I have stayed away from the Terry Schiavo debate, for a couple of reasons. First it was Red’s topic, and I have not wanted to tread on what he was saying (I know I could not say it any better). Second, I get to worked up over these things when I get into them, so it is better for my sanity to keep some distance.
But today, I read Peggy Noonan’s article I the Wall Street Journal. Here is the part that got me.
There is a passionate, highly motivated and sincere group of voters and activists who care deeply about whether Terri Schiavo is allowed to live. Their reasoning, ultimately, is this: Be on the side of life. They remind me of what Winston Churchill said once when he became home secretary in charge of England’s prisons. He was seated at dinner with a jabbery lady who said that if she were ever given a life sentence she’d rather die than serve it. He reared back. No, he said, always choose life! “Death’s the only thing you can’t get out of!”
Just so. Life is full of surprise and lightning-like lurches. The person in a coma today wakes up tomorrow and says, “Is that you, mom?” Life is unknowable. Always give it a chance to shake your soul and upend reality.
She is right , the modern day Republican Party is the party of life. The alternatives are just to unreal. Medicines improves every year by leaps and bounds.
Give Terry the chance to live. You never know what could happen.