Stotch on Schiavo
I haven’t posted at all about the Terri Schiavo case for one fundamental reason: I sincerely believe that it’s none of my business. Which means that I also believe that it’s none of your business as well.
For the record, I personally understand that this individual is being starved to death, but I can’t say with the conviction that many do that she’s being murdered. For me this boils down to a he-said she-said argument — and the courts have determined about 18 times that what the husband says is the proper interpretation of the truth. That may not be so, but I’m confident enough in my own infallibility to know that they probably can assess the situation better than I can.
I guess why I’m posting is to make two larger points; first is that it should be ok for us (parties, pundits, bloggers, etc.) to not have an opinion on an issue — and we certainly shouldn’t base our opinion on what the two major ideological activist groups say about a given situation. Second, there are some situations, no matter how deeply they concern us or tug at our heart strings, that should not be the purview of the government (either federal or local).
No matter how brutal this woman’s situation may seem, I believe that the power over life and death should be completely excluded and detached from the public sphere. As stated by several others, if the government has the authority to re-insert Terri Schiavo’s feeding tube, then they have the authority to take it away. I refuse to acknowledge the latter, so on principle I believe that I must refuse the former.