Friday, March 25, 2005

Ed Morrissey of Captian's Quarters today writes on the calls of some for Jeb Bush to take Terri Schiavo by force and defy the courts. This would be an attempt to do right by doing wrong and would not help Terri, her family, the rule of law, or our country.

I find myself in agreement with his thoughts:

"But we have to draw a line here, and that line is the law."

"We cannot allow our passions for Terri and the Schindlers to overload our respect for the law which protects us from an overpowerful executive branch. Reverend Mahoney calls for little less than an armed coup d'etat in Florida, one in which Bush would make both the legislature and the judiciary completely irrelevant by the use of force. I cannot imagine a more dangerous and terrible outcome from this tragedy than that, especially since in the end it will have only the effect of momentarily delaying Terri's torturous death.

"It's time to cool the passions and start praying for mercy."


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 Thursday, March 24, 2005
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 Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Hugh Hewitt today read on his radio program the affidavit of Dr. William Chesire a Board Certified Neurologist. Dr. Chesire examined Terri Schiavo on 1 March 2005. He discloses that to the best of his knowledge he was the first Neurologist to examine Terri Schiavo in nearly three years! He points out that studies have shown that there is a very high rate of false initial diagnosis of Persistent Vegetative State (PVS), and that scientific knowledge in this field has significantly expanded since Terri was diagnosed three years ago.

In particular since that time doctors have become aware of a different diagnosis that should be applied to some patients like Terri called "minimally conscious state". Like many other neurologists he says that a proper diagnosis must include PET or fMRI studies, which have never been done on Terri, apparently because her estranged husband has not permitted these tests to be done. He then goes into great detail why he feels that the original diagnosis of PVS is false.

He concludes "Based on this evidence, I believe that, within a reasonable degree of medical certainty, there is a greater likelyhood that Terri is in a minimally conscious state than in a persistent vegetative state. This distinction makes an enormous difference in making ethical decisions on Terri's behalf. If Terri is sufficiently aware of her surroundings that she can feel pleasure and suffer, if she is capable of understanding to some degree how she is being treated, then in my judgement it would be wrong to bring about her death by withdrawing food and water."

"When serious doubts exist as to whether a cognitively impaired person is or is not consiously aware, even if these doubts cannot be conclusively resolved, it is better to err on the side of protecting vulnerable life."

Power Line tonight comments that one reason so many have come to similar conclusions as this Doctor is that we have seen the video tapes of Terri reacting to those around her, and just can't believe she is not alive and at least somewhat aware inside her crippled body. They quote Groucho Marx "Who You Gonna Believe, Me Or Your Lying Eyes?" to explain the reaction of those who will not look at the evidence.

There may be very little hope left for Terri, but please still continue to pray for her, and the judges and politicians who could help if they wished to.

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We are in day 5 of the court ordered torturing of Terri Schiavo to death. Soon we may have the answer to her estranged husband's question quoted above. Please continue to pray for Terri and our country, and help in the ways suggested by Focus on the Family and Terri's family.

In defiance of the law passed by Congress and signed by the President, the Federal District Court in Florida (Judge appointed by Clinton) and the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals have both refused to hear the case on the merits and grant an emergency halt to the dehydration and starving of Terri Schiavo to death. An appeal has been made to the Supreme Court. If there ever was more dramatic evidence of that fact that our Court system is out of control and totally unresponsive to the will of the people as expressed by our elected representatives, I have not heard of it.

No matter what happens to Terri we must get the courts under control. This will start with President Bush's nominations to the Court of Appeals and the Senate Democrat's attempt to impose an unconstitutional supermajority requirement on their approval. Stay tuned.

Meanwhile keep praying.

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 Monday, March 21, 2005

This evening we are entering the 4th day of the court ordered torturing of Terri Schiavo to death. She may only have a few days left to live, and everyone should pray for her and our country. Terri will be in a better place if she dies, but our country will no longer be able to claim:

"We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness."

Our founding fathers believed "their Creator" gave us "unalienable Rights" and "that among these are Life". Our God given Right to Life is the most fundamental of all our human rights.

They further said:

"That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed."

The whole purpose of Government is securing these Rights, the first of which is Life. The government of the State of Florida and to a lesser degree the United States have failed in this most fundamental duty.

But so what one might ask. The founding fathers had an answer:

"That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive to these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."

This is not some radical call for "revolution now" or such nonsense. After all we must consider:

"Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient Causes; and accordingly all Experience hath shown, that Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while Evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the Forms to which they are accustomed."

However when our government abuses the Rights of the innocent, it does so at great peril. Eventually "If This Goes On -" our government will lose all the respect of the citizens. Then we will find:

"But when a long Train of Abuses and Usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a Design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their Right, it is their Duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future Security."

I pray our country never reaches that point. The current path is not hopeful, however.

