[Paleopsych] Whitaker Online: Bob on the Schiavo Case
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Whitaker's 3/26/05 Articles
March 26, 2005 - Pimping Pain and Suffering
March 26, 2005 - Real People Suffer
March 26, 2005 - Deadening Diversions
"Everything you add to the truth subtracts from the truth."
-- Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Pimping Pain and Suffering
Respectable Conservatives are on cloud nine. The Terry Schiavo case in
Florida is something they live for. They can have a play fight with
the left, and both come out ahead.
The left and the Respectable Conservatives love to sink their fangs
into an issue like the Schiavo case. They could care less about the
people involved, but each gets an enormous opportunity to grandstand.
The left sees it as another chance to destroy common decency while the
respectables can talk big and raise money on an issue that is
emotionally touching and splashy but peripheral to the main issues.
Respectables and their unwitting followers get all worked up over this
type of issue because it's safe. No one can be called a racist or
bigot or hater for siding with Schiavo. Common pity and sympathy are
natural in such an individual case. The poor, beleagured working man
with a sense of decency can give full vent to his emotions in this
type of case without harming the left in any way.
Real leadership requires tough decision-making, detachment, and
dedication to the big picture. Most people are incapable of this,
especially with issues outside their immediate purview. That is why
Jesus was so condemning of the scribes and Pharisees. They were the
leaders of their day, and were living off of the people, "making
merchandise" of them.
This is why Jesus told his disciples that the "greatest is the servant
of all." He was talking about LEADERSHIP. A real leader serves his
people by doing what is best for them, regardless of the cost to
A Respectable helps himself to a big serving of his people.
Real People Suffer
The Schiavo case is a real tragedy for the families involved. It is
shameful that their personal suffering is made into a political and
media circus act.
Few people relate to abstract ideas. People relate to other people,
and that is why these personal cases create such attraction.
The influence of TV and other media has warped this very human trait
all out of perspective. That is why Congress and the Supreme Court and
the President must all weigh in on this case and "do something!"
Anyone who believes a country can be governed adequately in this
manner is out of his mind. It takes someone like Ole Bob to point this
When there is a natural disaster like the Florida hurricanes last
year, the Governor and the President must immediately get on a
helicopter and rush to the scene. Why? What good can they accomplish?
They are wasting thousands of dollars and impeding the efforts to
alleviate REAL suffering by REAL people. All for a dog and pony show.
Meanwhile back on planet earth, in fact in the same state of Florida,
a little girl is brutally raped and murdered by a repeat "sex
offender." The life of a family is torn apart because the left has
succeeded in keeping these animals out of the electric chair and
putting them back into REAL neighborhoods where they can prey on REAL
Oh, you'll hear Respectable Conservatives pound their fists about
bringing back the death penalty and keeping these people locked up.
But will you ever hear one remind a leftist who got them back on the
streets in the first place?
Here is a well-written description of what REAL people suffer. It
is part of an account of a young female "whigger" that is worth
Notice how this young girl acts just like a "Respectable
Conservative." Think about how many REAL little girls are ending up
like this, because "Respectable Conservatives" have let the left lead
us down this path.
Cases that are novel and shocking grab the media headlines. People are
drawn to them like moths to a flame. That is part of our nature. It is
It is horrible when a child is murdered. It is heart-rending to see a
case like the Schiavo one.
But what can we say when we have thousands and thousands of our young
people slowly destroyed right under our noses? Having Daddy's little
girl become a wretched little whore over a ten year period is not a
headline grabber. Yet we all see these works in progress every single
So while we have Respectable Conservatives and leftists and everybody
else screaming and wailing over a brain-dead woman, we have thousands
and thousands of our little girls being turned into brain-dead little
tramps, and thousands and thousands of our little boys being turned
into brain-dead animals.
Think about this when you watch Sean Hannity or Bill O'Reilly or your
favorite respectable rail about the latest circus act. What are they
saying about the little girls you see every day?
When the dust settles on the Schiavo case, and before the next one
arrives, take some time to think about what is really being
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