Just as I Thought Terri's Case Would Rip America Apart.....She is Bringing Us Together....Where There's Life, There's Hope!
In the conversations I have had, the lines were clear. This side cites this doctor, the other counters with this doctor. The only thing definite was that each side had already made up their mind, and pulled their facts from the source that supported their views. Very few open minds were at play. The bottom line was politics.......or was it?
Now we begin to see that this is NOT a right or left issue. This is an American issue. In the beginning it was the pro-life groups that rallied to the aid of Terri's parents. As the facts came out, we saw the groups of the handicapped and disabled join the plight. On the National level, the pro-lifers called on their Republican Representatives to act, they played to their base and moved. Many Democrats joined. On the State level in Florida, many Republicans refused to act. The outrage has been heavy. The Judicial Branch played Pontius Pilate, and the death sentence ensued.
I was bracing myself for a rip in this nation like never before, but then things began to change. Terri's fight for her life has been joined by those on BOTH sides of the aisle. Groups on the left, joining those on the right. Is it possible? Can both these groups finally find something they can agree on and work together on?
When I find myself praising Jesse Jackson today, my only answer is YES!
I don't think I have ever written anything disdainful about Jesse Jackson, but that must have been because I just didn't get around to it! I am not going to lie, I have said many negative things about Jesse Jackson. Here I sit today, eating crow!
Thank you Jesse, thank you! Of all the things I have ripped you for before, I am thankful for your willingness to speak out today. I could stick to party lines, chirping that your actions are purely political, where there is a camera, Jesse longs to be. To do this would be shallow. I have to say, Jesse has spoken out at great risk. He surely doesn't need to be seen as poo-pooing the left. What he has made me realize is that this is not the right and left issue I thought it was. Both parties are split on this issue. Those in support of Terri's fight come from both sides of the aisle and from other parties as well.
Terri has done something that no other person in America has been able to do. So for those that argue "quality of life," this is Terri's great gift to us, what's yours? Careful now, if her life is useless and she has done this, I'd say your argument has been squashed.
This reminds me of the movie Dead Man Walking. Do you believe the man changed? Do you think if not on death row that he would have ever changed? We will never know. I would never advocate putting someone on death row in order to bring change. I would never advocate starving and dehydrating someone to death in order to bring America together. I will, however, be thankful for the great things brought about by great suffering. After all, a day at the park is fun, but it never added worth to my character.