So let us pray for Terri and our country. Let us also work to right the wrongs starting by calling those in Florida who could help but will not. Be respectful but strongly urge them to change their minds.

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On Friday Hugh Hewitt called on all Christians to hold up Terri Schiavo in prayer, and as well pray for those who can help that they choose to do so. This is indeed the main issue here. Have we as a country been so taken in by a culture of death that we will stand by silently as evil persons torture and kill Terri Schiavo? Has the Christian Church been so taken in by political agendas that we can't oppose the murder of the inconvenient?

Terri Schiavo facts:

Terri Schiavo is not on "life support". She is living and breathing on her own without medical aid, and has lived the last five years in a Hospice not a Hospital. All she requires is food and water delivered by tube, since she can not eat normally.

There is grave doubt that Terri Schiavo is in a Persistent Vegetative State (PVS) since the tests required to determine this have never been performed. Her estranged husband has not allowed them, and a Judge has sided with the husband.

Terri has not been given good care. In fact under normal circumstances the care would be considered criminal neglect since she has had teeth rot due to lack of proper dental care, and has skin ulcers that would be easily prevented though simple basic care. The Judge has refused to remove the estranged husband as her guardian so she can receive proper care.

Terri has not been given therapy or rehabilitation since 1992 since her estranged husband has refused to allow it. It is possible she could eat without the tube if the effort to feed her this way was not too much bother.

The judge's order to starve Terri to death is nothing short of Judicial Murder.

It is shameful that those who call themselves Christian have in many cases acted like the Priest and Levite Jesus spoke of in the parable of the Good Samaritan and "passed by on the other side" rather than get involved. Almost none of the larger Christian denominations in the USA have supported Terri's right to live. Her support has come almost exclusively from the conservative evangelical churches and the Roman Catholic Church.

The lawyer for Terri's estranged husband issued a statement trying to justify her murder and attacking those who are trying to save her life.

Terri's situation needs to be viewed in the broader context of attacks on life such as the infamous Gronigen Protocol under which children in the Netherlands are being murdered because they are inconvenient.

Unfortunately there is a political side to this as well, with congressional Democrats trying to oppose any attempt to help Terri, as they have for days. Peggy Noonan points out that if Terri dies the Republicans will be to blame too since they have the power to do something. Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family points out that shamefully one of the obstructionists in Congress has been a Republican leader.

In this case as with so many others, the Main Stream Media has been lying through their teeth to the American public. Read Pete Winn of Focus on the Family's article "Tell the Truth!".

The best single article on Terri situation I have found was published in National Review Online by Reverend Robert Johansen.

Dr. Dobson urged listeners to Hugh Hewitt's show to check his website and in particular the CitizenLink page for suggestions for what we can do to help Terri.

I pray that Christians and all who support Life will do everything in their power to help save Terri Schiavo.

UPDATE: President Bush has signed emergency legislation that allows Terri's parents to go before a Federal judge and ask their daughter not be killed. It does not require that the Federal courts agree to hear the case, nor does it mean the Florida judge will accept being over ruled by the Federal courts (if indeed he is).

This does not end the struggle for Terri's life, or the political ramifications. While even Bernard Sanders the Socialist member of congress (who the news media always call the "independent" member of congress) abstained from this vote, and therefore did not vote against this bill, 5 Republicans and 53 Democrats voted against giving Terri Schiavo a chance at life. All those who value life need to remember them and donate money to their opponents next election cycle.

