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Top 10 Tragedies Exploited by the Left

Posted on January 20 2011 6:00 am
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6. Terri Schiavo

The exploitation of Terri Schiavo actually resulted in starving her to death while America watched in horror. Democrats seem to always find themselves on the side of death. (Unless they’re fighting for the rights of a child rapist to avoid the death-penalty.) The circumstances surrounding Terri Schiavo’s so-called “vegetative state” were mysterious. Her family believed her husband had cut off her oxygen supply while trying to strangle her. Court testimony showed she had an injury on her neck at the time of admission to the hospital. Her husband said it was cardiac arrest due to her bulimia, which none of her family believed she had. There was no written end of life statement from Schiavo, only the word of her husband and his family that she had made casual statements suggesting she would not want to be on life support.

Democrats jumped all over this case as the perfect opportunity to advance their pro-death agenda. Several “Death with Dignity” bills sprang up. They took the side of Michael Schiavo who ghoulishly was fighting tooth and nail to kill his wife against the wishes of her parents who wanted to take care of Terri on their own including incurring all the costs. Michael Schiavo was a character devoid of principles and thus, the perfect hero to the Left. Looking back at Michael Schiavo’s actions, it is difficult to believe he wasn’t jailed for his part in this tragedy. During a medical malpractice lawsuit, Michael Schivo told the jury he wanted to take care of Terri forever.

During the malpractice-suit trial nearly six years earlier in November 1992, Michael Schiavo made no mention of his wife’s alleged wish to die and conversely pleaded for the opportunity to personally take care of his wife at home for the rest of his life. He sought $20 million to cover the cost of her future medical and neurological care, estimating her life expectancy was 50 years.

Schiavo told the jury he was studying nursing because he wanted “to learn more how to take care of Terri.” According to a transcript of his testimony, Michael Schiavo was asked how he felt about being married to Terri, given her condition.

“I feel wonderful. She’s my life and I wouldn’t trade her for the world,” he replied. “I believe in my wedding vows. … I believe in the vows I took with my wife, through sickness, in health, for richer or poor. I married my wife because I love her and I want to spend the rest of my life with her. I’m going to do that.”

He never mentioned at that time that Terri didn’t want to be kept alive artificially. He was awarded 1.5 million dollars in that lawsuit. Eight months later he tried to kill her by not allowing the medical staff to treat a urinary tract infection. When the nursing home overruled him and treated her anyway, he put a “do not resuscitate” order in her file. Once again the nursing staff stopped him. Five years later he petitioned a court to pull her feeding tube. There were other egregious actions by this suspicious man regarding the money and how he was using it which are too numerous to post here. Suffice it to say, it stunk to high heaven.

On the Oprah Winfrey Show, Terri’s father Bob Schindler said,

It’s not just the family saying that Terri can be helped. We have over a dozen doctors – half of them being neurologists – that all have either testified or examined Terri and all believe that she could significantly improve if she was just given the chance,” Bobby Schindler said. “For whatever reason, Michael [Schiavo] lost hope for Terri back in 1992. And from that point on she has been completely neglected, has gotten no rehabilitation, no therapy.

Most likely the “reasons” Michael Schiavo lost hope had a bunch of zeros on them. When the order came through to pull the feeding tube, the Schindler’s lawyer reported they had told Terri she needed to tell people she wanted to live or they were going to kill her. Terri managed to get out, “I waaa” very loudly. Her sack of crap husband witnessed this and allowed the feeding tube to be pulled anyway. She endured 6 days of starvation before Governor Jeb Bush ordered it put back in. Then the story went national. This sparked weeks of Democrats howling about “dying with dignity.” The leftist ACLU jumped in on the side of Michael Schiavo (of course) and the fight began.

Howard Dean, head of the DNC at the time had no problem exposing the Democrat plan to “use” Terri Schiavo for political gain.

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 of the brain-damaged Floridian who died last month after her feeding tube was removed amid a swarm of political controversy.

Dean, who has called congressional intervention in the Schiavo case “political grandstanding,” singled out House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) for his leading role in the matter.

“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?'”

Of course, if it were up to DeLay, Terri would have lived. They keep forgetting they’re the only ones advocating for death panels. The day after Terri Schiavo starved to death by court order, Howard Dean so sensitively said,

Republicans are brain dead.

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