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Monday, March 21, 2005

Cowardice

I am disgusted by the actions of Senator Dayton, Coleman, and four members of Minnesota's Congressional delegation. Few times in American history has Congress as an institution sunk so low.

If these people had any courage at all, they would now go to every person in Minnesota who has ever had to make such a decision about a loved one, or will have to make such a decision, and say, "Despite your beliefs that you are doing what is best for your family, 535 strangers from Washington have the right to interfere with your family's decision when it is politically expedient."

But no. Not one of these people has the courage to face somebody who has made this decision, and say directly to them, "I know better than you what is best for you and your family. I even know better than the court system." Cowards.

2 Comments:

At 10:01 PM, March 21, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm going to write pretty much that same sentiment to each of of the 6 individuals referenced. If our elected officials keep pulling shit like this, then they had better start hearing about it. I'll be sure to reference your post if I plagerize - you stated the issue very well. There should at least be an op-ed in the Press/Trib in the next week...

 
At 9:00 AM, March 22, 2005, Blogger DP said...

"Dayton spokeswoman Chris Lisi said he based his position "solely" on Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's Thursday floor statement. In that speech, Frist, who is a medical doctor and had reviewed video footage of Schiavo, said that she is responsive and that more time is needed to determine her fate."

It would appear Dayton has learned very little about the other party in his four years in the Senate. Needless to say, for "Dr." Frist to make such a diagnosis (yes, more time, 15 years is apparently not enough) from an hour of video footage violates every medical ethical principle I am aware of.

 

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