Buckley – “Enough!”
William F. Buckley Jr., one of the fathers of the modern conservative movement, says on the Terri Shiavo case, in his most recent article at National Review “Enough!”
It was unseemly for critics to compare her end with that of victims of the Nazi regime. There was never a more industrious inquiry, than in the Schiavo case, into the matter of rights formal and inchoate. It is simply wrong, whatever is felt about the eventual abandonment of her by her husband, to use the killing language. She was kept alive for fifteen years, underwent a hundred medical ministrations, all of them in service of an abstraction, which was that she wanted to stay alive. There are laws against force-feeding, and no one will know whether, if she had had the means to convey her will in the matter, she too would have said, Enough.
Clearly, this is a sad, tragic case for all involved. But the action of Congress bringing the federal government into a family law case is absolutely unacceptable. The irrational, purely emotional actions and comments from politicians, talking heads, pro-life activists and the like are simply mind numbing. Isn’t this what Republicans have always criticized Democrats of doing?!? What happened to the Republican Party of logic, not emotion? What happened to the Republican Party of the Constitution, not altering hundreds of years of U.S. legal precedent on the fly? And now the Florida governor is threatening to send in the state marshals to take control of Mrs. Shiavo, despite the fact the last such action was declared Unconstitutional? I’m with Mr. Buckley here, “Enough”
“Damn the law we’re on a crusade!” seems to be the war chant of these people; despite the fact that what they are doing is opposed by the majority of the Republican Party, let alone 70% of Americans?!?! These politicians are pandering to an extreme fringe of the Republican Party that cares more about biblical prophecy than the rights of individuals. As far as I’m concerned, if they want to ruin the party, these people can have it! I’m out!