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March 22, 2005

Taking a closer look at the law, Terri and Judge Greer

The purpose of law or a legal system for that matter is very simple, and basically selfish. We want some power to prevent people from doing something to us that is bad. We've extended that throughout the millennia to also include power to keep people from doing things that are simply bad, whether or not it affects other people. (Yes, I know Libertarians dislike that concept). At the heart of any legal system must exist a core of some kind of morality. Inspite of the incessant whine from Liberals that we cannot legislate morality, every law is a legislation of morality.

The Nazis felt that gassing Jews was a moral thing. Other didn't. We imposed our morality on them and ended the holocaust. But if we play the game that morality is relative, then we have a serious problem. Ultimately someone's morality will conflict with someone else's. Typically the majority's? But our nation was founded on many principals of justice, not the least of which, the idea that the majority should not oppress a minority. But if morality is relative, how can that ever be resolved?

It can't. The idea that morality is relative is a mind game people play in order to rationalize their chosen vices. But it's a game that's become a part of our legal system. We have allowed the nose of the camel of euthanasia under the edge of our tent, and now we have it's big hairy head in our lap, fending off it's long slimy tongue. It's been barely 60 years since we saw first hand what happens when the camel comes all the way in. The smoking chimneys of Auschwitz should not be that faded in our collective memories.

But the putrid evil of euthanasia is here, albeit so subtly in so many way. When my great grandmother died, I was told that in the hospital, when the alarms sounded, and aunt who'd been a nurse shouted, "No code blue! No code blue!" none of the family knew what she was talking about, and none said anything. My great grandmother was allowed to die. Being from a somewhat stoic Arkansas family, when they found out what had happened, they kept quiet, not wanting to raise a ruckus. After all my grandmother had lived a long life -- but one family member made the decision to end her life, rather than letting it be in God's hands.

When my own mother died, doctors pestered my dad to simply let her die as they worked to keep her heart going. Much to his credit, and something I hold as a tribute of honor to his integrity and strength, he told the doctors, “You just keep doing whatever you can.” In a short time God took the decision out of their hands, and my mother passed away. 

But every day our doctors and medical professionals play the game of pretend. Pretend they have amazing powers to keep people alive -- when the truth is they don't. Pretend the person is worse off than they are -- when the truth is, they are covering their butts. Pretend there's nothing wrong with taking a human life because it's inconvenient -- when it is, and always has been.

And now we have a serious quandary. While playing this pretend game, with the willing collaboration of lawmakers and judges -- the law has become polarized from morality. Sunday we watched as those wanting to save Terri Schiavo's life spoke of morality, while those wanting to kill her spoke of law. It is frightening to see that our law has become so divorced from basic morality that the “rule of law” is used daily to perpetrate horrible immorality. What was even more frightening is that those wanting Terri to die, also use the veneer of religion to whitewash their evil. The same bigots who would, in a moment, strip the rights of a Christian, Moslem or Jew who wanted to express their religious ideas in public, paraded themselves out as some sort of grotesque mockery of pseudo-religious self-righteousness.

Even the Main Stream Media has joined suit and intentionally censor and even lie about the facts of Terri's case. Online polls are touted as proof of the public opinion, yet most are easily manipulated, and are therefore proof only that those who are willing to cheat -- want Terri dead.

In the end we have people who are so shallow and self centered they cannot conceive that the love and self-sacrifice Terri's parents have been begging to give her is actually real. They don't want to just allow people to “throw away” relative that inconvenience them -- they want those people deemed unusable, undesirable or inconvenient to be “put away” by force of law. We have people who have participated in the murder of incapacitated relatives who now must fight to maintain the sick illusion that cold blooded murder is “compassionate”.

Judge George Greer's parents died a short time before he first ran for the bench. The circumstances surrounding their deaths are unavailable, and inspite of research, people have been unable to find any details. Did Greer euthanize his own parents? Is that why he ignores and breaks the law to make sure Terri Schiavo dies? Is he using Terri as part of his own sick rationalization for justifying his own deeds? As a judge he would have the power to close records detailing the circumstances of his parents' deaths, but if indeed he did participate in the euthanasia murder of his own parents, he would be wholly unqualified to act as judge in this case -- which he has held hostage for almost two decades.

Posted by Danny Carlton at March 22, 2005 09:03 AM

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Pro life advocates beg congress to step in and make abortion illegal but bitch a fit when they decide to step in to save a woman from starving to death. Pro life is pro life. Not just pro life for fetus's.

Posted by: Betty Mowery at March 22, 2005 10:51 AM

Uh, as I understand it, pro-life advocates are very much in favor of saving Terri's life, and are not complaining about Congress trying to prevent Terri's death.

Randall Terry...hm...now where have I heard that name before?

Posted by: Danny Carlton at March 22, 2005 11:25 AM

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