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Entries from March 2005

Requiem for Terri Schiavo

March 31st, 2005 · 1 Comment

I don’t think it matters what your position on Terri Schiavo was — whether you thought she should have been kept “alive” or not; whether, like me, you thought that regardless of how that question was answered, the rule of law question was more significant, or not — today is a day for grieving. Terri […]

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Tags: Social Issues

Talking About Morality

March 30th, 2005 · 8 Comments

There’s a lot of talk these days about ethics, morals, moral foundations and immorality. It’s good that we talk about such things. It’s good, too, when we listen. Not everyone has the same take on moral issues. Anyone who has spoken to me would not be surprised at this, since I’m not infrequently at odds […]

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Tags: Social Issues

On Human Rights

March 27th, 2005 · 6 Comments

I ate up all my blog-writing time responding to a comment posted to yesterday’s article “Between Schiavo and Charybdis,” so for that reason — and because of the length and issues dealt with in my response — I decided at the last minute to post my response as a free-standing post. The comment read: Wow! […]

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Tags: Constitutional Issues

Between Schiavo and Charybdis

March 26th, 2005 · 9 Comments

As I write this, I’m feeling very sad. For many reasons. First, I’m saddened — seriously, deeply saddened — for the pending death of Terri Schiavo. I’m not sure that it’s right. I have faith in our judicial system to uphold our laws, but that doesn’t translate into a belief that the inputs to that […]

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Tags: Constitutional Issues

Schiavo’s Choice

March 25th, 2005 · 2 Comments

Andrew Cohen, writing for CBS News, has been writing some stunning articles over the last few days. I can’t say I’ve been a regular reader of his stuff; I’m a regular reader only of the authors of blogs I list on my main page. As for the mainstream media, I’ve taken to scanning CBS, CNN, […]

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Tags: Constitutional Issues

Why Schiavo?

March 24th, 2005 · No Comments

Bush’s recent comments about Terri Schiavo are B.S. in more ways than one. First, there’s the “Futile Care Law” he signed as governor of Texas, which gave hospitals — we’re not even talking “mom and dad versus husband” here — the right to remove patients from life support when doctors deem them unlikely to recover, […]

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Tags: The Bush Regime

Terri Schiavo

March 23rd, 2005 · 2 Comments

I thought about trying to come up with some creative title for this article, but there’s been enough “creativity” surrounding the case of this poor woman from Florida, Terri Schiavo. This case is a reminder — as if one were necessary — that life, like politics, is not always a happy affair.

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Tags: Politics-In-General

Self-Destruction

March 20th, 2005 · 2 Comments

The United States is in serious trouble. Probably more trouble than most of us know — even those of us who recognize the warning signs. And it’s difficult to know what to do about it, because as Pogo once said, “We have met the enemy and he is us.” When we have become our own […]

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Tags: Constitutional Issues

In Order to Establish Justice

March 19th, 2005 · No Comments

The words of the Constitution of the United States begin thusly, We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish […]

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Tags: Constitutional Issues

Who Says We’re Hypocrites?

March 18th, 2005 · 3 Comments

Perhaps nothing in recent history has been litigated and debated as much as the case of Terri Schiavo. Certainly not the attempts to deal with youth or gang issues. Not how to balance civil rights against the need for national security. Not even the death penalty for criminals. In a White House statement, President Bush […]

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Tags: The Bush Regime