It used to be that most Americans believed in the God of THE HOLY BIBLE, but no longer. They have a new "god," the god of self. What is most important to most Americans now is doing what they want to do when they want to do it. Would God of THE HOLY BIBLE want a woman to be starved to death? Obviously not. But how many Americans do you think have even taken the time to contact the White House, their U.S. Senators and Congressmen. The answer is probably relatively few. Instead they were watching TV, sports events, etc. In other words, they were doing what they wanted to do at the moment rather than the will of God.
And where are all the religious leaders? The black clergy of the 1960s took visible action supporting the civil rights movement. They engaged in peaceful protest marches. How many so-called religious leaders today have you seen marching against the starvation of Terri Schiavo?
A young boy from my state traveled to Florida to try at least to bring a cup of water to this starving woman, but was arrested by police who handcuffed him. What lesson does that send to this boy and all other children across the land about our laws---it breeds disrespect for our laws among the youth of America.
What have we come to as a society if a feeding tube is considered an "extraordinary measure" that can be removed from someone who is then starved to death? It means that our society has determined there is no obligation to feed those unable to feed themselves (e.g., an infant or a paralyzed veteran). Why do we then legally bother to go after teens who deliver babies in school bathrooms and then leave the babies in dumpsters? Couldn't they also say they didn't murder the babies, but just "allowed them to die"?
What the government is doing to Terri Schiavo is state sanctioned murder, and it has been going on in hospitals and hospices across the U.S. for a long time. It just hasn't been publicized as has the case of Terri Schiavo, but the deaths are no less real, painful and murder, in which the American public has consented having embraced the culture of death.
And on August 26, 2004, the Kentucky Supreme Court granted legal authority to the State of Kentucky to end the life of a citizen of the state, even though it was contrary to the wishes of the person's guardian ad litem.
The medical profession and Michael Schiavo are trying to tell people that death by starvation is painless and even euphoric. Do you really think all those people starving to death in concentration camps in World War II were euphoric? Plus, you have probably seen on the news the woman who was in a coma for 70 days, had her feeding tube removed in the final days, but miraculously came out of the coma and related how horrible it was for her when her feeding tube was removed. So much for the trustworthiness of the medical profession! They are ignoring the neurologist who has also been on the news saying he has had patients in WORSE condition than Terri Schiavo was originally, and he rehabilitated them to a great extent. Michael Schiavo, however, legally has been allowed to deny her such rehabilitation.
Why is Governor Bush of Florida (and his brother the President) ignoring a Florida law that says anyone living in open adultery (as is Michael Schiavo) can be arrested and jailed for 60 days with the offense constituting legal grounds for divorce (which could then give custody to her parents)? Do not forget that "as Texas Governor, George W. Bush signed a law that allows hospitals to pull the plug on critically ill patients despite family objections," according to Craig Gordon in "Bush let hospitals in Texas end lives over family's objections" (NEWSDAY, March 22, 2005).
From where does all of this evil come? In 1907, Robert Hugh Benson wrote LORD OF THE WORLD. This was after living in his home with his stepmother, Mary Sidgwick, whose brother Henry Sidgwick was a co-founder of the Society for Psychical Research to which many of the power elite of the world belonged. In Benson's book, he referred to the Communist movement coming to the fore in 1917 (note the precision of the date 1917 when the Communist Revolution occurred in Russia). And he referred to America's drift toward Socialism, that the Western scheme of free trade would occur in 1989, and that in 1998 there would be Ministers of Euthanasia (like Dr. Jack Kevorkian).
