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CHOOSE SPOUSES WITH CAUTION
By Betty Freauf
April 4, 2005
I don't believe I've observed such controversy between people as I've heard since Terri Schindler Schiavo's feeding tube was removed during Easter week and it's frightening that about two out of three people (about 65%) seem to agree with the starvation and dehydration procedure and if they are married, I hope they chose their spouse with careful consideration especially when it comes to spiritual matters.
But what's amazing is how long Terri fought to live. Aron Ralston in his book BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE told how he knew he had to cut off his arm in order to free himself from between two boulders or he'd die from dehydration before he'd starve. He drank his own urine. He extracated himself after a week. He was weak but alive. There was a two-hour story on TV about him last year.
The legalization of abortions in 1973 began American down the slippery slope towards another Holocaust but the Terri Schindler Schiavo story put us into a free fall and it was all played out on our TV screens. It has all the ingredients for a future movie - a young woman, an adulterous husband, a family and a country deeply polarized.
And while the media likes to sell for profit the victimization of women, in Terri's case, they continually mischaracterized her medical condition which helped persuade 65% of the people to react to polls with predetermined outcomes from fraudulent questions that she should be allowed to die.
When Michael Schiavo's attorney, George Felos, gave his lengthy press conference after she died he said Michael wanted his wife to die in tranquility and he glorified death by dehydration and starvation ad nauseum, all the while journalists allowed him total control as if they were listening to a cult leader. Shades of Heavens Gate, creepy crawly Kevorikan, and Jim Jones in Guyana, South America flashed before my eyes. While there are some exceptions in the press corp, I find most are quick to adhere to the liberal agenda they were taught in journalism school and they failed to ask any truly prying questions of Felos.
I was watching and recording on video the night Hannity and Colmes on FOX had two Michael Schiavo women supporters on the program. They sat right across from Colmes in the studio. One had a T-shirt on that said "REVOLUTION COMMUNIST YOUTH." The camera flashed on it and quickly off but I thought I'd seen "communist". I figured I'd have to watch the video in slow motion because the camera never showed it again but Hannity, who was in Florida with the Schindlers, saw it too and asked what it said. While Colmes continued to criticize the involvement of Congress and the President, he chose to ignore what was right before his eyes on that T-shirt.
To some journalists "truth" has nothing to do with what is really happening but what they "feel" is happening. These emotional reasons are meaningless and are usually based on half truths which are propagated on a daily basis by a controlled media who count on people no longer having the ability to reason for themselves or having a long memory or a video running!
When Terri's food source was disconnected, there were two headlines that dominated the media about the same time. Both reported death and killing. One was about the killing by a youth at the Indian School in Minnesota. The other was a judicial decree in Florida. The media deplored one and supported the other.
How can the media justify such inconsistencies with a straight face? It's called cognitive dissonance - a state of mind where one's values and beliefs since childhood are being attacked by opposite (contrary) thinking. This attack on sound judgment continues on a daily basis through exposure to the media. "Cognitive dissonance results in the creation of mush in the brain, an inability to think logically", says long-time education researcher, Charlotte Iserbyt. [Read]
Terri's death will have huge implications and will redefine, with the help of a corrupt judicial system and a lazy media, what a terminal patient is just like abortion was redefined.
I often wondered how Hitler's brutal acts could come to fruition without the German people standing up and saying, "No!" But in Florida, much of this higgliedypiggledy has been once again deliberately caused by the mainline media by lack of competent journalism and fair and balanced reporting with lots of common sense which could be our best life preserver. But instead, the media prefers to scare us out of our knickers, as the British say, so people are running to attorneys to get their Advanced Medical Directives hoping when their time comes, their orders will be followed. In some hospitals, all the family has to do is put DO NOT RESUSCITATE and the angel of death will follow out the orders.
It's ironic that the majority of left-wing radicals would put someone in jail for the sin of racial profiling faster than they would a potential bomber. In Terri's case, a convicted killer will have more "rights" to due process than she did. President Bush, who wants to free all people in the world through wars and democracy, couldn't free one helpless woman from a out-of-control judiciary and then said "The essence of civilization is that the strong have an obligation to protect the weak."
