Scott Tibbs
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March 28th, 2005

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Ignore the courts.

Florida Governor Jeb Bush has filed a petition to take custody of Terri Schiavo as her guardian. Following is a description of Terri as she dies of starvation and dehydration.
Schiavo's tube was pulled Friday afternoon with a Florida judge's approval. By late Tuesday, her eyes were sunken and her skin, lips and tongue were parched, said Barbara Weller, an attorney for the Schindlers.
Several protesters were arrested as they tried to bring water to Terri.

I appreciate the legal efforts to save Terri, but the time for legal maneuvers passed a long time ago. As I have said in the past, Governor Jeb Bush should simply ignore court rulings and send in state police to re-attach Terri's feeding tube. President George W. Bush could do the same, and send in federal marshals to stop the torture slaying of Terri Schiavo.

The corrupt judicial system has ignored Terri's rights under the Constitution and has shredded the rule of law. The United States is not an oligarchy run by judges; it is a constitutional republic. This means no one, not even the Supreme Court, can ignore the Constitution.

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UPDATE: March 24, 2005

Can anyone answer this question honestly?

Barring a miracle, Terri Schiavo will be dead within a week. So here is my question to those who favor killing her by starvation and dehydration:

Would you, or would you not, support killing Terri quickly by blowing her brains out with a .357 Magnum? If that's too messy, what about injecting her with cyanide? How about transporting her to the state pen and putting her in the gas chamber? If you truly support having Terri's life ended because she is a "vegetable", why does the method of killing have to take two weeks?

I hear over and over again how we should let Terri Schiavo die, that we should let nature take its' course.

So why not speed it up? Why does she have to be starved and dehydrated to death? If you were about to die, would you rather die slowly over two weeks from dehydration, or would you rather it be over quickly via a bullet to the head?

For the sake of argument, let's assume that Terri Schiavo never wanted to live like this. Let her die, because making her live like this is cruel. So why starvation and dehydration? Why choose a method that will take two weeks? A bullet would be faster and a lot more humane.

"Letting nature take its course" would not be acceptable if Terri were a dog. If the Animal Shelter decided to put a dog down by starvation and dehydration, someone would be in jail.

So, again, if we're REALLY looking out for what is best for Terri Schiavo, why starvation & dehydration? Why not just end it with a bullet to the head?

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UPDATE: March 28, 2005

There is no "marriage" to protect, Mike.

Mike Leonard attempts to find "hypocrisy" in conservative efforts to save Terri Schoavo, bringing up the "sanctity of marriage" canard.

First, there is no "marriage" to protect. Michael Schiavo abandoned his wife years ago to shack up and have two children with another woman. Yet, because he never had the decency to divorce Terri, he still has legal standing as her guardian.

Second, marriage has always taken a back seat to human rights. Virtually no one would argue that society does not have a legitimate interest to intervene in a marriage where a husband is physically abusing his wife.

In another shocking development, World Net Daily exposed the fact that a lawyer for Michael Schiavo made a campaign contribution to the "judge" who has repeatedly ruled that Terri must be tortured to death. How can this judge be allowed to remain on this case?

The United States of America was never intended to be a judicial oligarchy. Instead, this nation is a constitutional republic where no one, not even judges, can ignore the law and the Constitution. Sadly, the torture slaying of Terri Schiavo could have been avoided. The time has long since passed for either Governor Bush or President Bush to stand up like a man, ignore the court rulings, and stop this injustice.