An autopsy performed on the Brain Damaged Florida Woman, or "Terri Schiavo" as her ignorant parents call her, confirms that she is in fact brain dead, and chances of a full recovery are slim at best. This must be tragic news for the right-wing cons who have maintained all along that she was a living human being, and thus deserving of the same rights to life and liberty typically reserved for cop killers and terrorists. Science trumps superstition once again. Progressives: 9,974, Religious Zealots: 0.
But it's still to early to spike Schiavo's frito-sized brain into the end zone. The struggle to preserve the fundamental right of all Americans to Die with Dignity is far from over. Republicans claim to be against government interference in our lives, but even as progressives form a conga line around Terri Schiavo's grave, heartless repugs are working diligently to undermine all of our deaths. Religious voodoo rhetoric from right-wing polemicists like the Pope has done serious damage to the Right to Die crusade, but there's still a glimmer of hope for those longing for death - either their own, or of a loved-one whose continuing existence has become an inconvenience to everyone. Courageous Democrats in congress have taken up the battle flag of our forefathers, who valiantly gave their lives so that future generations could snuff their spouses with impunity, free from the prying hands of republican politicians, meddlesome parents, and unscrupulous doctors who seek only to prolong life. But they cannot win the war against the coming Bush Theocracy alone.
The choice our generation faces will decide the future of America: Do we want to live in a Republican dystopia of moral absolutes, where men are men, womyn are women, and our children curse us for forcing them to be born? Or a Progressive Utopia where they thank us for allowing them to die?
UPDATE: The Seattle P-I must read my blog.