Here’s an oldie but a goodie (moreso for those, like I, who hadn’t seen it yet): Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) at a committee hearing circa 2006 wherein she declares that Terri Schiavo should be kept alive because she was “healthy” and that despite her “brain damage”, “she was not terminally ill” … when Schiavo was in a permanent vegetative state due to the fact that her brain had turned to mush.
I love that audience’s reaction. And this YouTube comment: “Bachmann been braindead for years and looks surprisingly healthy, so why not Schiavo?” (Touché?)
Of course, it’s clear that Bachmann was referring to the state of Schiavo’s external, non-liquified-brain body, which was indeed perfectly “healthy” – in the sense that it could be sustained indefinitely … as long as it remained attached to life support. After all, to Bachmann (and other religious-rightists), all that matters is that the person be alive in the strictest sense, any semblance of well-being or quality of life be damned. Doesn’t matter if they’re mentally impaired, or long-suffering, or even nothing but a shell at that point; if their heart’s beating, keep ’em tied to life at all costs. I find that to be a far scarier thought than mere death itself could ever be.
That is why these people are so dangerous. They are the 21st Century’s boogeyman, only this time, they’re not hiding under the bed; they’re vying for presidency.