I originally penned this on March 27, 2005, just three days before this young disabled woman succumbed to dehydration and starvation and died. With the close of the year 2005, what I wrote then is to me one of the saddest days in American History. March 31, 2005. The day Terri Schindler/Schiavo died in what I can only describe as America’s first known Court Sanctioned Murder.
The Night America Died
Sad to report, but with the final appeals denied in the efforts to save Terri Schiavo from suffering a horrendous and painful death by starvation and dehydration tonight, America dies right along side of her.
She started off as the grandest experiment in the history of the world but freedom apparently was just too much for people to bear. That, or they just didn’t appreciate it enough to cherish it.
For any who don’t know, Terri Schiavo is a brain damaged woman of 41 years old who has been in this condition for the past 15 years, under very suspicious circumstances. Her husband was awarded about 1.2 million dollars in a malpractice suit in 1993, 3 years after her alleged collapse.
Within a few months of receiving the money he stopped all treatment and therapy for her, and she was responding well to it, according to several medical sources. Since then he has been on a campaign to kill his wife and the courts of our land have supported him all the way, even after it became known that he has been with another woman for the past 10 years and has 2 children with her. The courts see no conflict of interest there and appointed him as her guardian.
She has been called brain dead and in a coma by our mainstream media, but in reality, she is merely disabled mentally and is capable of responding. For some reason her husband had a feeding tube installed in her stomach years ago and now, in his final effort to end her life, has won court approval to pull that tube, which was pulled last Friday evening, March 18, 2005.
In an act of what can be described as nothing more than pure cruelty, Judge George Greer, the presiding Judge through the last 7 years of court battles over this, also ordered she not even receive life sustaining nourishment by natural means, even down to refusing her the rights of receiving Holy Communion administered by her Priest. Maybe because it would show the world they are liars and she can indeed swallow?
Her case has been through several courts, all the way up to the US Supreme Court, which denied them any hearing, as did several lesser courts. This makes these judges complicit in her needless death, but all they see is a "rule of law," even if an innocent woman must die.
The husband and his attorney, George Felos, have described her current condition, 8 days without food or water, as "a beautiful thing" and described her as both beautiful and at peace. Visions of emaciated prisoners of German and Japanese Death Camps come to mind to remind me that death by starvation is neither beautiful nor peaceful.
After World War II, America tried 16 German Judges and 23 German Doctors for war crimes and crimes against humanity. One of the main crimes the convicted ones were convicted of was starvation.
It seems this death by starvation is not unique to Terri Schiavo and has been going on for some time now. Terri’s plight has brought it out to the Public eye and as of yet, no one can help save this innocent woman. Maybe they could have earlier, but a local Probate Judge, Greer, said no and the President, Governor and both the Senate and House of Representatives of both the US and the State of Florida cowered from him.
I fail to see or understand how our President, supposedly the most powerful man in the world, can stand up to several nations to invade 2 countries, sacrificing over a thousand American lives to free oppressed people, yet cower from a local Probate Judge.
The America I grew up in and have cherished for so long dies tonight with the Schindler families final appeal for their daughter to be saved and have modern tests to determine if she is indeed as brain damaged as pro-euthanasia doctors and attorney George Felos, also pro-euthanasia, are correct that she is in a persistent vegetative state. Several doctors say different and are ignored by Judge Greer.
A family fall out, due to the misuse of the money awarded for her husband to use for her care, has now brought what I consider to be the most heinous and vicious aspect of this case to the front. Not only are our courts forcing this family to sit idly by and watch as their beloved daughter slowly withers away in a painful and horrific death, the husband announced he is going to cremate her body, which is also against her religious beliefs, and place her ashes in the state of Pennsylvania, over a thousand miles away from her Father, Mother, Brother and Sister.
As if it isn’t cruel enough to force them to watch their daughter slowly die like this, they are even going to be prevented to have their daughter’s body to bury. All this legal, by order of Judge Greer, again.
