Open Letter to America
On Terri Schiavo's Plight

From David Chu
Santa Rosa, CA

Dear America -
Up until today, I have been a dispassionate and passive observer in the life and death of Terri Schiavo, as most Americans have. I am not a citizen of this nation but I live and work here. As an outsider and foreigner looking in, I offer my perspective on this pivotal issue of whether Terri Schiavo lives or dies. As I write on March 23, the chance of Terri surviving much longer without her feeding tube being reinserted is quickly diminishing.
Let me state the facts and not the spins and half-truths of those who have a vested interest in the death of Terri Schiavo. Terri is a person who is not on life support and she is not a comatose patient kept alive by artificial or mechanical means. Terri is a disable person who requires food and water to survive--just as all of us do. But she needs extra help because she is disabled. Terri is capable of saying "Mommy" and "Help Me." Terri can breathe on her own. These irrefutable facts are not the signs of a "vegetable," "brain dead," or "comatose" person that the mainstream media keeps repeating over and over again as though their spin is reality. (ABC Caught: Schiavo Poll Distorted by Michelle Malkin)
Has over 30 years of Americans aborting their unwanted, unborn children so desensitized them that they can no longer determine right from wrong? Where is the compassion for the disabled? Will Terri's death be the starting point on that slippery sliding slope in the euthanasia of the disabled and unwanted people in America?
Has America become a giant football/reality show where people in the Red States think and believe one thing and those in the Blue States the other--neither sides seeking the truth? Have Americans become so brainwashed by the mainstream media and the two political parties that everything becomes a political football of whose side you are on? Not about what is the right thing to do in a particular situation? Not about what is the right thing to do in Terri Schiavo's plight?
Has the rule of law in America become so hollow and so brittle? Where is the "compassionate conservatism"? Where is the "bleeding heart liberalism"? Has the application of the laws in America become like those of Nazi Germany where the police and courts are just taking orders and following the law? Where will this end up?
Has the president of the greatest and most powerful nation on this planet become so impotent and so powerless as to not be able to save the life of one individual in America? Do we honestly believe that if Jenna or Barbara, the twin daughters of President Bush, were in the exact situation as Terri Schiavo is now that President Bush wouldn't "kick some butt"to save them?
Finally, have the American people forgotten the admonishment from Moses: "I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse; therefore choose life."
If Terri Schiavo dies at the hands of her husband and the court system of America, I am afraid that her death will mark the beginning of the end of America as that beacon of hope and freedom and liberty for this world. What a sad day that shall be.
Most regretfully yours,
David Chu



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