Not that sound history and philosophy matter, as far as liberals go. They are too narcissistic to understand much of the metaphysical, as are most Americans. The reaction of most Americans to such a case is to personalize it all and make it subjective. "Well I would not want to live that way." And so on. It's all about them. Radical individualism has always been an American tradition...
"Second, tragic though it is, Terri’s mind died that day."
Neuroscientists have not mapped all of consciousness to the physical brain. Instead what is observed is that the metaphysical mind can rewire the physical brain to make new connections, sometimes even working around damage. It's true that the brain is to some degree hard wired. But your brain is also up to you, to a degree. To a degree you are in charge of wiring it. This is what is observed empirically. And fundamentally, at the quantuum level there is an indeterminacy to matter itself, that which the physical brain is made of. The pretense by any neuroscientist that they can make fundamental determinations about a brain is false to a degree and plainly wrong at a fundamental level.
Note in this case that there are many doctors who have the same tendency of the Nazi doctors (See: The Nazi Doctors: Medicine and the Psychology of Genocide, by Robert Lifton). They have a policy motivation in pretending that they can determine all things with respect to cognition, consciousness and what "life" is. In the end it is pretty simple, proto-Nazis want to kill the cognitively disabled. They always have, always will. That is all there is to it. Thus, their various contradictions. It is not as if Nazi ideas appeared with Nazism, or disappeared with its defeat. Subpaganism goes back much farther and has always been based on a crass naturalistic view of man leading into survival of the fittest.
"Third, there have been no less than 34 legal proceedings."
They were all based on the first finding of facts under judge Greer, who received campaign contributions from George Felos, Michael Shiavo's attorney. And so on. This case is dark and reeks of corruption. How is it that so many affidavits keep getting signed, more testimony provided as to Terri's condition? Why does the Old Press try to deconstruct Terri's parents by pointing to their religious motivation yet they fail to point to the motivations of the "experts" and doctors? It seems that is the way the Old Press fits things into their scripts, science on one side (doctors, supposed experts) and religion (her religious parents, family) on the other. How many times will they mention that her parents are Roman Catholic? Yet they fail to highlight the proto-Nazi tendencies of the bioethicists, "experts" and the like. They accept their views and do not challenge them.
It's possible to go on in deconstructing the supposed case made on the Left for starving and dehydrating the cognitively disabled to death in this instance. Yet it seems that American "liberals" have won in this case. Perhaps they have won in general too. One has to wonder about the polls of Americans on this case, if they are really so stupid and ignorant. Still, politically it is doubtful that liberals will get anything out of their "success" in this case. They may establish a few precedents about killing the disabled by defining the disabled in certain ways through the Judiciary so that they can then be starved. One might think that people for disabled rights will rise up and prevent that. How absurd, they will do so in the same way that the pro-life movement has risen up and overcome the entire Judicial branch. I.e., they won't. It is not so easy to do. And in the end, one has to wonder if there is any way to overcome textual degenerates who will say a text means pretty much anything.
Well, Congress will check them....no, they won't either. They're in the same situation. Most Americans think they are just politicians, all just a bunch of grandstanding and corrupt politicians while at the same time many Americans are stupid and igorant enough to have a high opinion of the Judiciary. There are enough that seem content to have a new oligarchy make all their discriminations for them. There are enough to drag the rest into the tyranny of the Judiciary that Jefferson predicted.
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