I saw this quote today, and it absolutely made me see red: "I will not tell you when, how, or how long it will take." This is what U.S. District Judge James Whittemore told the parties in the emotionally-charged Terri Schiavo case. Don't believe it? Check it out.
I want to step back for a minute and acknowledge that this is obviously a difficult case for both sides. I am pulling for Terri's parents, the Schindlers. I am hoping that Terri will be allowed to live. Big time. Yet, I realize, as certainly any thinking person does, that both sides' nerves are frayed as this matter has come to a boil in full view of the nation.
Plus, Your Honor, there is this small detail: Terri is starving to death. Accordingly, time is of the essence.
Still, the Great Oz must not be disturbed. He will speak when and how he wishes. "Now, go away!!"
What complete arrogance. What pompous crap from this lawyer-in-a-robe. One of the lawyers should have looked him in the eye and said, "No, sir. That is not acceptable. We need this matter resolved, and now. We need to know what to expect. It's the only decent thing, after all we have been through." And the Schindlers' counsel might have added, "And since you can't tell us how long, Your Honor, would you please grant that the feeding tube be reinserted while you deliberate? There is some amount of evidence to review, and the law says we are entitled to a complete review of the record." Or they could have added, "Plus, your a federal judge. So, you can do whatever you want, any way. Please have the feeding tube reinserted." Or ... "If you can't find a standard that allows you to do this, just, uh ... 'evolve' one, how 'bout it?"
But the Great Judge Whittemore ... the all-knowing one ... he would hear none of it. "Go away, you little people!" Maybe he thinks we are little because we just accept such garbage dressed up as justice.
What an outrageous bastardization of our government. People are up in arms that the Congress would exercise its powers under Article III of the Constitution to define the jurisdiction of the federal courts, but where is the outrage over the runaway arrogance that is so prevalent in our judicial system?
Judges openly talk of inserting their own "evolving standards" for the collective wisdom of the states. They look to foreign friends and law to interpret ... American law? No, they are not. They are doing just what they want. They are exercising power. They are not to be disturbed. They are wise. They are good. They are our governors. They are protecting us children from ourselves, don't you see?
If the country does not wake up, we will have no freedoms left. These Wise Ones will have arrongantly absconded with them all. And if we are then left gasping for permission to take a few precious breaths of freedom, we will have no one to blame but ourselves.