For the first time in my life I am ashamed I ever fought for this country. I didn’t fight for our country to do citizens like this. I didn’t vote Republicans into office to let radical out of control judges and lawyers to mistreat an entire family this way.
The America I knew and loved died tonight and is being replaced with what I can only call the New Nazi Reich, one where life is cheap and if you become a "useless eater," you life will also be snuffed out, for the glory of the state.
May God have mercy on us all. We allowed this to happen while we were worried about insignificant matters and self absorbed in what we could get for ourselves. This death is only the beginning, again.
Tonight, the America I knew and loved so much died.
"The underlying motive was the desire to help individuals who could not help themselves and were thus prolonging their lives in torment. … To quote Hippocrates today is to proclaim that invalids and persons in great pain should never be given poison. But any modern doctor who makes so rhetorical a declaration without qualification is either a liar or a hypocrite. … I never intended anything more than or believed I was doing anything but abbreviating the tortured existence of such unhappy creatures…… I am convinced that today they have overcome their distress and personally believe that the dead members of their families were given a happy release from their sufferings."
Testimony of Dr. Karl Brandt, Nuremberg War Crimes Trials, also Adolf Hitler personal physician. Sentenced to death and executed June 2, 1948 at Landsberg prison in Bavaria.
HOLOCAST & THE LAW
by Alexander Kimel
It is a fallacy to think that following blindly the Law of the Land, is a guarantee for preserving justice and personal liberties. The German people, the most law abiding citizens in Europe, are responsible for the most hideous crimes in human history. German judges passed unconscionable death sentences. . . following the law, while Oscar Schindler saved a thousand people, breaking the law.
I believe that preservation of justice and liberty for all, cannot be achieved without a commitment to the basic principles of morality, ethical judgment and common sense on the part of its citizens and leaders.
While I have since returned to feeling pride in our country, I am still troubled that this needless death has just been forgotten and that we only hear small reports of this still going on within our borders. We seem to have turned a blind eye to this euthanasia of disabled people.
In Terri’s case, she left no living will or anything stating she wished to be put to death. The courts only had the words of her estranged husband and a couple members of his immediate family that she once said she would not like to live under the conditions she were in. No one ever made any actual attempts to communicate with her to even find out if she wished to die just forced her into starvation and dehydration until she passed away.
A subsequent autopsy showed her brain was indeed atrophied severely, but this also begs the question, was the degree of atrophy a result of the mysterious and alleged collapse, or was it due to the total lack of treatment over nearly 15 years while her husband fought hard to see her die, while he lived with another woman, fathering two children with that woman and even starting an Insurance Company? Since she was cremated, we will never really know. To add even more insult to her death and to her family, Michael, the estranged and philandering husband, placed a grave marker over her grave with the words, “I KEPT MY PROMISE.”
We can only imagine what that promise really was.
In related matters, in April of 2005, another case of this euthanasia came to light. Mae Magouirk, an 81-year-old woman who did leave a living will that stated food and water not be discontinued unless she enters a coma or a persistent vegetative state also had her feeding tube removed by order of her 36-year-old granddaughter, Beth Gaddy. Mae was expected to recover from surgery until the granddaughter intervened stating, "Grandmama is old and I think it is time she went home to Jesus, She has glaucoma and now this heart problem, and who would want to live with disabilities like these?"
Marjorie Nighbert, a 76-year-old Florida woman, was hospitalized after a stroke. At her family’s request, the hospital denied Ms. Nighbert’s requests for food and water. A hurriedly convened hospital ethics committee ruled that she was "not medically competent to ask for such a treatment." Ms. Nighbert was then restrained in her bed to prevent her raids on other patients’ food trays.
While America itself has not completely died, we have lost a large portion of our collective soul when we choose to adopt the Nazi position of simply exterminating those who have become disabled or unable to care adequately for themselves.
We spend billions of dollars each year to pay benefits to many who could work in some capacity, yet we find those most in need amongst us do not merit our help, but instead need to just be eliminated.
How sad that the United States of America, the greatest experiment in freedom and liberty in the world’s history has allowed herself to degrade to this.