A few years after Benson's book was published, euthanasia began to flourish in Germany. Pat Buchanan in a column titled "Nazis: Pioneers in medicine" (WorldNetDaily, March 23, 2005) explained: "In 1920, Dr. Alfred Hoche, professor of psychiatry at the University of Freiburg, and Karl Binding, a law professor at Leipzig, authored 'The Permission to Destroy Life Unworthy of Life.' They urged a national policy of assisted suicide for those 'empty shell of human beings'---the terminally ill and mentally retarded, and those with brain damage and psychiatric conditions. In October 1933, THE NEW YORK TIMES quoted the Nazi minister of justice as saying that ridding Germany of such poor creatures would make it 'possible for physicians to end the tortures of incurable patients, upon requests, in the interests of true humanity.'...When war came in 1939, a program code-named 'Aktion 4' went about systematically eliminating all 'life unworthy of life' in the Reich. By 1940, scores of thousands had been put to death. Then Bishop Clemens von Galen took to the pulpit of Munster Cathedral to damn Hitler's regime for 'plain murder.'...After the war, the German doctors who had carried out Hitler's orders in violation of the Hippocratic Oath were judged guilty of 'crimes against humanity.'...Hitler's doctors may prove to have been the medical pioneers of the 21st century....One wonders if our young are aware of how closely our elites approximate, in belief and argument, the elites of Weimar and Nazi Germany in the 1920s and 1930s."
Not long after the Second World War, UNESCO was begun with one of its purposes to promote consideration of eugenics. This would become easier with the 1960s as a spoiled generation of American hippies wanted "free love" but without the consequential responsibility for offspring. Slogans appeared such as "Look out for Number 1" and "What's in it for me?" Many of them in the public schools might have been subjected to a federally funded program called MACOS, which included a lesson presenting a positive image of some Eskimos who leave their elderly out on the ice to die of starvation or worse. In 1974, the world witnessed the publication of a MANIFESTO ON EUTHANASIA in Holland, and in that same year, Nobel Laureate James D. Watson said: "I think we must reevaluate our basic assumptions about the meaning of life. Perhaps...no one should be thought of as alive until about three days after birth." In other words, he advocated legalizing infanticide. Many young American adults subjected to these types of influences at this time would be in positions of leadership (including doctors, legislators, lawyers and judges) by the turn of the next century, and would be making life and death decisions. Killing the innocent, whether aborting babies in the womb or starving the elderly or handicapped would be acceptable to them, for they had succumbed to Alexander Pope's adage: "Vice is a monster of so frightful mien,
As to be hated, needs but to be seen; Yet seen too oft, familiar with her face, We first endure, then pity, then embrace."
This is what happens when a society has embraced the culture of death through a conditioning process. On the surface level, the case of Terri Schiavo is presented as one of defenders of life versus advocates of family privacy. However, below the surface, psychological manipulation is occurring. Tavistock Institute of Human Relations senior fellow Fred Emery some decades ago developed what he called the theory of social turbulence, in which people would go into psychological retreat if confronted with a series of crises. For example, in the early 1960s, when THE HOLY BIBLE and school prayer were removed from public schools, the public was outraged but submitted to the will of the courts, even though courts' jurisdiction can be limited Constitutionally by Congress.
Psychologically, whether talking about the court rulings of the early 1960s or the Terri Schiavo case today, people are forced to make a choice. They can either take physical action and be branded as extremists and law breakers, or they can decide not to take any consequential action because they don't want to be considered extremists and law breakers.
Either way, the power elite prevails because their opponents are either arrested and branded as criminals, or their opponents cower in submission and non-resistance.
Thus, helpless people like Terri Schiavo can be cruelly starved to death (which most people wouldn't even do to an animal), and the American public simply accepts it. I am afraid, though, that there will be a price to pay for this. I am afraid that because of Americans' failure to act to defend innocent human life, God of THE HOLY BIBLE will permit another terrorist attack to occur with a great loss of life. Perhaps then Americans will stop worshipping the "god" of self, and return to worshipping God of THE HOLY BIBLE, Who commanded that He "shalt have no other gods before me."
(For a 30-year chronology of euthanasia/imposed death, call Human Life Alliance at 651-484-1040.)
© 2005 Dennis Cuddy - All Rights Reserved
Dennis Laurence Cuddy, historian and political analyst, received a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (major in American History, minor in political science). Dr. Cuddy has taught at the university level, has been a political and economic risk analyst for an international consulting firm, and has been a Senior Associate with the U.S. Department of Education.
Cuddy has also testified before members of Congress on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice. Dr. Cuddy has authored or edited twenty books and booklets, and has written hundreds of articles appearing in newspapers around the nation, including The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He has been a guest on numerous radio talk shows in various parts of the country, such as ABC Radio in New York City, and he has also been a guest on the national television programs USA Today and CBS's Nightwatch.