Monday, May 16, 2005

What If Terri Schiavo Had Been a Small Black Child? 

Actually, you don't have to wonder. Instead of Jeb Bush demanding that her feeding tube be kept in place, Jeb Bush's Department of Children and Families would have been agitating to have it removed, even though she'd begun to show signs of a partial recovery. Instead of filing one appeal after another in hopes of keeping the patient alive, the State of Florida would have gone to court to avoid paying her medical bills when she wouldn't do them the favor of kicking off. Vaunted champions of the weak and helpless such as Messrs. Frist, Cornyn, DeLay, and Terry would have maintained a discreet silence throughout.

How do we know? Because that's exactly what happened in the case of 6-year-old Marissa Amora, a child who was nearly killed by DCF indifference on one occasion, by DCF malice on another. From Chris Floyd's Empire Burlesque (via Zemblan patriot J.D.):
In late 2000, as Jeb was ensuring the "ascendancy" of his brother by – among many other tricks – deliberately slashing thousands of eligible African-American voters from the rolls, Marissa [then two years old] was hospitalized for a month. Doctors and nurses saw telltale signs of past beatings – and witnessed her neglectful mother abusing her in the hospital. They pleaded for DCF to intervene. But the agency – perhaps mindful of Jeb's fierce public championing of "family values" – declined to step in.

Then came the inevitable: a few weeks later, Marissa was back in the hospital, beaten nearly to death, with severe injuries to her brain and liver and several broken bones. Now the DCF took an interest: they rushed to court to obtain a "Do Not Resuscitate" order for the mangled two-year-old. For God's sake, don't let her live, the DCF told Marisa's doctors, because she might "potentially" be left "in a vegetative state."

But the doctors disagreed with the Bushists' expert diagnosis. And so Marissa is still alive today – brain-damaged, crippled, fed through a stomach tube, but alert, talkative, happy, with a new foster mother. Indeed, she would seem to be a shining example of the "culture of life" that we hear so much about these days from certain pulpit-pounding politicians. But to Jeb and the DCF, she's just a "useless eater," a budgetary burden, a mistake to be flushed away. Without state aid, her new family will sink beneath the staggering cost of Marissa's treatment – and the decent life that she's clawed back from the hellhole Jeb left her in years ago will wither on the vine . . . .

How can this be? For one who lives solely by the "absolute truth," what could possibly be the difference between a crippled, abused, neglected little black girl with no money or connections, and a nice white woman whose case was promoted world-wide by the maniacal, filthy-rich extremist factions that form the base of his brother's "ascendancy"? Since we know from the highest authority that Jeb would never stoop to mere "political posturing," the apparent hideous hypocrisy in his behavior must forever remain an ineffable mystery, like the Trinity, or the 2000 Florida election results.
Read the rest of the post for a brief recap of Our Next President's extensive business dealings with such swindlers and con artists as Camilo Padrera and Miguel Ricarey.

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