One of the major stories that has been getting some play in the US media is that of Terri Schiavo. (If youíre unfamiliar with the case, the author of this blog has written up all of the info you need in a thorough and non-biased way.)
Unlike many pundits who are interested in this case, I canít say that I have any direct opinion. But I was rather startled by how people have become sharply divided along political lines, and the positions that have been assumed.
If my impressions are correct, the Republicans want the Federal government to step in and overrule state law in order to keep Ms. Schiavo alive. Basically theyíre advocating central control and increased government involvement in private affairs.
Democrats want Ms. Schiavoís feeding tube removed. They say that not only should an individualís wishes be respected, but that itís wrong for the Feds to interfere and trample statesí rights.
I was under the impression that the two major parties usually have ideologies that are directly opposite to those shown in this case. Isnít it the Democrats who usually say that big government is desirable, while the Republicans want to limit the growth of powerful central authority?