Tom DeLay: Do As I Say, Not As I DoSo where do we stand? Well, according to the evil Fox News--which, in order to track where the right wing is going with this has been my TV source on the Schiavo fiasco(for real news I've been relying as usual on a variety of internet and print sources; I never use TV for facts, just reading where the current is being forced)-- they tried to give her communion(which, if she'd been able to swallow the few drops of communion wine they put on her lips, would have killed her no matter whose blood it was) and are alternately telling protesters to go home and to stay there. Noted zealot and 80s nostalgia figure Randall Terry has invoked the kind of talk one associates withn armed insurrection of government, incredibly inappropriately quoting Jeffersonian rhetoric about the right of people to abolish a form of government they don't like. He was followed by a priest who, in the most rabid tones you can imagine, implored(and, like Terry, threatened) Jeb Bush to intervene and announced that tomorrow he and many others will go to Congress to protest on the last day of that disingenuous subpoena--and even want to drag Terri Schiavo with them, also calling on Congress to. Nice to see how much respect they have for Terri. I imagine they think of it as "look what horrible things you're making us do to Terri on Terri's presumed behalf!" Well, maybe not in those words.No doubt getting the crowd to storm the hospice and take her out so that they can drag her there is something Terry hopes and prays for. This is certainly quite a bizarre comeback for him, and I think that the adrenaline is making him think darkly big now. They seem to be trying to incite a riot or revolution, or at least to prepare the emotional ground for one. And Fox, whose coverage seems to be exactly the same no matter when I randomly tune them in, is doing its best to badmouth Michael Schiavo and emphasize the vegetative Terri's supposed suffering. A lot of their guests have even overtly refused to take their bait and re-emphasized that this is a personal tragedy and not something to whip into a frenzy. Fox for its part is its usual irresponsible self. They remind me of Rwandan talk radio, which as you might recall was quite effective in its own way in mobilizing people.And all this over what should be a personal family matter.And the man who has attempted to make enormous political hay out of this, and whose grandstanding in Congress may have been exactly what turned this into the overheated situation it's become, Tom DeLay? As usual, what a scummy little hypocrite. The L. A. Times reported today what DeLay did in this very situation once. Sixteen years ago, his father was in a "freak accident" and in a coma. His father had no living will.What did Tom, then a junior congressman, do? Did he say, "I don't care if he'll be a vegetable! I don't know what he wanted, so I will err on the side of life!"Actually, no:
DeLay is among the strongest advocates of keeping the woman, who doctors say has been in a persistent vegetative state for 15 years, connected to her feeding tube. DeLay has denounced Schiavo's husband, as well as judges, for committing what he calls "an act of barbarism" in removing the tube.Well, now. At least his hypocrisy is consistent.What a clusterfuck of corruption, lies and madness this nation is. What idiotic things we choose to motivate us. I really hope it doesn't blow up in our faces soon. Unfortunately, our history of discretion in such matters is not good.
In 1988, however, there was no such fiery rhetoric as the congressman quietly joined the sad family consensus to let his father die.
"There was no point to even really talking about it," Maxine DeLay, the congressman's 81-year-old widowed mother, recalled in an interview last week. "There was no way [Charles] wanted to live like that. Tom knew — we all knew — his father wouldn't have wanted to live that way."
Doctors advised that he would "basically be a vegetable," said the congressman's aunt, JoAnne DeLay.
When his father's kidneys failed, the DeLay family decided against connecting him to a dialysis machine. "Extraordinary measures to prolong life were not initiated," said his medical report, citing "agreement with the family's wishes." His bedside chart carried the instruction: "Do not resuscitate."
On Dec. 14, 1988, the DeLay patriarch "expired with his family in attendance."
"The situation faced by the congressman's family was entirely different than Terri Schiavo's," said a spokesman for the majority leader, who declined requests for an interview.
"The only thing keeping her alive is the food and water we all need to survive. His father was on a ventilator and other machines to sustain him," said Dan Allen, DeLay's press aide.
There were also these similarities: Both stricken patients were severely brain-damaged. Both were incapable of surviving without medical assistance. Both were said to have expressed a desire to be spared from being kept alive by artificial means. And neither of them had a living will.
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