By Peter Fredson
Although SEB bloggers have sufficiently expressed their outrage at the exploitation of a dying woman by the Bush administration and all the True Believer interference, I just finished watching Fox News on the matter and am burning up with pent-up wrath.
Exploitation is taking advantage of some unfortunate circumstance to profit by it. The most recent case is that of a poor unfortunate woman who has been in a vegetative state for years. The exploitation comes through politicians and True Believers taking advantage of her plight to boost their own agenda, in an unconscionable display of crude manners and rhetoric intended to wring all the juice out of emotions. They intend to profit by gaining votes and cash, and override any independent judges and senators still left in America. They intend to dominate, not only the U.S. but the world and impose their beliefs on everyone. If they have to exploit a dying woman to gain their ends, what’s wrong with that?
Fox News, for instance, is among the most egregious offenders. Several of their broadcasters seem to have astounding medical knowledge, surpassing that of doctors in charge of the patient. They have viewed video tapes made of the patient years ago, and by clever showing of the tape, countless times, diagnosed the patient’s condition as easily remediable. They use every rhetorical device to push their view, and if they interview anyone about the matter they take care by boisterous loud-mouthed obnoxious voicing of their opinions to override any opposing view. Talk about roiling up muddy waters, Fox people will drown us in them!
Politicians had no hesitation in changing laws, avoiding laws, or substituting emotional appeals for medical knowledge. George Bush, who is so ethical in his demand that judges must strictly adhere to the constitution, found no difficulty in shorting out the entire legal process and calling a compliant congress to pass special legislation, which does not really benefit the victim but is intended to stir up votes and cash. That’s exploitation!
Jeb Bush wanted Florida’s Child’s Protective Services to kidnap the patient and force “treatment” on her, but police were stationed around the patient to prevent that violent act. Finally, after many legal maneuvers, Jeb announced that his powers were limited. Mirabile dictu! This announcement was never made by his brother George, who believes that his power is unlimited by any man-made laws. His “compassionate conservatism” drips with rhetorical pity for the patient, but is unable to squeeze one tear for the many people dying in his country because of inadequate medical coverage caused by his corporate friends who exploit the sick and dying to make huge profits. He certainly does not seem to have shed any but crocodile tears for the 1,600 dead soldiers that he sent to their deaths.
True Believers gathered near the victim, holding glasses of water, for the cameras. They sent a small boy, holding a glass of water, who was then stopped by police, in front of the cameras. Then black-robed monks with crucifixes held high, expressed their absolute horror that the patient be forced to die when she could live as a vegetable for years yet. People knelt in the street, waved their arms about, prayed loudly, held up signs and insisted that the law be sent in to kidnap the poor patient, or if that failed that the law be circumvented as often as possible to obtain their desired result which was the absolute rehabilitation of the victim so that she should laugh and dance again. And all it would take is some forced feeding, a good glass of water, and tender loving care to make the patient whole. Because, you see, the True Believers KNOW she wants to stay alive despite any wishes she may have expressed previously. True Believers KNOW that.
We have True Believers who swear that the patient screamed for help because someone bumped her bed and she became started and supposedly emitted a sound. True Believers are not really interested in what their God wants to do with the patient, but in what they want to do with the patient. And what they want to do with the patient is exploit her to the maximum, to show how superior their faith is to that of physicians, husbands, justices and other.
Meanwhile G.W. Bush waves a flag in one hand, holds a crucifix in the other, and puts a sorrowful expression on his face just before getting on his billion-dollar helicopter to cut brush on some land in Texas. Votes and Cash. Votes and Cash. Bottom Line.
Pity for the homeless in America? Pity for the starving in America?
Pity for the sick and dying in America because they can’t afford medical care? Compassion for the thousands of maimed veterans who will need care for many years? Sure, just double their costs this year and maybe redouble the costs again next year. Pity for the poor billionaires of America? You bet! Cut minimum wages, let Mexicans flood the country, more tax cuts for the downtrodden rich, maybe invade another oil-rich country by some pretext.
Or why not let Millennium Corporation take charge of the poor dying patient? Surely there must be some money left from her husband or parents or supporters that Millennium executives could take? Surely there is more from which these vultures can benefit.