Sunday, March 20, 2005

Terri Schiavo

Tom Delay on Terri Schiavo, "She just like you or me. She's just handicapped, but she's like millions of mentally handicapped Americans walking around every day."

What is he thinking? Does he really think his listeners will not know he is lying? Does he think they will forgive him? Or, more likely, he just believes that the distiction between truth and falsehood is immaterial. Maybe he has learned from Bush how to paint an attractive picture of his narative of the Terri Shiavo story. Maybe we should look at his lies as a form of "poetry." It is not literally truthful, but somehow expresses a narative his followers appreciate in a non-literal way.

What do you think? How can such lies not be damaging?

2 Thoughts:

Blogger pawlr said...

I'm reposting this comment from dailykos since its one of the best arguments against this bullshit which amounts to a total misuse of public money, time and discourse:

Assualt on Science

This is yet another chapter in the right wing's war against science. The only "doubt" about Terry's medical state is being caused by a four year old video and the testimony of a nurse who treated her 9 years ago. Terry's current state, as evidenced by CT and MRI scans is clear. She has extensive damage and no activity in cerebral cortex (where functions we consider to be uniquly human arise). The only "hope" is the pipe dream of stem cell research (ironically enough opposed by the same people supposedly speaking on her behalf). And even that is probably an impossible hope. Even if her brain cells could be "regrown," it would take a lifetime of training to develop the intricate neural connections necessary for cognitive processes (which we have not even begun to fully understand) to occur. As someone involved in neurological research, I find it sad that rational voices in the neuroscience field are being drowned out by polititians on the basis of subjective reports 5-10 years old.

by dark11star on Tue Mar 22nd, 2005 at 09:53:09 PST

My only addition: its a shame they can't give her a lethal injection like Clint Eastwood gave to Hillary Swank in order to hurry the process.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005 1:01:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Easy solution: everyone should have a living will; if you want to spend society's money on keeping yourself alive, though brain-dead, then you pay for that privilege.

Keep all branches of government out of this except the judicial. Unless you want to pass an Amendment. That's how our system works. Sure, you could pass a law,but SCOTUS will just knock it down. (To give the GOP and fellow-travelers their due, they hope any new laws along these (and other predictable) lines will eventually be upheld by Bush's new Court.)

Meanwhile, if everyone's talking about Schiavo and Jackson, no one's talking about Iraq, VNRs, etc. This is one of Daniel Boorstin's well-named "psuedoevents." (That is, "bullshit.") Which is why I pay zero attention to it.

Wednesday, March 23, 2005 8:17:00 AM  

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