Terry Schiavo: a Poll and an Essay

Remember the polls that said 63% of Americans wanted Terri Schiavo to die? I remember thinking at the time that something was wrong – I recognized that my opinion that our judicial system was killing her wasn’t unanimous, but I couldn’t understand why it was a minority opinion. Others questioned it, too.

Turns out there was good reason to question it – the poll was worded to produce poor results (or as the mainstream media presents it, Americans are changing opinions.) When Americans are given wording that more accurately described Terri’s condition, 79% of them said they thought Terri Schiavo should live.

Of course, our judicial system was in such a fire to kill Terri, it hardly matters what Americans think. The judicial system already had her killed. How Orwellian. “Inconvenient life deserves to die,” the judges effectively said.

American Spectator describes the public execution of Terri Schiavo with push polls to manipulate public opinion that was supported only by fringe left-wingers; and even half of them, like Barney Frank and Jesse Jackson, believed Terri should not be killed by the state. Given the votes in the Senate and House along with the results of the newer, more accurate poll, it’s apparent now that saving Terri Schiavo was a bipartisan effort, supported by most Americans. The news portrayed it as some fundamentalist religious whackos refusing to let her die, but I think I side more with those that feel this was the mainstream media’s payback for the last election to try to “stick it” to the Bush supporters, especially when I see the followup mainstream media news articles, “Will the Schaivo Case Hurt Republicans?” Heck no. If anything, social conservatives are more fired up than ever to push for a “culture of life” society.

Many people seem to be unusually anxious to pretend that this judicial murder is merely a very belated equivalent of a discreet doctor putting a hopeless case out of her misery, or to take refuge in the idea that some magisterial disinterested ‘due process’ is being played out — or as a reader wrote to me the other day: ‘Why are you fundamentalists so clueless? It’s the law, dickbrain. Michael Schiavo isn’t acting for himself; he’s been legally recognised as the person qualified to act for Terri in expressing her wishes based on her own oral declarations.’

Which sounds fine and dandy, until you uncover your ears and a lot of the genteel euphemisms and legalisms and medicalisms — ‘right to die’, ‘guardian ad litem’, ‘PVS’ — start to sound downright Orwellian. PVS means ‘persistent vegetative state’, and because it’s a grand official-sounding term it’s been accepted mostly without question by the mainstream media, even though the probate judge declared Mrs Schiavo in a persistent vegetative state without troubling to visit her and without requiring any of the routine tests, such as an MRI scan. Indeed, her husband hasn’t permitted her to be tested for anything since 1993. Think about that: this woman is being put to death without any serious medical evaluation more recent than 12 years ago.

A little late to save her now, isn’t it?

* From two tips from Michelle Malkin and from David Limbaugh

2 thoughts on “Terry Schiavo: a Poll and an Essay

  1. Eh, more reason not to trust the media. I prefer getting my news from multiple sources, which mainly consists of various blogs. Surprisingly, the local, college student run radio station up here, KSAM (which plays mostly C&W), is actually a good source of fair news around 9-10pm.

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  2. Gallup Poll Results:

    As you may know, on Friday the feeding tube keeping Terri Schiavo alive was removed. Based on what you have heard or read about the case, do you think that the feeding tube should or should not have been removed?

    Should have 56% Should not have 31% no opinion 13%

    Suppose you had a child who was in the same condition as Terry Schiavo, and it were up to you to decide whether to keep that child alive through the use of a feeding tube. What would you, personally, decide to do in that situation: remove the feeding tube or keep the feeding tube in place?

    Should have 56% Should not have 34% no opinion 10%

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