Straight Up with Sherri

Friday, March 25, 2005

My Political Opinion

There has been a lot of discussion regarding the political fallout over the Terri Schiavo situation. Let me express my opinion and welcome others to express theirs.

It should be recognized that this has been a very contentious time and emotions about events have been intense. I expect the resulting political effect to manifest itself primarily by dividing the electorate into three groups:

1. Those passionately supporting the right to life of Terri Schiavo. These people, to a great extent, are single issue voters - or at least comprise a very narrowly defined issue set. They will use this situation to build not only their voting preferences in upcoming elections, but also to formulate strong political activism around a very few issues. It represents a new and powerful dynamic in American politics.

2. Those passionately supporting the right to die of Terri Schiavo. They will, in general, be joined by those supporting Michael Schiavo's right to choose for Terri. They will probably assimilate these perspectives into other political beliefs and actions. They were not, in my opinion, motivated by the events - they were already politically active and effective. The situation does little, politically, to add to their clout.

3. Those not passionate about either side. They are curious, maybe concerned one way or the other, and want to watch the "Reality TV" of the coverage. They may or may not be swayed by media stories. By media, I include them all, including blogs. They will "forget" the whole thing and move on to other issues more pertinent to them. The result for them is no effect. Ironically, it is this group that makes up most of the "Americans polled", which is why it is silly to believe the poll results will be reflected in upcoming elections.

That's my two cents worth.

But I'm just a Right Wing Nut Job

22 Comments:

  • I am so disgusted with the political leadership in this country. For now I don't plan to ever vote again, they are all the same to me anymore.
    Marine Momma

    By Anonymous MArine Momma, at 7:58 PM  

  • Blogger keeps eating my comments, let's try this again.

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    By Anonymous Sarah D., at 8:26 PM  

  • I'm hearing that Greer ordered an IV for Terri this afternoon - while he takes a look at Barbara Wellers testimony.

    By Anonymous Sarah D., at 8:41 PM  

  • Just think...another freakin' nutbar!

    And from NC too! Joy!

    http://www.wilmingtonstar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050325/APN/503251053&cachetime=5

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:10 PM  

  • Here's a tiny URL...

    Have fun > the death squads are hitting the streets soon!

    http://tinyurl.com/4pojf

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:13 PM  

  • Earlier today, there were some posts about Sherri's motivation behind her involvement with this "situation", posting of pictures of her and Mr. Schindler, etc.

    Her minions jumped all over that poster (big surprise) but I was thinking about it on the way home from work.

    I happen to agree with that poster. I remember reading several days ago someone posting something like: "Poor Sherri, you are dealing with your grandmother dying and Terri dying too!!"

    Is Sherri related to Terri Schiavo? Or is Sherri just playing the martyr for Terri Schiavo? I think it's the latter.

    All this attention around her "trip to Florida". To do what? Stand outside of the hospice and hold a sign? Did that achieve anything?

    Well it achieved one thing for Sherri .. an almost godlike stature. It makes her feel good when people continually say, "Oh. poor Sherri." "Sherri's tired." "Sherri's is tireless in her efforts to .... " do whatever. I'm sure she's happy as pie that she gets so much attention a daily basis.

    This weblog is another "hint". If Sherri really wasn't doing this for "attention" or "recognition" or "adultions", she could have made a private group on Google or Yahoo or MSN to have her discussions in .. and the Leader and Minions could have called people murderers until the cows came home.

    I for one think it's very sad that a grown woman would use the tragedy of an innocent woman for her own personal "ego" and gain. Talk about exploiting Terri Schiavo.

    Very, very sad.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:01 PM  

  • Earlier today, there were some posts about Sherri's motivation behind her involvement with this "situation", posting of pictures of her and Mr. Schindler, etc.

    Her minions jumped all over that poster (big surprise) but I was thinking about it on the way home from work.

    I happen to agree with that poster. I remember reading several days ago someone posting something like: "Poor Sherri, you are dealing with your grandmother dying and Terri dying too!!"

