Regarding Terri Shiavo, I, as a Floridian residing in the same metropolitan area (so it is on the news all the time), have a few things to ask, mostly to the my friends in the Christian Right (or that consider themselves ideologically conservative- I consider myself none of the above). So, I need some response from you who consider yourself Conservative, Republican or members of the Religious Right. So, respond and have friends respond.
First of all, I would say that, even as a non-RRer, I have felt, like many of you, since day 1 that Michael Shiavo should just sign over guardianship to her parents. If they are willing to pay for her care, they should. End of story. I do not care if she is in a vegetative state or not. I think she should be allowed to live (and be fed- since this is different from may cases because life support is not involved).
So, here are the questions which are more about Ideology in Light of Shiavo(and they are real questions- not rhetorical- I want understanding)...
1) I thought that conservatives believed in State's Rights. I thought they were against anything that smacked of Federalism. Yet, in the case of Terri Shaivo people want The US Senate and Presient Bush to step in. Now, I could care less if the Federal Government steps in (I am a bit of a Federalist). But, shouldn't Conservatives fight for Florida's rights to establish its own destiny? They have old laws in place that were upheld by state judges (which is why the Supreme Court has tried to steer clear). Why should the US government step in (ideologically- not practically).
2) I went to David Limbaugh's website and during his "prayers for Terri" he spent most of the time gossipping about Terri's husband, some of which is true and much of it rumor and innuendo. It was tacky. In the desire to keep Terri alive should we assassinate the character of her husband (whom I do not know and whose decisions I strongly disagree with) by spreading rumors? I think the Apostle Paul had some things to say about this. Why do members of the Christian Right continually engage in character assassination (do not say it is because the Secular Left does it too- So, what. I do not care what a non-Religious body does as much as I do a Christian body)? I am sick of Christians feeling the need to call other's names because they are in disagreement (just like some people call my friend Jim Wallis an Anti-American Socialist- see Richard Nash, et al).
3) Ideologically this is my big issue- If Terr is allowed to live, who will pay for Terri's care if her parents cannot or do not? If we save her life, who is paying for her? Her parents' money may run out. Churches have not stepped forward. Most Conservatives believe that the government should not be in the business of health care, welfare, etc. In fact, Jeb and George W Bush have made it very clear in their budgets and speeches that Medicare and Medicade are not a priority. Care for the poor, indigent and needy is not government's problem. And, most Christians seem to agree. So, does the government step up? Now, understand, I have no problem with the government intervening (because the church does a lousy job) and paying for her care- but I am not ideologically "conservative." However, many prolifers are against government aid and Terri may need it.
Help me to understand.
here is an article on the money for terri, which is running out (so the State is already caring for her and will continue)