Tuesday, March 22, 2005

The name game

One of the nuttier language games being played in the wingnuts' use of Terry Shiavo as a political football concerns her last name. Here's an example:

And for those who wonder why people are suddenly referring to Terri Schiavo as “Terri Schindler-Schiavo": Her husband clearly wants nothing to do with her anymore. He’s moved on to another woman, with whom he has two kids. He’s denied her rehabilitation and treatment. He just wants to kill her, destroy the evidence, and move on with his life. Clearly, her parents – the Schindlers – love her much more than he does. If she’s going to die like this, let’s help cut one of the cords that tie her to this creep.

So when Hillary Clinton started, of her own free will, going by "Hillary Rodham Clinton" in 1993 it was part of the eeevil librul feminist plot to turn women into lesbians witches who got pregnant just to have abortions, but now the right wing is proudly hyphenating a brain-dead woman's name -- without anything resembling her consent or wishes -- to make what they think is some sort of political point. That's not really surprising, I guess; after all, they're the same people who are arguing that Congress has every right to overturn umpteen court decisions affirming Michael Schiavo's status as legal guardian and medical decision-maker -- to make a decision that the same courts have concluded, time and again, is in accord with Terri Schiavo's own wishes -- just because they don't like the results of that due process.

It's almost like Terri Schiavo, her own wishes, and her marriage are absolutely nothing but means for these dirtbags to score cheap political points or something. Nah, that couldn't be it...

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