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April 16, 2005

Dean Vows To "Use Terri Schiavo"

Topics: Terri Schiavo's Life Counts

I'm always willing to attack stupid moves on the part of Republican leaders, just as often as I do Democratic leaders. But with folks like Howard Dean, Nancy Pelozi, Harry Reid, and company - what's a guy to do?  They're just too much to ignore and they monopolize the time for "stupid move analysis" and don't leave much time to attack the Republican leadership. Not that the Republican leaders don't have they're fair share of mis-steps, it's just that when it comes to faith and values they usually get it. Unfortunately, Howard Dean and his crowd are determined to keep moving this country toward a one party system. The Dems still just don't get it when it comes to moral issues, particularly when it comes to respect for life and faith. No matter how much they try to spin health care and jobs as "faith and moral issues," when it comes to respect for the sanctity and mystery of life and belief in our creator, the issues just don't equate.

- Powerline
Howard Dean said yesterday that the Democrats would use Terri Schiavo as a weapon against the Republicans in 2006 and 2008, according to the Los Angeles Times:

Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean said Friday that his party would wield the Terri Schiavo case against Republicans in the 2006 and 2008 elections, but for now needed to stay focused battling President Bush on Social Security.

"We're going to use Terri Schiavo later on," Dean said...

"This is going to be an issue in 2006, and it's going to be an issue in 2008," Dean told about 200 people at a gay rights group's breakfast in West Hollywood, "because we're going to have an ad with a picture of Tom DeLay saying, 'Do you want this guy to decide whether you die or not? Or is that going to be up to your loved ones?' "

Dean, a practicing physician until he became governor of Vermont in 1991, added: "The issue is: Are we going to live in a theocracy where the highest powers tell us what to do? Or are we going to be allowed to consult our own high powers when we make very difficult decisions?"

Dean's characterization of the issues involved in the Schiavo case is of course twisted beyond all recognition. But his comments bring two thoughts to mind. First, I very seriously doubt that the Schiavo case will be an issue either in 2006 or in 2008. Second, why is it it that when a minor Republican staffer wrote that the Schiavo case was a "great political issue," it was a scandal that was reported in every newspaper in America, whereas, when the Chairman of the Democratic National Committee says, "We're going to use Terri Schiavo" in the 2006 and 2008 elections, the response is a yawn? I'm sure there must be a reason why Dean's comment is different, but offhand I can't think what it is.

Dean has a unique ability to put his foot in his mouth, from which the Republicans will continue to reap benefits as long as Dean holds his present position.

Hat tip - Powerline

Posted by Hyscience at April 16, 2005 8:02 PM

Howard Dean will get nowhere with that kind of strategy. He will fail to make an impact for quite a few reasons:

1. Both Democrats and Republicans voted to try and save Terri. It was not an issue that was decided on party lines.

2. There is a timing issue here. If this was to be used now, then the public would still be reacting according to their perception as fed to them by the MSM on the facts of the case. However, bloggers have the opportunity to ensure that the real facts of this case are presented. Once people realize that they have been hoodwinked there will be a backlash against those who were responsible for the death of Terri, because of their inaction.

3. There is sufficient time available to get the message across that this was not a private family issue, and that the disabled have a right to be protected from the unscrupulous. This means that a nail needs to be hammered into the coffin of MS and co.

Posted by: Maggie4life at April 17, 2005 2:21 AM

The only way the Republicans will save my long lost party from Demonaic is to nail Justice with his own coffin nail and use the Judical Conduct Law aganst him, guardian ad litem [for Terri Schiavo], acting in the role himself—prohibited by Canon 3 of the state Code of Judicial Conduct and hold him in contempt of congress. If it happens, it will shock me.

Too may people will lose their jobs.

By the way, Mary Labyak, has had 7 separate liens levied personally against her! All for not paying condominium and homeowners WHy would one woman buy so many properties?

This is so disgusting. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see what those law makers and hospice people are doing and how they make their living. They created a law to kill Terri, in broad daylight. No blow back.

Posted by: TyrannyBuster at April 19, 2005 5:29 AM

By the way, Mary Labyak, has had 7 separate liens levied personally against her! All for not paying condominium and homeowners "TAXES" Why would one woman buy so many properties?


Posted by: TyrannyBuster at April 19, 2005 5:32 AM

I would love for this woman to go see Judge Greer and tell him her story and look into his dark empty eyes.

Mom In Similar Situation Defends Schiavo Family

Mike Donahue, KOIN News 6

PORTLAND -- Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer says Congress is intruding where it has no business. He believes that Terri Schiavo's parents are overruling her wishes.
But a local mother disagrees. She says when there are no written instructions, a parent should have the right to intervene.

Kelly Masterson was 26 when an auto accident left her in a vegetative state. Doctors offered no hope.

"In fact, they even called me back and said that she was going and there wasn't much time and they were going to turn everything off and let her go," Kelly's mom, Karen Masterson, said.

That was five years ago. Today, Kelly is whispering words and sitting up by herself. With the help of her mom and a walker, she walks. And she's using a hand that was useless.

"If I listened to everybody who said, 'Give up, it isn't worth it,' I wouldn't be here today with my daughter," Masterson said.

Like Schiavo, Kelly had left no written instructions, so her mother decided to give her daughter a chance. A Japanese-made device called a nerve stimulator awoke Kelly from her coma. Masterson offered the same treatment to Schiavo, but she says husband won't allow it.

"I feel the judge should say OK, let the parents take care of her. They want her. Let them give her a chance."

Kelly gets her food, water and meds through a feeding tube. To remove it, her mother believes, would be torture.

Masterson says sometimes she wonders if she's doing this for herself.

"But I look at her and I think she's happy."

And when she imagines Kelly in another five years, she knows even more.


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Posted by: TyrannyBuster at April 19, 2005 6:23 AM

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