Ramblings from the Desert

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Author of the urban fantasy novel, The Music of Chaos, and the paranormal romance, The Canvas Thief.

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Hypocrisy 101

In the April 4th, issue of Newsweek, Jonalthan Alter offers up some pointed zingers at the Administration's hypocrisy regarding the "sanctity of life."

The highlights:

"When he was governor of Texas, George W. Bush presided over 152 executions, more than took place in the rest of the country combined. In at least a few of these cases, reasonable doubts about the guilt of the condemned were raised. But Bush cut his personal review time for each case from a half hour to a mere 15 minutes. His explanation was that he trusted the courts to sort through the life-and-death complexities. That's right: the courts.

"[In the case of Terri Schiavo]...the president said that the government 'ought to err on the side of life.' Fine, but whose life? The inmate who might not be guilty? The poor people across the country denied organ transplants because Medicaid--increasingly under the Bush Budget knife--won't cover them? The poor people across the world starving to death because we won't go along with Tony Blair when it comes to addressing global poverty?

"Or how about Sun Hudson? On March 14, Sun, a 6-month-old baby with a fatal form of dwarfism, was allowed to die in a Texas hospital over his mother's objections. Under a 1999 law signed by Bush, who was then governor, cost-conscious hospitals are empowered to decide when care is 'futile.'

"If Terri had been on a respirator, like Sun Hudson, there would have been no issue... Says who? Says the pope, for one. Of course the pope also says that the war in Iraq is wrong, the death penalty is wrong and the West has been too stingy in sharing its wealth. So never mind the pope."

So which is it Dubya? Is all life sacred or just some people's lives and only under certain circumstances and occasions--Mondays and bank holidays?




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