Where were the mostly trim, mostly blond feminist pro-choice Media Queens who appear on our TV sets dressed in tight little dresses or pants and silky shirts? They weren't standing up for Terri because Michael had insisted it was Terri's "choice" to die.
When they chase a story, they usually report on the unlucky women who shared the same infected foot basin in just one nail salon in California but this Terri Schiavo story is much bigger than that. I understand there are something like 30,000 people right now on feeding tubes in America. What about all those who are on respirators, dialysis machines and those with cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, AIDS and those with chronic illnesses and over the age of 65 and all others which are a drain on the social security system. The list is endless? Who will speak for them? [Read] [Read]
In the initial stages of the guardianship over Terri, the Schlinders were outgunned, outspent and outmaneuvered while Michael was given the support of the "Right to Die"/Hemlock society movement which were instrumental in getting the "Death with Dignity" initiative passed in Oregon in 1994. When Oregonians tried to repeal it in a November 1997 special election, assisted suicide foes raised $2.25 million with George Soros giving $150,000 to defeat the measure.
About 40 years ago, I was watching the television and there was a program on and don't ask me why, but I've never forgotten the bottom line that 65% of people will discount their own conscience and bow to authority figures.
And then I read about it on NewsWithViews.com. Investigative Reporter John Taft was writing in the article about how juries bow to authority but we can certainly see after the Terri Schiavo case and how the police stood by and allowed Terri to starve and become dehydrated, should be of grave concern to every living human being because we all have someone in our family or friends who the state now considers "useless eaters" or "non persons." Major bio-ethicists in this country have declared that people who cannot communicate well are "non-persons" and subject to have their organs harvested. (Source: Portland, Oregon KXL Radio. Lars@larslarson.com 3/31/2005)
Taft writes during the years of 1961 and 1962 Doctor Stanley Milgram, a brilliant psychologist with Yale University, created some revealing experiments exposing the dark side of human beings. I assume that's what I saw on TV and remember to this day. Dr. Milgram wanted to obtain an insight as to why the Nazi war criminals who committed atrocities against humanity willingly participated in the deaths of millions of people. Often their excuse was, "I was just following orders and doing my job, sir." Taft asks, "Were these men and women abjectly evil, following orders, or was there another reason?"
He writes Dr. Milgram's experiments gave some insightful answers that help show why Hitler and other tyrants throughout recorded history have often had popular support of the population...and says under certain conditions, the Dr. Jekylls of today can easily become the cruel and repulsive Mr. Hydes of tomorrow and then Taft explains about how a simulated machine was set up to deliver electrical shocks to the victim by the learner who was subject to the instructor's direction. To make a long story short, and you can read the whole article on NWV, two out of three people (65%) would continue delivering shocks to the victim who was screaming in excruciating pain. The teacher would tell them to pay no attention to the screams, just apply the voltage and 65% of the people did what they were told. This experiment was shades of the Manchurian candidate. These frightening numbers are similar to those who wanted Terri's food tube pulled. [Read]
This will come down to a matter of dollars and cents. It will be gradual at first but the culture of death will continue. The communist-controlled United Nations wants to reduce the population to about 1 1/2 billion from the current approximately six billion. They do it by wars and starvation in third world countries. In industrialized countries, they use such things as "Death with Dignity", holding back a cure for cancer, manufacturing the AIDS virus and recently, the media is warning about the Bird flu which could kill thousands.
In conclusion, I have to ask. Is Michael Schiavo truly the evil individual, a cad like Scott Peterson, that comes across on the TV screen or did he innocently become involved with some occult of death?
This story isn't going to end for a long time as more and more facts are revealed. It's already being exposed about some strange interlocks that George Felos and his friends had with the Hospice where Terri was placed five years ago. The mere fact that Hospice, as a general rule, only takes terminal patients with six months or less to live, should run up red flags. Maybe Bill O'Reilly at FOX and his staff will finally get to the bottom of it. Ya sure! Better late than never, Bill.
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Betty is a former Oregon Republican Party activist
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And while the media likes to sell for profit the victimization of women, in Terri's case, they continually mischaracterized her medical condition which helped persuade 65% of the people to react to polls with predetermined outcomes from fraudulent questions...