“We Have Seen The Enemy . . . And it is Us” – Pogo
Vol: 42 Issue: 22 Tuesday, March 22, 2005
That punch line from the Pogo cartoon strip leaped to my mind as I read a poll that says that 63% of Americans believe the government is right in ordering Terri Schiavo’s death by slow starvation.
If two-thirds of Americans have no objection to the convenience killing of a helpless woman over the objections of her parents, then it appears that Pogo is right.
The only solace I can take from this is the knowledge that the numbers wouldn’t be so overwhelming if the question had been put to them accurately.
The poll, conducted by ABCNews, carefully framed the ‘question’ — actually a statement followed by a question — this way:
“Schiavo suffered brain damage and has been on life support for 15 years. Doctors say she has no consciousness and her condition is irreversible. Her husband and her parents disagree about whether she would have wanted to be kept alive. Florida courts have sided with the husband and her feeding tube was removed on Friday.”
Having presented the carefully selected ‘facts’ – all of which are in dispute — the pollsters finally get to the question: “What’s your opinion on this case do you support or oppose the decision to remove Schiavo’s feeding tube?”
Calling Schiavo’s feeding tube ‘life support’ conjures up images of somebody hooked up to machines that are artificially keeping her alive. The ‘life support’ under discussion here is food and water delivered through a tube because she can’t swallow.
ABC’s pollsters also didn’t mention her husband has a common law wife and two kids or that her parents have been forbidden to have Terri examined by their doctors. And it failed to mention ‘starvation.’
But, even with those qualifiers, it is horrifying to think that two-thirds of Americans have bought into the culture of death even to the degree portrayed by this obviously tainted poll.
The question – “do you support or oppose the decision to remove Schiavo’s feeding tube?” — even ignorance can’t excuse. No matter how you phrased it, the fact 63% of Americans are ambivalent to the idea that the courts can order someone’s death under ANY circumstances is chilling.
I’ve noted that, in the main, those who vote for death for some group are usually not directly impacted by the decision. Abortion is not something that most voters fear might happen to them.
Even those who favor assisted suicide do so expecting that they will have a say in the decision, since ‘suicide’ implies consent.
The poll tried to deal with that issue, asking, “If you were in this condition, would you want to be kept alive, or not?” Seventy-eight percent said no. But, as we’ve noted, the ‘condition’ Terri is in is under some dispute.
The steady drumbeat of the death culture has numbed us to the degree that we can consent, by a wide majority, to the forced euthanasia of the disabled, given the ‘correct’ circumstances.
And nobody has noticed yet that the culture of death is steadily creeping into their own demographic — by consenting to the death of Terri Schiavo, we consent to our own. The only difference is that of circumstance.
Circumstances change — and so does what makes them the ‘correct’ ones. Following the current logic, in 20 years, some court will reverse Scott Peterson’s convictions for murdering his wife and unborn son.
If he merely involuntarily euthanized his wife and performed a late term abortion on his son, then shouldn’t he have been charged with practicing medicine without a license?
The issue is being kicked back and forth on partisan grounds, with the GOP seeking to mollify its conservative (read ‘Christian’) base on one side, and with the Democrats trying to make points with its ‘pro-choice’ and ‘right-to-die’ constituencies on the other.
It’s being kicked back and forth in the media as propagandists from both sides prepare their versions of the ‘truth’ and why the other side is all wet.
The legal community is divided over whether the Constitution empowers the Congress with protecting Americans or if it is forbidden to interfere with a state’s failure to do so.
As Terri Schiavo slowly starves to death in front of her helpless parents.
I don’t want to come off like a crusader for Terri Schiavo — I am an observer more than an advocate. I take a somewhat fatalist position born out of seeing the prophecies of Scripture unfold before my eyes in this generation.
Everything God said was going to happen has happened, or is happening now. Since this IS the kind of thing the Bible said to expect in the last days, advocating against it misses the point.
Bible prophecy was given to the Church so that we, by our observations, would know that the return of the Lord was at hand.
“And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe. ” (John 14:29)
The fact that there can be a popular consensus that the government has the right to take the life of a disabled person means it is too late for advocacy anyway.
In the forums, someone asked about ‘Christian anger’.
‘Dan’ wrote: “I was just curious as to what your feelings are on the anger that manifests itself when we witness such ridiculously insane actions from mankind. How can we not gasp in utter horror with the way these peoples mind’s are functioning (or not functioning so to speak)? Do you feel it’s justified anger or are we allowing Satan a foothold on us?”
It seems a fair question. Paul warned that, “in the last days perilous times shall come.” (2nd Timothy 3:1) I’ve quoted this passage outlining the steady devolution of society in the last days enough times that I won’t waste space doing it again.
Paul describes the kind of social mores that can permit the starvation of the disabled and the dismemberment of the unborn without emotion. From a public that would be instantly polarized if the ‘victim’ was a condemned criminal instead. And nobody seems to notice the contradiction.
Bible prophecy was given to us so that the chaos enveloping our world would also carry a message to the Church — that all continues to go according to Divine Plan, that God remains on His Throne and that He remains intimately involved in the affairs of men.
We can’t help but be angry, but we need to keep the Big Picture in mind all the same. God told us how things would unfold in the last days so that, as Jesus said, “when it is come to pass, ye might believe.”
So we observe what is coming to pass, and, rather than despairing, we take hope from the knowledge it is part of a larger, preordained plan for the ages. We KNOW it is, because God has furnished us with a Copy of the plan.
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” (2nd Timothy 3:16-17)
Moreover, Paul tells us that; “all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
The chaos and tragedy and insanity of a world that can cheerfully starve a helpless woman to death can also point the way to salvation and rattle the lost into seeking it.
That’s why the Lord gave us prophecy, and that’s why He appointed some within the Church to study it. Not every Christian studies prophecy, and to them, those who do have a few screws loose.
But God appointed His watchmen and posted them on the wall for His own reasons, and promised a unique “Crown of Righteousness” that will be given “unto all them also that love His appearing.” (2nd Timothy 4:8)
It is given to us as watchmen to observe and to report the Good News buried behind the bad news. We needn’t be angry or fearful — this is the time to be bold!
The evidence is all around us. The Lord is coming soon!