‘Culture of life’ isn’t consistent

Columnist Charles Krauthammer doesn’t really like it when court after court tells him, and other so-called “pro-lifers,” what they don’t want to hear regarding the Terri Schiavo case. That is, they are wrong.

They are wrong that Terri’s husband doesn’t have the right to make this very important, personal decision. Krauthammer and his ilk are screaming that the law is wrong. Well, the Republicans have had more than four years to enact legislation to “protect” Terri Schiavo. Instead, they felt it was more important to give tax cuts to the rich, invade a sovereign country for absolutely no good reason and make things harder for people on Medicare.

They claim their beliefs are not represented equally in the court system. They’ve become exactly what they say they detest about “Libruls”: affirmative-action-seeking little victims of the law.

Krauthammer states in his latest column that “we do not go around euthanizing the minimally conscious in the back wards of the mental hospitals on the grounds that their lives are not worth living.” But he fails to admit that George W. Bush favors the execution of mentally retarded individuals. Some “culture of life.” On Aug. 9, 2000, then-Gov. George W. Bush allowed the execution of a man with an IQ of 63! Obviously, to Bush, Oliver David Cruz’s life was not worth living. The American Bar Association urged Bush to block Cruz’s execution, but he was too busy campaigning in California to be bothered with the life of a mentally retarded man and allowed the execution of a person with a minimal capacity for thought.

Yet Bush dares to call himself a Christian. And Krauthammer dares to claim the high road while condemning a husband’s rights upheld by 23 different judges.

Only one conclusion is possible. Conservatives really do like to play the victim.

Kevin Wruck


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