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Our political vegetative state

Terri Schiavo is dead.

Those who brought about her demise told us it was because she was in a “persistent vegetative state.”

The evidence didn’t support such a finding. In fact, I don’t believe human beings ever become “vegetables.”

But I do believe governments and political systems can reach the point of “persistent vegetative states,” and, judging from the fallout from this remarkable legal case, the United States just might be there.

Let’s recall just what happened in the last days of the life of the disabled Florida woman.

There are many more extraordinary details of this case, but I want to focus just on these for the moment.

Members of Congress were huffing and puffing about the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals after its decision to ignore the will of Congress. Yet there has not been a move by the most powerful branch of the federal government to hold the federal court accountable for its contempt of Congress or its role as an accomplice to judicial homicide.

This is what I mean by a “political vegetative state.”

The rule of law and the will of the people have been ignored, abused, subverted, undermined, trampled, raped and mocked in this case. And no one in Congress is lifting a finger to do a thing about it.

No one in the governor’s office of the state of Florida is doing a thing about it.

Is that leadership? Is that responsiveness to the will of the people? Is that executing the rule of law?

I suspect members of Congress are a little embarrassed to be outfoxed by a local politician-judge. I suspect some of them are shocked to find out how easy it is to ignore a congressional subpoena and an act of Congress.

However, if there are no consequences for these actions, then every American should feel free to ignore future subpoenas and future acts of Congress as Judge George Greer did and as the 11th Circuit did.

I suspect Jeb Bush is humiliated. I suspect he is happy to be out of the spotlight – to have the pressure off of him now that Terri is gone. Unfortunately, he has signaled to the people of his state and the rest of the country that he is a paper tiger who can also be ignored.

Unless these renegade judges are reined in – and I mean with criminal prosecution, if necessary – this case will represent a landmark, not just in the state-sanctioned death of an innocent woman, but in the breakdown of law and order in our society.

In other words, it wasn’t Terri who was in a persistent vegetative state. It is our system that is in a political vegetative state.