Thursday, March 24, 2005
On Slavery and Terri Schiavo
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a slave as "a person held in servitude as the chattel of another," or "one that is completely subservient to a dominating influence."
For those of you who voted for John Kerry, "chattel" means tangible property, and is often used in reference to slavery.
As we all know, the issue of slavery is a nasty one. The fact that one person could claim another person as property is contrary to the opening lines of the Declaration of Independence: "We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal..."
And yet slave owners could dictate how another person lived, even whether or not they were given food. Seldom was a "master" punished for harming or killing a slave.
Why, you ask, do I mention this in relation to Terri Schiavo?
First there's the obvious: Terri's life is in the hands of a dominating influence, mainly, her adulterous husband who refuses to feed her while going home to a warm bed each night. Pleas for help to the government have been answered, only to be overturned by a senseless, liberal judiciary.
In this case, Terri's life has been handed on a platter to her husband to do with as he pleases, not because of her skin color, but because she is unable to form a complete sentence.
Indeed, there exists an irony that has thus far been overlooked by the MSM. In Italian, "schiavo" means "slave".
I now return to my capitalist endeavors.