Tuesday, March 21, 2006

 

Any regrets, Sue?

A year ago today, Congress voted to butt in where it didn't belong: an individual family's private suffering. Embarrassing us all, Sue went down to DC late at night to cast her vote to get involved in Terri Schiavo's personal tragedy. The vote was taken at 12:45 in the morning, a time when we'd normally assume Sue was busy sleeping (unless she's a secret Jimmy Kimmel fan).

Over the past year, a number of politicians, including Sen. Bill Frist, who infamously diagnosed Terri Schiavo on the floor of the US Senate after watching a video, and Senator Mel Martinez, whose staff called the Schiavo suffering "a great political issue", have said they were wrong for getting involved. But Sue has remained silent. So we're asking Sue today, on this anniversary: Do you regret your vote last year? If you had the chance to do it over again, would you take the same vote now?

To be sure, end-of-life issues are incredibly difficult and fraught with emotion. But they're decisions that need to be made by the family in consultation with the patient's physicians. They should never become political fodder for the House of Representatives. We think that it's time for Sue to apologize to the people of the 19th for her vote last year. Why not give her a call today (202-225-5441) or send her a fax (202-225-3289) to let her know you haven't forgotten?

Take19 Press Release

Comments:
As I recall, Tom Delay (Sue's hero) also butted in and made a big noise over the Schiavo family tragedy...and led the charge to take the decision away from the family and put it in the hands of the federal government....

Then, it was discoverd that, oops, Tom Delay made the same decision years earlier concerning his father that they excoriated Michael Shiavo for making concerning his wife...

Political hypocrisy at its worst...and Sue was right there Butting in with Tom Delay.
 
Sue will call Tom and then get back to you with a response.
 
Speaking of Tom Delay (and no, I'm not going to mention campaign checks not yet returned) and his pal from Texas, Senator John Cornyn. there is more fallout from the Schiavo spectacle. Remember the hysterical outcry against activist judges led by these two after the unfortunate Schiavo matter? Their call to impeach or defund whole circuits? Their lack of surprise if somebody somewhere takes the law into their own hands someday against these judges?

Well, according to Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Sandra Day O'Connor, both have received death threats at the hands of the Delay/Cornyn fan base. Nice results. Nice that Sue Kelly has thrown in with Republicans who incite violence against the Supreme Court. Nice that we can vote this year.
 
On activist judges. People forget what that means. In the Schiavo case, the original judge was not an activist. He just upheld existing law and refused to insert his morals into it. All other appeals judges did the same.

It was the Republicans who wanted the judges to become activists and replace their own views with what the law says.

Bill D'Avanzo

davanzo@prodigy.net
 
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