    Is Sherri related to Terri Schiavo? Or is Sherri just playing the martyr for Terri Schiavo? I think it's the latter.

    All this attention around her "trip to Florida". To do what? Stand outside of the hospice and hold a sign? Did that achieve anything?

    Well it achieved one thing for Sherri .. an almost godlike stature. It makes her feel good when people continually say, "Oh. poor Sherri." "Sherri's tired." "Sherri's is tireless in her efforts to .... " do whatever. I'm sure she's happy as pie that she gets so much attention a daily basis.

    This weblog is another "hint". If Sherri really wasn't doing this for "attention" or "recognition" or "adultions", she could have made a private group on Google or Yahoo or MSN to have her discussions in .. and the Leader and Minions could have called people murderers until the cows came home.

    I for one think it's very sad that a grown woman would use the tragedy of an innocent woman for her own personal "ego" and gain. Talk about exploiting Terri Schiavo.

    Very, very sad.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:01 PM  

  • Sarah, where did you hear that? About Greer ordering an IV? I would like to verify that before I get my hopes up. Please advise.

    By Blogger Beautiful Belgian Babe, at 10:03 PM  

  • Sarah's said she heard it on a Terri mailing list by a woman and her husband who claim they heard it on Fox News Channel. It hasn't been heard on FNC since.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:08 PM  

  • Jez, you nutbars just don't get it do you? Here's a story from the hospice about someone who was yet again, injured by those morons sending children off to jail...

    A woman rushing to the hospice to get there before her grandfather died arrived too late because of all the security she had to go through.

    "Her grandfather was brought there three months ago after being diagnosed with terminal brain cancer -- and repeatedly told his only grandchild he did not want to die alone."

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:10 PM  

  • To the one who thinks Sherri is doing all this for personal gain, you should know her blog has existed before she got visibly involved in trying to save Terri Schiavo. She may be writing her blog for some recognition but what's wrong with that? She's pretty good at pulling together lots of information about an issue, and apparently lots of people read it.

    As for the personal connection with Terri, I think all of us who are working to save her life have started to feel a personal connection with her, even though most of us have never met her. I've shed tears of my own about her plight. We all believe strongly in the injustice of her situation, and get involved emotionally, for better or for worse.

    As for Sherri having a picture with Bob Schindler, it's not like he's a movie star or something. He is a loving father watching his daughter waste away before his eyes while he is helpless to do anything for her. So, he stood next to Sherri for a picture. Big deal.

    So Sherri has a flair for the dramatic about her trip to Florida. It's the same drama that shows up in her post about Social Security, or her post about Ward Churchill, and probably most of her other posts as well. That's just Sherri. I, personally am not that dramatic either in my writing or in my approach to life. But that's what's so cool about us all being different.

    So, let's lay off the personal attacks, OK?

    By Blogger Beautiful Belgian Babe, at 10:14 PM  

  • Beautiful Belgian Babe,

    Here is the text of what I received:

    Right now I understand Judge Greer is deciding on the truth of Barbara Wellers visit with Terri on March 18 in which Terri struggled to say "I want to live". He ordered IV's ONLY this late afternoon for Terri. I am kind of ticked with the Gibbs law firm that they DID NOT ACT ON THIS IMMEDIATELY. There is no excuse.

    IV is simple saline only while Greer reviews Wellers claims. It should be decided by tomorrow morning, per FOX NEWS. Greer asked Gibbs why he waited so long to produce this "evidence" and he stated "I've been too busy with filings with the District 11 and USSC to bring this forward". (that is what Fox News reported)

    ALL I CAN SAY FOLKS IS THAT FOX NEWS INDEED SAID THAT GREER ORDERED ONLY SALINE. I CANT TELL YOU ANYMORE OR LESS UNLESS THEY ARE INCORRECT AND THAT IS WHY THEY HAVNET SAID IT AGAIN. PLEASE. I CAN ONLY TELL YOU WHAT WE HEARD. (My husband and I)

    By Anonymous Sarah D., at 10:17 PM  

  • The quotes around the word evidence were added by the person who wrote to the email list. That's obviously not from a court transcript, and I believe it's why people are starting to think Greer said it sarcastically (he didn't).

