A reader has asked me what I think of the Terry Schiavo case. Well, naturally, I think that I think it’s wonderful that we live in a country where the heads of the House, Senate and the Executive branch feel perfectly at ease using the immense power of the national government to micromanage the medical decisions of a single individual, because of course it’s not like there’s anything else it needs to be doing at the time. I additionally adore living in a country where a politician who doesn’t know me or my spouse can decide he knows better what’s in my medical interest than my spouse, and can say he doesn’t care what my spouse thinks if I don’t, in fact, leave detailed and notarized instructions for every specific medical incident that might occur. And obviously I am puffed up with pride whenever my national government decides the constitutionally enumerated rights of the states should be shunted aside when a state’s courts come up with a decision that the leaders of the national government disagree and can make political hay with.
Yes, there’s nothing that makes me feel more like my individual liberties, my system of federal government, and the sanctity of my marriage are all safe and sound than the capricious, imperial meddling of my national government and its leaders.
Also, of course, nothing embodies classical conservative political principles than all of the above, so it’s heartening to see our nation’s leaders — conservatives all! — so ably flying that flag. God bless ‘em. I will pray for them, and for us all.
Update Update: I heart Dahlia Lithwick, who puts the whole thing in perfect jurisprudential perspective at Slate.