

Ann Coulter
The emperor's new robes

“You can't grow peanuts on your own land or install a toilet capable of disposing two tissues in one flush because of federal government intervention. But Congress demands a review of the process that goes into a governmental determination to kill an innocent American woman – and that goes too far!”

Thomas Sowell
Killing Terri Schiavo, Part II

“What the law just passed by Congress did was authorize a federal court to go back to square one and examine the actual merits of the Terri Schiavo case, not simply review whether the previous judge behaved illegally. Congress authorized the federal courts to retry this case from scratch—“de novo” as the legislation says in legal terminology.

“That is precisely what the federal courts have refused to do.”

Eric Cohen
How Liberalism Failed Terri Schiavo

“A true adherence to procedural liberalism--respecting a person's clear wishes when they can be discovered, erring on the side of life when they cannot--would have led to a much better outcome in this case. It would have led the court to preserve Terri Schiavo's life and deny Michael Schiavo's request to let her die. But as we have learned, the descent from procedural liberalism's respect for a person's wishes to ideological liberalism's lack of respect for incapacitated persons is relatively swift. Treating autonomy as an absolute makes a person's dignity turn entirely on his or her capacity to act autonomously. It leads to the view that only those with the ability to express their will possess any dignity at all--everyone else is ‘life unworthy of life.’”

Maralyn Lois Polak
What death, what dignity?

“And talk about bad medicine! Life News editor Steven Ertelt cites a Media Research Center study which ‘found that none of the [major] broadcast networks included any medical experts who dissent from the view that Terri is PVS and has no chance of recovering – even though dozens of doctors and neurologists have come forward stating otherwise..’”

Joseph Farah
Mercy or murder?

“He stands accused in a U.S. Army court martial in Germany of taking the life of a mortally wounded suspected Iraqi terrorist in an act of battlefield compassion. He faces 20 years in prison.

“Meanwhile, the estranged husband of Terri Schiavo is reportedly received multi-million dollar book, movie and TV deals for his story about his ‘act of compassion.’”

Craige McMillan
The face of the left has not changed

“‘You f------ little Nazi! Put that sign down.’ Tears welled up in the 10-year-old boy's eyes, and he turned to his mother, who glared at the 30-year-old woman addressing her son.”

Walter Williams
 The law or good ideas?

“Many law professors, and others who hold contempt for our Constitution, preach that the Constitution is a living document. Saying that the Constitution is a living document is the same as saying we don't have a Constitution. For rules to mean anything, they must be fixed. How many people would like to play me poker and have the rules be ‘living’? Depending on ‘evolving standards,’ maybe my two pair could beat your flush.”

Alan Sears
Where is that in the Constitution?

“Regardless of the language or rationalizations employed, the courts are overstepping the bounds set for them by the very Constitution they claim to uphold. These judges are legislating from the bench despite the fact that creating law and new rights is not the job of judges.”

Anne Applebaum
How We Die: Choice and Chance

“But because we don't dwell on it, and because we haven't thought about it, the system that has sprung up to care for the elderly and the terminally ill is neither medically nor ethically consistent. In different regions of the country — even among hospitals rated the best in the country — there are huge variations in the kind of treatment given to dying patients.”

Posted by Danny Carlton at March 31, 2005 10:46 AM

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