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:24 PM  

  • So, let's lay off the personal attacks, OK?

    Oh .. do you mean like the ones you make against Michael Schiavo being a scumbag adultering wife-beating, child abusing, murderer?

    Or like the ones against Judge Greer for being a murderer?

    Do you mean like those kind of personal attacks?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:24 PM  

  • Anonymous said...

    Jez, you nutbars just don't get it do you? Here's a story from the hospice about someone who was yet again, injured by those morons sending children off to jail...

    A woman rushing to the hospice to get there before her grandfather died arrived too late because of all the security she had to go through.

    "Her grandfather was brought there three months ago after being diagnosed with terminal brain cancer -- and repeatedly told his only grandchild he did not want to die alone."

    10:10 PM


    That's just it. They don't care. They've said on here MANY TIMES that the rest of the people in the hospice were already dying ANYWAY and that they weren't in the way.

    How messed up is that?

    That is because the folks here don't care about hurting ANYONE else, with words or otherwise, except for Terri Schiavo who honestly doesn't have a clue what's happening around her and hasn't for 15 years.

    This new testimony about her speaking is the biggest load of crap I've heard in a long time ... and why didn't they bring that up the FIRST time the appealed right after they took the tube out 6 (or 7) days ago??? Why did they wait until TODAY?

    Because they FORGOT??

    Or because it's a crock of BULLS***

    They made it up to have an excuse to drag this out further and further.

    There is no way .. after 15 years .. that suddenly she spoke.

    It's HEINOUS what they are doing to her as well as the other patients and people who have loved ones at that hospice.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:28 PM  

  • #1 "Amy's medical costs are split between the family's private health insurance and Medi-Cal, the combined federal and state health insurance program for low-income families or individuals.

    When Callahan was four months pregnant, doctors told her that the baby she was carrying would be badly deformed and have almost no chance to survive."

    #2 "70-year-old Pat Brown feels much the same way. His son, Ryan, has survived on a feeding tube for nearly 15 years, since the young man survived a car crash that killed his girlfriend and another woman.

    Brown cares for his son, whose medical costs also are covered by private and public insurance, at his Sacramento home, noting that Ryan, now 33, still has plenty of life in him. When the TV is on, for instance, he seems to react."

    So I am paying for this? My tax dollars are paying the medical bills for these people?

    For 14, 15, whatever years????

    You want to keep your kids alive when they aren't really? Fine. But why do *I* have to pay for that?

    Yep, they look really happy, don't they?

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:35 PM  

  • We all believe strongly in the injustice of her situation, and get involved emotionally, for better or for worse.

    Do you feel as strongly about the injustice of all the homeless children that are going to bed hungry tonight? Why aren't you moving heaven and earth for them?

    Do you feel as strongly about the injustice of innocent people sitting on death row who have been, or are waiting to be, executed? Why aren't you moving heaven and earth for them?

    Do you feel as strongly about the injustice of the millions of Americans who are sick today but because they don't have health insurance, they can't go to the doctor. Why aren't you moving heaven and earth for them?

    Do you as strongly about the injustice of the millions of Americans who are out of work because the current Administration has caused such a wreck of our economy that company after company lay off workers? Why aren't you moving heaven and earth for them?

    Do you feel as strongly about the injustice of the reservists and other inactive military personnel who have been called up to fight a war that should have never started and have lost their lives, leaving wifes and children behind? Why aren't you moving heaven and earth for them?

    Do you feel as strongly about injustice of the hundreds of Iraqi children who have been killed by the U.S. in this war and have been tagged "collateral damage?"

    Shall I go on?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:44 PM  

  • So, let me get this straight "Anonymous," if we don't fight every wrong everywhere at every minute, we can't do anything? Um, OK.

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