I have to admit, I am amazed at the amount of blog attention that the Terri Schiavo case is getting, and to be honest, I'm sick of it. And that's not just because I'm disgusted by some of the rhetoric (like, say, calling a survey question misleading because it states medical facts; or implying that Michael Schiavo should have no say because he's had a relationship with another woman since his wife's death). It is in part due to the fact that I am thoroughly disgusted by the fact that so much money can be spent (by the government, especially) on keeping a person "alive" when there is such incontrovertible evidence of higher-brain death. Honestly, I'm disgusted by the very use of the modifier, "higher-brain" behind the word "death" in such cases, and I'm even more disgusted by the use of the word "alive" as a description of the state that Terri Schiavo is currently in. Obvious cases of higher-brain death are just death, period. And spending money that could be spent on people who are actually alive, just to keep a person's hind-brain firing, makes me really angry.
But more than all of that, I'm disgusted by the amount of attention the Schiavo case is getting because of the amount of attention it is taking away from issues that are really important. Somewhere, people who talk about the government/media manipulating what we think about are rolling their eyes. Why don't we expend all of this blog-writing energy and effort writing hundreds of posts about issues like social security, the war (why is it that these things were called "police actions" in the 50s and 60s, by the way?), or all the people who are alive, sick, and can't get the treatment they need because they can't afford adequate medical insurance? I'm serious. If liberals in particular spent this much time researching and writing about universal health care, maybe somebody would finally pay attention. But instead, we're writing about removing a feeding tube from a dead woman, because Republicans have made it an issue.