It makes me sick to know that Terri will die in a week because an American court won't listen to all the evidence in the case. If it were up to me, and it's not, I would do something about it.
Remember little Elian Gonzalez? The US Government stole his only chance to grow up in freedom -- a chance his Mother wanted for him so badly that she risked his life and gave hers to give it to him. The government of the land of the free, where liberty lifts her lamp beside the golden door so that whoever comes here can have life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness--that government determined that imprisonment in a totalitarian regime was best for the child. So they burst into little Evian's Florida bedroom in the dark of night and whisked him away to grow up in a land of tyranny and oppression.
Now I don't happen to think that Death is a land of tyranny. As a matter of fact, I have long suspected that when we die we will discover it wasn't a punishment at all, but quite the opposite. However, since we know only what we have, we should, we must favor life.
But here comes the United States government again, in the form of the Court, and determines that murder is the best for Terri. Not the quick and painless death of a needle or an electric shock but a slow, painful death over a period of days, maybe weeks. She survived the same attempt to kill her once before by sheer willpower.
If it were up to me, I would get 10 -- maybe 20 -- young, strong men. With careful planning we could storm the hospice, bundle up Terri, take her home to her parents.
We wouldn't use guns like they did when they took Elian. We would use stealth, sneakiness and determination to win the day (or night). If Terri's parents then need to whisk her away to some country that doesn't have an extradition treaty with the US, then so be it.
It's what I owe another human being just because I'm human. But it's not up to me.
So I will continue to do everything else. The last-ditch petition to the President will be delivered to the White House on March 17. If you haven't signed it, please do so now at http://www.ipetitions.com/campaigns/PresPardon.
If Terri dies, rights of the disabled to be given every chance to heal and live die with her. If it were up to me, I'd take action.
Disclaimer for my attorney friends: This post is not to be interpreted as a violation of US Code Title 18:Section 373.