Jeb Bush: Unforgiven

This really was one of the absolute worst uses of government in American history: 

John K. Stargel, a Republican in the Florida legislature, filed a brief allowing Bush to issue a “one-time stay.” Bush quickly signed the bill, “Terri’s Law” less than 24 hours after it was introduced to the Florida legislature. Bush also issued an executive order to put the feeding tube back in Schiavo. Legal battles ensued, and a circuit court judge ruled “Terri’s Law” unconstitutional.

Bush asked the United States Supreme Court to review the case but the High Court refused. The governor attempted to keep Schiavo on life support through the Department of Children and Families, which used motions to intervene based on “thousands of anonymous allegations of abuse against Terri Schiavo.”

After years of legal manueverings, and national outcry, Schiavo died on March 31, 2005. An autopsy found that her arms and legs had atrophied and her brain had shrunk to half its regular size. Terri Schiavo wasn’t able to see or feel anything, including pain according to the autopsy. Bush read the autopsy and urged the lead prosecutor in Pinellas County to review the case “without any preconceptions as to the outcome.”

Someday our kids will NOT believe we spent weeks and weeks, as a society, weighing in on this family’s tragedy. I mean they will not believe we couldn’t leave these people the hell alone to work out whatever they needed to work out.


4 thoughts on “Jeb Bush: Unforgiven

  1. The Politico article TPM linked to really made me, well, pissed. But also troubled. They are people who will not compromise. Under any circumstances. Oh, they’ll shut up and follow the letter of the law if they’re forced to, but — and we see this with abortion and voting rights — as soon as they feel like they can push back, they go full force, all out. And that’s…not good…

  2. the thing that still upsets me on a personal level is how Jeb Bush – how the Bush family in general – keeps trying to use tragedies as fodder for political ends and attempts to win elections. He took what should have been a private family matter – over quality-of-life / right-to-die issues – and turned it into a three-ring circus that ruined lives and made a mockery of the law and legitimate pro-life arguments (as opposed to the pro-fetus BS the far right obsess over).

  3. For someone who “isn’t conservative enough” for the right-wingers, Jeb sure is willing to dictate right-wing stands on social issues to others. If you ignore ‘common core’ and immigration, Jeb Bush is about as far right as any of them ought to desire.

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