Voted Against Life

Tammy Baldwin - Wisconsin-2nd, Democrat

Shelley Berkley - Nevada-1st, Democrat

Timothy H. Bishop - New York-1st, Democrat

Ginny Brown-Waite - Florida-5th, Republican

G. K. Butterfield - North Carolina-1st, Democrat

Michael E. Capuano - Massachusetts-8th, Democrat

Benjamin L. Cardin - Maryland-3rd, Democrat

Russ Carnahan - Missouri-3rd, Democrat

Julia Carson - Indiana-7th, Democrat

Michael N. Castle - Delaware-At Large, Republican

Wm. Lacy Clay - Missouri-1st, Democrat

Emanuel Cleaver - Missouri-5th, Democrat

James E. Clyburn - South Carolina-6th, Democrat

John Conyers Jr. - Michigan-14th, Democrat

Jim Davis - Florida-11th, Democrat

Charles W. Dent - Pennsylvania-15th, Republican

Norman D. Dicks - Washington-6th, Democrat

Michael F. Doyle - Pennsylvania-14th, Democrat

Lane Evans - Illinois-17th, Democrat

Barney Frank - Massachusetts-4th, Democrat

Luis V. Gutierrez - Illinois-4th, Democrat

Alcee L. Hastings - Florida-23rd, Democrat

Rush D. Holt - New Jersey-12th, Democrat

Steny H. Hoyer - Maryland-5th, Democrat

Steve Israel - New York-2nd, Democrat

Marcy Kaptur - Ohio-9th, Democrat

Patrick J. Kennedy - Rhode Island-1st, Democrat

John B. Larson - Connecticut-1st, Democrat

Sander M. Levin - Michigan-12th, Democrat

John Lewis - Georgia-5th, Democrat

Doris O. Matsui - California-5th, Democrat

Jim McDermott - Washington-7th, Democrat

Cynthia McKinney - Georgia-4th, Democrat

Brad Miller - North Carolina-13th, Democrat

James P. Moran - Virginia-8th, Democrat

John P. Murtha - Pennsylvania-12th, Democrat

Jerrold Nadler - New York-8th, Democrat

John W. Olver - Massachusetts-1st, Democrat

Frank Pallone Jr. - New Jersey-6th, Democrat

Bill Pascrell Jr. - New Jersey-8th, Democrat

Donald M. Payne - New Jersey-10th, Democrat

David E. Price - North Carolina-4th, Democrat

David G. Reichert - Washington-8th, Republican

Steven R. Rothman - New Jersey-9th, Democrat

Adam B. Schiff - California-29th, Democrat

Allyson Y. Schwartz - Pennsylvania-13th, Democrat

Robert C. Scott - Virginia-3rd, Democrat

Christopher Shays - Connecticut-4th, Republican

John M. Spratt Jr. - South Carolina-5th, Democrat

Ted Strickland - Ohio-6th, Democrat

Bennie G. Thompson - Mississippi-2nd, Democrat

Chris Van Hollen - Maryland-8th, Democrat

Peter J. Visclosky - Indiana-1st, Democrat

Debbie Wasserman Schultz - Florida-20th, Democrat

Melvin L. Watt - North Carolina-12th, Democrat

Anthony D. Weiner - New York-9th, Democrat

Robert Wexler - Florida-19th, Democrat

David Wu - Oregon-1st, Democrat

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 Saturday, March 19, 2005

It was good to meet so many of the members of the Rocky Mountain Alliance of Blogs. I was blogging in the corner right next to Jonathan & Lisa from Mangled Cat. They came all the way in from Salt Lake City on their anniversary for Blogfest!

Joshua Sharf of View from a Height was at Blogfest for a while, but had to leave early.

Jim of Thinking Right was there, and I was privileged to go out to dinner with him, Ben DeGrow of Mount Virtus, and Eric of Free Thoughts afterwards. Jim has personal experiences that make him particularly sensitive to Terri Schiavo's plight.

I must echo Jim's big thank you to Michael of Tucanos for a wonderful dinner. Tucanos is a Brazilian Grill. If you have not experienced Brazilian style grill, you are in for an experience and a treat.

Also at the dinner was Mr. Bob of The Daily Blogster. He gave me a little background on some of the members of the Alliance.

I got to briefly meet Marvin of Little Red Blog. Hugh gave him a nice plug on the radio program.

Jared of Exultate Justi was at Blogfest, as was Clay Calhoun. Clay arrived late, but not until after Hugh mentioned several times on the air that Clay was not yet there. I think Clay figued that all publicity was good publicity.

Other Bloggers at Blogfest included Pete of The Greasy Rag, Barbara of Girl in Right who I met briefly, Jed of Jed's who mentioned he is job hunting, Publicola, Mark of 1or2thoughts, Jiggity of Avoiding the Tar Baby, and Charles of Dilley Blog. Thanks to Ben DeGrow of Mount Virtus for the list of Bloggers and the links to their sites.

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 Friday, March 18, 2005

Hugh started talking about Terri Schiavo and stated that he felt there was cause for hope. I sure hope he is right and will explain why later in the program.

Hugh just got off the phone with Govenor Bill Owens of Colorado speaking of the mess at the University of Colorado and of Bob Beauprez's run for Colorado Governor since Bill Owens is term limited. Bob Beauprez would be great for Colorado and I hope he runs.

UPDATE: Talking Colorado politics and the need to win the Governership with our Colorado House minority leader.

UPDATE: Back to Terri Schiavo and our out of control legal system with "The Beltway Boys". Talking about the US Senate and the President's nominations.

UPDATE: Dr. Dobson talking to Hugh about the Terri Schiavo case and the outrage that the US Congress has not been able to act. This is the prelude to legal Euthenasia. Dobson's website is where he has more info on what you can do at CitizenLink.

UPDATE: More on Terri Schiavo. "Even if he is the best husband in the world, we don't starve people to death in the US." - Hugh Hewitt

There will be a counter protest against the antiwar folk protesting at the Colorado Capitol tomorrow. If you have the time show up.

UPDATE: "I am not a legislator because I hate last minute stuff." - Hugh talking about the last minute actions of the legislatures in trying to defend Terri Schiavo's life. "It might not be very likely, but what if she dies this weekend?"

