Sunday, March 20, 2005

Schiavo Sources

For those trying to capture context with the flurry of news surrounding Terri Schiavo, there are many good sources, but I'll recommend two.

Blogs for Terri is an excellent resource for on the ground reporting and context and reaction to events both at the hospice (this is a must read) as well as in the Legacy Media, both print and electronic.

National Review Online's The Corner. Kathryn Lopez has been providing outstanding and appropriately passionate updates on the machinations in Washington, DC. Her discussions and updates have drawn in the incomparable Mark Levin regarding such topics as Federalism and the squealing presently coming from the Radical Left on this case. This is a great source for real-time civics. You'll learn a great deal.

Classic Levin:

The idiocy of the Left with their phony federalism arguments cannot be overstated. It underscores how completely devoid of arguments they are to support government-ordered starvation. And Ramesh is exactly right on another score, i.e., the issue of death (or life) is already a federal matter, as highlighted by the Left's favorite institution -- the Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade. Did the New York Times reverse course today and argue that Roe usurped state authority? Not the last time I checked. The Florida legislature and governor attempted to resolve this some time ago. The Florida Supreme Court stopped them. As I see it, Congress is coming to the aid of state elected officials. Moreover, Congress can and should say that the federal constitutional issue here is the Eighth Amendment's prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment, and it need not cite foreign law to prove that government-ordered starvation meets the test. I am, however, unconvinced that federal court jurisdiction, which is what Congress is fighting for, is the answer.