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Michael Schiavo Blasts Jeb Bush – Politics – Michael Schiavo Blasts Jeb BushComments below in italics:Michael Schiavo Blasts Jeb BushWednesday, March 16, 2005Judge Extends Stay in Schiavo CaseTALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The husband of a brain-damaged woman accused Gov. Jeb Bush (search) and state legislators of pandering to voters by trying to pass legislation preventing the removal of her feeding tube.This horrifying pandering used to be called being responsive to the will of the people.Michael Schiavo (search) leveled the accusations Tuesday in an interview for ABC’s “Nightline” after state House and Senate committees endorsed bills aimed at preventing removal of Terri Schiavo’s feeding tube. A judge has scheduled the removal for Friday.Next Schiavo will accuse the legislature of legislating. How dare they transgress the proper role of the judicial branch?Schiavo, who wants his wife’s feeding tube removed, said Bush stepped into his personal life and used the case “to win votes, just like the legislators are doing right now. … What kind of government is this?”It is a republic. Winning votes is not a bad thing, unless you are a Democrat presidential nominee or Mr. Schiavo.“It’s really incomprehensible … for a governor to come into this without any education on the subject and push his personal views,” he said during the interview, not far from the Tampa Bay-area hospice where his wife is cared for.Mr. Schiavo, evidently having recently earned a degree in philosophy and ethics, prophetically knows just how much reading Mr. Bush has done on the issue. This amazing insight is matched only by his magical ability to know his wife wishes Mr. Schiavo to kill her. Bush’s office did not return telephone calls seeking comment late Tuesday.In a further shocking development, the Bush administration refused to respond when Violet Smyth, age seven, said that the governor was a “stinky pants.” Terri Schiavo, 41, has been at the center of a long and bitter court battle between her husband and her parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, who do not want their daughter’s feeding tube removed.Court-appointed doctors say Terry Schiavo is in a persistent vegetative state. She did not leave any written instructions, but Michael Schiavo contends she told him that she would not want to be kept alive artificially.Court-appointed doctors should now define the term “persistent vegetative state.” What vegetable has Mrs. Schiavo become? Does the court know that Mrs. Schiavo has no soul? What court ruled that the soul does not exist?The Schindlers dispute that, and deny their daughter is in a vegetative state.In a display of logic later ruled “inapppropriate” by the court, the Schindlers persisted in the notion that their daughter was human and alive.The House bill would block doctors from denying food or water to someone in a persistent vegetative state, but would make exceptions for patients who left specific instructions.The Senate version would block the denial of food and water only in cases where family members disagreed on whether to maintain feeding. Then the patient would be kept alive unless he or she had expressed different wishes in writing.Both bills were expected to go before the full House and Senate on Thursday.This is the second time the Legislature has tried to keep Terry Schiavo alive. In 2003, lawmakers passed a bill that allowed Bush to order doctors to restore Schiavo’s feeding tube. That law was struck down by the Florida Supreme Court.Keep Florida in Western Civilization! Save Terri!

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