UPDATE: Joni Eareckson Tada is on with Hugh right now. She is barely back from the hospital and is calling from her bed. Hugh brings up that there is no credible evidence that Terri Schiavo is in a state from which she can't recover since the husband has refused to allow the testing to be done. Joni speaks from authority since she has been a quadriplegic for the past 38 years. Someone else has to feed her so she is in that way in a very similar to Terri. Hugh asked Joni if she would object if Terri had signed a written statement saying that she did not want to live if she had to be on a feeding tube. Joni said no, and Hugh agreed. The point is however that Terri never signed such a statement and we are relying on her husband's statements which are suspect to say the least.

UPDATE: Hugh talking about the University of Colorado and his desire to be President of UC. He said he would not fire Ward Churchill but instead give him a 24 hour cable show. Sort of like how he loved the MoveOn rally.

Throw the bums out. That is Hugh's message. He wants to start a national movement to vote all Judges out of office until they state speaking out publicly about the out of control judges such as the judge in the Terri Schiavo case. This sounds good to me as I have long advocated throwing the bums out in Boulder Country Colorado where I live.

UPDATE: Bloggers are helping shape public opinion, and Hugh hopes there will be a breakout into the Main Stream Media. Hugh repeated his call for citizens to take action using the resourses on Dr. Dobson's CitizenLink website.

Hugh mentioned Little Red Blog.

UPDATE: Hugh is calling for prayer for Terri, her husband, the judge, and all others involved in the situation. His first caller suggested people consider fasting and praying for this situation. The next caller had a son on a feeding tube and spoke powerfully about the sanctity of life. Hugh spoke against using civil disobedience in this case.

UPDATE: The show ended with a poem "A Life" read by Tarzana Joe.

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Hugh Hewitt will be broadcasting live on KNUS 710 AM from the Borders Bookstore in the Colorado Mills Mall in Golden today from 4 to 7 PM. Following this he will be signing his new book BLOG. To take part in the booksigning call Borders at (303) 277-9101 to reserve your book and timeslot to get it signed.

Members of the Rocky Mountain Alliance of bloggers will be on hand to answer questions about blogging, and help you sign up for a free Blog of your own.

I expect to be live blogging from Blogfest.

Come join the fun! I hope to see you there!

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 Thursday, March 03, 2005

Recently Dr. Andrew Jackson posted some comments by Mark Byron on theology and its resulting social implications. Mark claimed that in some areas the Democrats were closer to biblical teaching, while on others the Republicans were. This got me thinking about some of the confused theology used to support political positions, and in particular the confusion in the “Social Justice” wing of Christianity.

Jesus said “’You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.” Matt. 22:37 – 40

Our duty is to love God and love our neighbors.

Scripture addresses our obligations to the poor, the widowed, our parents, and our neighbors. In the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30 – 37) Jesus goes into some detail about who is a “neighbor” to the man who was robbed. In it he asked who was the neighbor of the man who had been robbed? The answer was “The one who showed mercy towards him.” Jesus replied “Go and do the same.”

Please note that just as we can’t be saved by someone else’s faith in God (“God has no Grandchildren” – David du Plessis) we also can’t fulfill the Commandment to “love your neighbor” by pawning that duty off to someone else. This is an individual obligation and not an obligation of “society” or even worse “government”

The Good Samaritan paid the costs to help the injured stranger himself. What if instead he erected a toll on the road and forced everyone who traveled that road to pay part of the expenses for the injured man, plus the Samaritan’s salary for running the toll booth? Would this fulfill the Commandment?

Unfortunately those in the “social justice” wing of Christianity all too often forget that Jesus taught his followers to care for the poor, the widowed, their parents, and their neighbors, but never instructed them to take the funds for this by force from everyone against their will. When someone calls for government to be in the business of doing what we should be doing, they forget that the only way that government gets the money for all of these “good” things they want government to do is by taking it by force from everyone.

This twisting of scripture and Jesus teachings has multiple ill effects. It is bad for the “social justice” Christian because he is asking someone else (government) to do what Jesus called on his followers to do (not someone else). It is bad for the government because it forces the government to take more by force from the governed to give to those who are specially favored. This delegitimizes government and weakens its moral authority even in the areas government should be involved in. It is bad for the governed since it causes them to either resent government or to engage in the politics of envy. Lastly it is bad for the recipient of the governmental benefits since they come to consider the benefits to be a “right” rather than a gift given because of the giver’s belief that this is what God wanted them to do.

Mark wrote “you can see areas where the Democrats are stronger and areas where the Republicans are stronger”

The Democrats want a big government and those in the “Social Justice” wing of Christianity give them cover to claim this is “right” and “moral” when it really is a total twisting of what Jesus taught.

This is not to say the Republicans are without sin in this regard, but this sort of thinking is much more entrenched in the Democrat party than the Republicans.

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