March 31, 2005
Terri Schiavo’s death yesterday is a metaphor for a lot of things.
First, it is a metaphor for the deplorable condition of our courts and the way they impute to themselves even life and death issues and assign and remove rights at their whim and will.
But it could also serve as a metaphor for what is wrong with us.
We have tolerated more than 40 million abortions since 1973.
We increasingly worship pleasure and affluence and are reluctant to put up with anything that burdens us or causes discomfort.
And so we get not only abortion and so-called mercy killing -- which in this case was murder – we will also get infanticide and euthanasia.
This will be especially so when the burden of the elderly becomes too much to sustain social security, medicare and the inheritance of increasing numbers of people who will feel more comfortable in dispatching relatives so they can collect their money and not spend it on the elderly or infirm.
This isn’t over by a long shot.
But many more lives may be over unless something is done to stop the killing.
In New York, I’m Cal Thomas.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C. Watch his television show, After Hours with Cal Thomas, on the Fox News Channel, Saturdays at 11 p.m. Eastern Time.