Elian Gonzalez can kiss my ass
Terri Schiavo has been in a persistent vegetative state for about 15 years. At a funeral, she told her husband, and was overheard by 2 witnesses, that she didn't want to be kept alive by machines. Her wishes have gone unfulfilled for 15 years. The matter has been tried fairly, and appealed, and then congress acted, and the courts acted again. It's over. Even the Schindlers acknowledge that. They're now faced with the monster that they've created: by publicizing and expolitatively politicizing Terri's plight, they've gotten in bed with some really bad, crazy characters. The Schinlders are now trying to rid themselves of these albatrosses. Unsuccessfully. In any event, now that the court cases have run their course, the right is on a hunt. A hunt for liberal hypocrisy. After all, what will Limbaugh and his clones discuss if the right doesn't find its liberal hypocrisy talking points right away? Horrors! Well, the Wall Street Journal is on the case. The liberals are hypcrites on the Schiavo matter when compared with Elian Gonzalez. Apparently. Well, check out this picture: Now replace Elian with Terri Schiavo, and the fisherman with Michael Schiavo - (do a photoshop in your head). That's what the right-wing wanted in this case. In the Elian Gonzalez case, the right sided with the mob that wanted to keep the child in America, despite the fact that he has a father, who wanted to return with Elian to Cuba. The Miami relatives publicized and politicized what should have been a simple family matter (sound familiar?) Once Elian's father expressed his wish to take Elian - his son - back with him to Cuba, the Miami relatives had effectively kidnapped the kid, AFAIC. In the Terri Schiavo case, the right sided with the federal government, Florida legislature and executive, and with the mob that wants to keep Terri breathing for breathing's sake despite the fact that Terri has a husband and guardian who wants her to be able to go in peace. In both cases; the "left" sided with the affected person's immediate family. Remember: in Terri Schiavo's case, you're stuck with your parents, but you get to choose your spouse. And also remember: the rule is that a Cuban refugee has to plant his feet on US soil in order to benefit from the special-and-unfair-rule that he can stay in the US as a refugee. Elian was plucked from the water. Under the law, he should have been returned to Cuba for medical treatment in the first place.