Florida voters have a chance next week to avenge the cold-blooded, public execution of a handicapped woman by depriving her of water and food for 13 long, harrowing days that captivated not just the attention of the nation, but the whole world.
Instead, I fear, too many Americans have forgotten Terri Schiavo and all her killing represented about the declining moral standards of our nation and the cowardice of our public officials.
Tuesday, Sept. 5, is Election Day in Florida. A primary vote is being held to determine who will be the candidates for governor, succeeding Jeb Bush.
The leading Republican candidate, Attorney General Charlie Crist, currently ahead in polls by some 20 points, played an instrumental role in the official neglect that snuffed out the life of Terri Schiavo.
I can tell you many Republican voters and activists have already forgotten Crist’s role.
Some “conservative” media outlets have gone so far as to endorse Crist.
Let me remind you about Crist’s role in the dehydration death of Terri Schiavo.
Terri’s father, Robert Schindler Sr., has this to say: “Florida Attorney General Charlie Crist let my daughter die. He had it within his authority to save her life, but he turned a blind eye to her suffering. Even worse, he worked to ensure her death.”
Crist, like many Republican politicians, likes to play the role of “defender of life.” But actions speak louder than words. You can always tell the phonies on this issue by what they do rather than what they say.
But even what Crist says on this issue is worth noting.
Crist has even denounced Jeb Bush’s meager efforts to avert the killing of Terri.
“There are some decisions that ought to be left to God and family,” he said last spring. “Had I been governor, I would not have done the same thing (as Bush).”
As attorney general of Florida, Crist was constitutionally charged with protecting the civil rights of the state’s citizens. Yet he did nothing to protect the life of an innocent handicapped woman wrongly and unjustly committed to a horrible death sentence by a rogue judge.
Crist is the kind of power-hungry, ambitious politician we don’t need in America. He will evidently do or say anything to achieve power. For instance, when he ran for U.S. senator in 1998, he thought it would serve his purposes to be “pro-choice.” So he ran as a “pro-choice” – meaning pro-abortion – candidate. He lost.
Now he’s back again because he has discovered he really needs to be governor of the state. Now he says he’s pro-life.
Crist is running, not just for governor. He is running away from his shameful and decisive role in the death of Terri Schiavo. He was the guy who told the public there had been no complaints of abuse to the state Department of Children and Families. Such a complaint had been personally handed to him and returned without action.
“Hoping to save my daughter’s life, our family sought the help of Attorney General Charlie Crist,” reminds Terri’s father. “Not only did Charlie Crist refuse our family lawful access to the assets of his office, but he violated his oath of office by actively cooperating with thos in positions of political and judicial authority who denied us legal access to the police and regulatory systems meant to protect the weak. Multiple sworn agents from responsible police and regulatory agencies who found probable cause to investigate allegations of abuse in Terri’s judicial and physical care were ordered to shut down those probes.”
Remember Judge George Greer – the black-robed god who ruled from on high as a county official to enforce Terri’s death? Crist honored Greer and the other judges who backed his hideous decisions by saying: “You are heroes to all of us, and your defense of the judiciary and what is right is beyond admirable.”
Every day, people ask me what we can do about the problems we all see within our political class. If only Americans would hold their elected leaders accountable for their actions, we could drive out many of the impostors – the purely political creatures who seek only their own empowerment.
Florida voters have a chance to remember Terri Schiavo next week. They have a chance to make their voices heard about a matter of life and death – not just Terri’s, but many future Terris. They have a chance to send one of those responsible back home to earn an honest living and think about his actions.
I urge Floridian Republicans to support Crist’s opponent, Tom Gallagher, to be their next governor.
Be sure to get your copy of the definitive book on Schiavo’s life and death, “Terri’s Story: The Court-Ordered Death of an American Woman.”
And the new book, “Fighting for Dear Life” by David Gibbs, Terri’s attorney
For background on the 15-year saga, read “The whole Terri Schiavo story.”
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